Travis Scott Removes Trans Model Amanda Lepore from 'Astroworld' Cover Art
The move has led to accusations of transphobia
Published Aug 01, 2018Days before his Astroworld album is set to arrive, Travis Scott is being accused of transphobia after fans noticed the removal of a trans model in cover art shared by the rapper and cover artist David LaChapelle.
Those following the rollout have taken issue with the second of two covers Scott shared for the album yesterday (July 31).
American transgender model Amanda Lepore pointed out that she had been scrubbed from the artwork Scott shared (seen above) versus the artwork sent to her by LaChapelle. The latter version, which remains posted on LaChapelle's Instagram page, finds Lepore standing to the left of Scott's giant golden head.
"It was great being part of @david_lachapelle s incredible photograph of @travisscott s albulm [sic] cover but I'm curious why I'm not on the picture @travisscott posted," Lepore wrote on Instagram. "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."
The Fader points out that LaChapelle responded to Lepore's question in the comments, writing that she was removed "because you were a bad bad girl lol it's not for any other reason ....."
LaChapelle also responded to the numerous claims of transphobic decision-making, writing, "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."
Astroworld will arrive this Friday (August 3). Spot the difference between the two covers below.
It was great being part of @LaChapelleland 's incredible photograph of @trvisXX's album cover but I'm curious why I'm not on the picture @trvisXX posted? 💋❤️💄 #amandalepore #glamourgirl pic.twitter.com/u9XTQzpuuZ— Amanda Lepore (@Amanda_Lepore) August 1, 2018