Makeup Artist Disqualified From Contest Over Pro-Trump Post

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Be careful what you post on social media when it comes to politics: a Kansas makeup artist claims that she was disqualified from a nationwide contest that she had already won after the contest runners were made aware of a pro-Trump Instagram post that she had made.

Gypsy Freeman was declared the winner of an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty called “Saint + Sinner Contest,” the Wichita Eagle reported. The makeup line was founded by tattoo artist and former reality show star Kat Von D.

She submitted a picture of an angelic-looking woman next to a black-clad woman wearing dark makeup, which she captioned with a quotation from Emily Thorne that invoked Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Freeman’s work won the grand prize, which was a ticket to Los Angeles for a launch party and a $500 gift card to Sephora.

However, Von D changed her tune after coming across an Instagram post of Freeman’s that expressed support for the president.

“My launch party (and my brand) celebrates many things that Trump is against,” Von D said in an Instagram direct message. “And I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist, anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump.”

“[I’ve] drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man,” she added.

Freeman blasted Von D’s decision as “bigotry” and “hypocrisy,” noting that her contest submission had nothing to do with politics.

“I was hoping [Kat Von D] would base it off of the art,” Freeman wrote in a comment on her contest-winning post. “I didn’t bring politics into it. She is an amazing artist and I used some of her products in my kit. It’s a shame.”

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