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After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

Beauty entrepreneur and tattoo artist, Kat Von D is pretty clear about where she stands on certain topics. She’s been vocal about being anti-Donald Trump, she’s an avid supporter of animal rights, and is vegan. When she announced that she was pregnant with her first baby, Von D also made some statements that quickly put her into the anti-vaccine category. There’s also a dark past that Von D has been forced to discuss openly.

It’s not certain what made Von D address her fans and haters about issues that have been plaguing her career, though some attribute it to low business sales after she made the anti-vaccine statements on Instagram (which have now been deleted).

Kat Von D posted an 11-minute video on YouTube to dispel the notion that she’s anti-semitic and an anti-vaxxer.

In the video, Von D addresses why she got labeled a Nazi sympathizer, which is something that has followed her for years. She said it first began when she appeared on Miami Ink. She said that someone on that show didn’t like that she was getting more attention and that the show was getting better ratings after she began appearing on the show.

“That’s when the hazing started,” she said. “The mistreatment on set was pretty unbearable over the time that I was there filming. There were so many times that he said things to me that were so repulsive, I could never repeat those things out loud.”

She went on to say that she decided to leave the show because of the hostility, but producers wanted to give her her own show instead. When her assailant (whom she never names) found out that “L.A. Ink” would be centered around her, that’s when he threatened to expose that Von D was anti-semitic.

Von D said that her assailant had a headshot image of her with forged wording that was offensive, and claims she did not write those words.


“I have no idea who actually forged the message, but what I do know is that the man who treated me so terribly on set took this 8×10 and threatened the network, saying that if they don’t cancel ‘L.A. Ink’ that he would go to all these different media outlets and release the 8×10 with the forged message on it.”

“After all these years, this is the first time that I’m actually talking about this publicly,” she said. “Honestly, I’ve been dreading making this video, but I know that it has to be done. I have to do it. I can’t just keep letting other people write this narrative that’s so inaccurate and so false and so awful. None of this feels good to relive.”

Then Von D discussed her anti-vaccine comments that she posted on Instagram before the birth of her baby boy.

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“I am not an anti-vaxxer. What I am is a first-time mother. I’m one of those moms that reads everything. I read everything from ingredients in foods to cleaning supplies to medicines — basically, anything that is going in my baby or on my baby. I research like a complete and total nerd.”

“After doing a bunch of research and reading the ingredients, naturally, I experienced some hesitancy,” she continued. “If I would’ve known that I would’ve let so many people down with that, I would’ve never ever shared where we were at with it at that time.”

She said that she has since been open with her baby’s doctor and they have adviced her on what is best for the baby. She added that she would not be making his medical records public nor discussing what medical path they are taking.

After the release of the video, some didn’t feel her apology or words touched on other reasons why they think she’s anti-semitic, including the name of one of her lipsticks.


One of her lipsticks is called “Selektion” which is a word associated with the “Third Reich” according to ABC News. Rather than addressing the more public reasons behind the anti-Semitic label that has been placed on her, she went with a story no one had really heard from her.

For historical context, “selektion” refers to the practice of German Nazi officers selecting which prisoners lived or died when they arrived at the camps. We are experiencing a moment in our country when anti-Semitic attacks and rhetoric has found its way back into our politics. As such, these names are highly problematic and Kat Von D’s use of the word is troubling, regardless of the intention.

Others referenced that Von D once dated tattoo artist Jesse James who’s been accused of being a Nazi.


People brought up the fact that her current baby daddy, Prayers, has a swastika tattoo on his neck, but he said last year that the symbol is a tribute to his “Paramahansa Yogananda” beliefs.

He wrote last year on Instagram: “IM NOT A NAZI” I’m Jewish from my father’s side, indigenous from my mother’s side and born in Mexico! When I was in my early 20s I practiced eastern philosophy. I also held free classes on yoga, metaphysics and spirituality, In my vegetarian restaurant for about 4 years. In the early ’90s before it became popular. The words of Paramahansa Yogananda saved my life! That’s what inspired my throat tattoo. My tattoo Is not in the shape of an X and it’s not a German swastika!”

