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- Kendall Jenner broke her silence about her involvement in Fyre Festival to the New York Times.
- The model allegedly made $250,000 from one Instagram post about the failed festival, but has remained quiet amid the criticism.
- She said she didn’t know much about the event before promoting it, and “you never really know what’s going to happen.”
- “You get reached out to by people to, whether it be to promote or help or whatever, and you never know how these things are going to turn out, sometimes it’s a risk,” she said.
- Shanina Shaik and Hailey Baldwin, who also promoted the festival, have spoken about their involvement before.
Kendall Jenner has finally broken her silence about her involvement in Fyre Festival – the epic failure that promised ticket holders gourmet food, flashy accommodation, and a star-studded line-up, and delivered soggy cheese sandwiches, disaster tents, and no music.
Both those who bought tickets, and islanders who worked the event, felt scammed by the whole ordeal.
A fair amount of the criticism about how the event turned out was directed at the celebrities who promoted it.
Models like Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, and Bella Hadid posted an orange tile to their Instagram pages backing the festival, and many of them appeared in a promotional video, depicting the idyllic location in the Bahamas.
They may still be subpoenaed to reveal how much they were paid.
Kendall Jenner was one of the models who posted a social media message about the festival, but has since remained quiet in the face of criticism. However, in a New York Times feature about the Kardashians’ business ventures, Jenner spoke about the promotion for the first time.
Although she was allegedly paid $250,000 for the post, Jenner said she didn’t know much about the event at all.
“You get reached out to by people to, whether it be to promote or help or whatever, and you never know how these things are going to turn out, sometimes it’s a risk,” she told the New York Times, on a break from a photo shoot in New York.
“I definitely do as much research as I can, but sometimes there isn’t much research you can do because it’s a starting brand and you kind of have to have faith in it and hope it will work out the way people say it will.”
She added: “You never really know what’s going to happen.”
Jenner wasn’t the first celebrity to talk about their connection Fyre Festival, even though she was under a lot of pressure to on social media.
Why couldn’t Kendall Jenner just bring everybody a Pepsi to save Fyre Festival? Oh yeah, Ja Rule couldn’t even afford the Pepsi.
— Brett (@BLeez17) April 28, 2017
— tina montana (@BaddieLambily) April 28, 2017
Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik, who had posted about the festival on Instagram and appeared in the promo video, told the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph that she watched the Netflix exposé that detailed the failures of the festival and cried.
“The girls and I were just kind of dragged into it,” she said. “We would never want to promote something like that or take someone’s money.”
Hailey Baldwin was also asked about her Fyre Festival involvement on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on February 6.
James Corden asked her, while trying to suppress a laugh, how much money she made from the Fyre Festival promo.
Baldwin didn’t look impressed at the question, but answered: “I’m not going to share, but it made for a very generous donation to charity.”
Bella Hadid wrote a lengthy post on Twitter, which has since been deleted, telling her followers she trusted Fyre would be an “amazing and memorable experience for all of us,” and that’s why she agreed to publicise it.
“I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn’t stand by, although of course if I would have known about the outcome, you would have all known too,” she wrote.