Travis Scott Criticized After Trans Model Disappears From ‘Astroworld’ Cover

An outcry against Travis Scott has been building online after he shared an image of the artwork for his new album Astroworld missing transgender model Amanda Lepore, who was present in an earlier version of the shot.

Yesterday, the Houston rapper shared two official cover art images, shot by David LaChapelle. RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria pointed out that Lepore had been removed from the second cover, after being clearly visible on the version shared by LaChapelle himself.

Aquaria tweeted, “The mysterious case of the disappearing Amanda…. hmmm.”

Lepore herself then followed up with her own query, writing on Instagram, “It was great being part of @david_lachapelle s incredible photograph of @travisscott s albulm cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted.”

It was great being part of @david_lachapelle s incredible photograph of @travisscott s albulm cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted 💋❤️💄 #amandalepore #glamourgirl A girl can’t help it❗️Too distracting for the eyes ❗️Upstaged everyone in the photograph ❗️Oh well……….. I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott ❗️Love and kisses 💋❤️💄

A post shared by Amanda Lepore (@amandalepore) on Aug 1, 2018 at 12:26am PDT

Users have since taken to the internet to voice their concern about the implications of the discrepancy. One person wrote on Lepore’s Instagram, “Travis is probably transphobic trash lol,” while another said, “You already know why.” On Twitter, several users responded to Aquaria’s tweet:

XXL reported that LaChapelle responded to Lepore’s Instagram post, writing, “because you were a bad bad girl lol it’s not for any other reason.” According to XXL, the photographer added, “Everybody wants to explain everything with some phobia or whatever. This is a case of something else she can’t seem to control lol. Ain’t nothing to do with hating.” LaChapelle is yet to make an official statement.

Highsnobiety reached out to Scott’s team for comment, but as of press time we have yet to receive a reply.

What are your thoughts on the removal of Lepore? Let us know in the comments below.

Elsewhere, Lil Uzi Vert hints at new album by sharing cult-inspired cover art.

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