Some people on social media still believe she is disingenuous despite the video.

People said that Von D bringing up she’s Latina doesn’t negate the fact that they can be racist just because they’re a person of color. Latinos have a long history of looking down on and being prejudice against dark-skinned Latinos and African-Americans.

Anti-black sentiment is something the Latino community continues to struggle with and, honestly, many refuse to do anything about the anti-black culture within the Latino community.

Some people think that her video came along too late.

It was bizarre for her to make a video about this kind of out of the blue. The scandal about her anti-vaxxer Instagram post and the claims of her anti-Semitism have been swirling in the universe for a long time.

There hasn’t been any renewed claim of these sentiments. However, the YouTube video is reigniting the debate about whether or not she is indeed an anti-vaxxer and anti-Semitic. It is almost as if the video is doing her more harm than good.

She has said thing in the past but has changed her mind later. She does attribute that to being young.

Who knows if she’ll be able to live this down. It certainly feels as if this video is adding fuel to the fire that is the harsh allegations. If there is anything you should know about the internet is that it never forgets. Also, the internet is a savage place where you can say whatever you want but people are going to take it how they see it and run with those allegations to all parts of the internet.

What will this mean for her brand?

Maybe she has some ride or die fans. It is all a matter of time to see how her brand weathers these new attacks. Regardless of her intention, it might have been smarter to wait until there was a reason to make this video. The news cycle has been elsewhere and this video is stirring so many thing up.

Here’s her entire video below.

Kat Von D Beauty is standing by the face of their brand. The company posted on Instagram about their unwavering support for Kay Von D and the belief in her innocence. What do you think?

READ: 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Von D

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Kat Von D kidnapped Speaks Out About ‘Torturous’ moments


Kat Von D kidnapped Speaks Out About ‘Torturous’ moments

Almost two decades have passed since reality television personality, and socialite Paris Hilton ruled the American media scene. In the years since her days on “The Simple Life,” the now-DJ has seemed to retreat a bit from her magazine cover-seeking days but emerged last month as a survivor ready to reckon with her abusers when she opened up about traumatic events she experienced as a teen. Appearing in a new documentary called This Is Paris the former model revealed that in her early years she endured abuse at the hands of administrators at a boarding school she attended as a teen.

The new documentary chronicled her experiences at Provo Canyon School, a youth treatment center, and featured a group of other female survivors and former peers of Hilton that she knew while attending the school. Now, Hilton’s documentary is prompting others to open up, including someone pretty well known: Kat Von D.

Von D, a controversial figure in her own right, revealed that she had experienced abuse as a teen while attending the Utah-based boarding school.

Von D is a Mexican-born tattoo artist whose career has been mired in controversy particularly as of late. In recent years she has been slammed for her anti-vaccine stance (which she eventually retracted) and she has been accused of anti-Semitism by association (which she has also denied)

Opening up to her fans in a 23-minute-long Instagram video on Monday, the tattoo artist revealed that she had been sent to the Utah boarding school at age 15 and was “locked up for half a year, without ever seeing the sun.”

Addressing her experience as a teen, Von D thanked Hilton for being the one to open up the conversation about “torturous” boarding schools. She went onto encourage others to watch Hilton’s documentary.

“I spent those 6 traumatic months of my teenage years, only to leave with major PTSD and other traumas due to the unregulated, unethical and abusive protocols of this ‘school’ — and cannot believe this place is STILL OPERATING,” Von D wrote in a caption of the video.

“Please take a moment to watch @parishilton ‘s documentary #ThisIsParis and follow @breakingcodesilence to see other survivors testimonials and better understand the horrors of the ‘Troubled Teen’ industry, and the damage it causes to not just the kids, but the families,” she concluded.

In her heartbreaking video, Von D recalled her experience attending the Provo Canyon School.

