"The internet world is so toxic, and I feel like people are just waiting for you to make a mistake just to point it out," the reality star said.
Last June, the reality star and entrepreneur promoted her KKW Beauty line on social media by sharing an extremely contoured, tan portrait of herself. Her skin was so unusually dark, her critics hurled blackface allegations at her, and she was mortified.
"Oh my gosh," Kardashian said. "I'm seeing these photos from the campaign, the ones that we took, and people online are saying that I'm doing blackface, but I would never in a million years be disrespectful and do that."
The 37-year-old continued to explain that she was just really tan when the photos were taken so it could enhance the dramatic contour products that she was selling.
"I mean I get it," Kardashian said. "I was super tan, the lighting is really moody so I get why people would say that. I just don't want to give anyone a reason to say something negative. I would never disrespect anyone."
"The internet world is so toxic, and I feel like people are just waiting for you to make a mistake just to point it out," she added. "I think I have to address it because if I don't, it'll turn into one of those conversations where people think I'm trying to ignore something serious. I just don't want it to turn into this thing and not the launch and what we're working so hard to do."
Kardashian then called Jen Cohan, the chief digital officer at Jenner Communications, to have the photos altered to her actual skin tone.
Here's the tweet that started it all.
She released a statement back in June shortly after the online uproar erupted:
"I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it. Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."
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