“Watching [Hilton] talk about some of her past trauma going to this school that her parents sent her as a teenager — I don’t like to call them schools because they’re not schools they’re f***ing lockdown facilities. It just triggered so much s*** for me because it turns out I went to the same school,” Von D explained. “I was sent to the same place and I was 15 when I was sent and I spent my 16th birthday in there… I was there for a total of 6 months and they were definitely the most traumatic 6 months of my life.”

Like Hilton, Von D was kidnapped from her own bed in the middle of the night before being dragged against her will to the boarding school. In her video, Von D claimed to have been blindfolded during the drive.

“I had no idea it was gonna end up being that I was trapped for six months at this pretty crazy, torturous awful place,” she revealed.

Von D recalled being force-fed medication and emotionally abused.

Von D asserted that while she had been “spared of the sexual abuse and the physical abuse” that other experienced she was definitely a witness to these events during her time at the school.

This Is Paris is a nearly two-hour film that goes into detail about the alleged abuse the model and her peers endured while at the boarding school.

In the video, Hilton explains how her trauma followed her into adulthood and even defined how she ultimately branded herself.

Speaking about the school, Hilton revealed that she endured physical and emotional abuse and was force-fed medication, she also explained that while she isn’t currently pursuing legal justice, she is working to have such schools shut down.

“I want these places shut down,” Hilton explained. “I want them to be held accountable. And I want to be a voice for children and now adults everywhere who have had similar experiences. I want it to stop for good and I will do whatever I can to make it happen.”

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said


Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

After 12 years of bold colors, vegan products, and cruelty-free beauty innovation, Kat Von D announced that she’s stepping down from her eponymous beauty line. The queen of vegan makeup sold her stakes in the company and the cosmetics line will be rebranding to reflect her departure from the makeup line. 

Kat Von D announced that she has sold all of her remaining shares in Kat Von D Beauty to partner Kendo.

The makeup line’s existing parent company will now take ownership completely now that Von D has formally resigned from her role. In a company press release, the brand stated that while Von D pursues her artistic endeavors, she will no longer be involved with the brand “in any capacity.”

Kat Von D announced she’s parting ways with her eponymous beauty brand after 12 years to allow the brand to continue to grow. 

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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The tattoo and makeup artist shared the news on Instagram, revealing that it wasn’t an easy decision. On top of being a new mom, launching a vegan shoe line, and preparing to release an album and tour in the spring, Von D admits she is no longer able to dedicate enough attention to the cosmetics brand. 

“This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long-awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour,” she wrote in the post’s caption. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity.”

Kat Von D dedicated more than 2 years to her vegan shoe line.

Von D worked to create her own shoe collection, making careful decisions about everything from a price point ranging from $90 to $350 to where, exactly, the pieces would be made.

“I became vegan in 2013 and, to be honest, I thought it was just a dietary thing,” she told InStyle “Then I was looking at my shoe collection and everything was either made out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses.”

The silver lining for fans of Kat Von D’s cult-favorite products is that they’re not going anywhere.

Kat Von D Beauty’s iconic products like the cult-favorite Ink Liner and Lock-It Foundation aren’t going anywhere. Under Kendo’s complete ownership, the brand’s current product lineup will still be available, and there will be future launches. All products will still be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. 

She continued  “…With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” 

As of Jan 16. Kat Von D Beauty is slowly rebranding as KVD Beauty. The announcement of the new name was made on the brand’s Instagram

“Today, our founder Kat Von D has parted ways with us, as she leaves to pursue other artistic endeavors (vegan shoe line and music). We wish her the best of luck and thank her for 12 years of partnership,” reads the post’s caption. “We are NOW renamed and re-branded KVD Vegan Beauty – and fully owned and operated by Kendo. The same team that created our iconic and beloved products for the past 12 years (and built the empire with Kat) is ready to make history again. We still value self-expression, compassion, and empowerment.” 

Von D launched her vegan cosmetic brand in 2008 with four red lipsticks.

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Now, there are over 250 products in the collection, which are sold globally in 36 countries at,, and Sephora stores. Products like the Ink Liner and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick are both fan and industry favorites. 

With Von D out, KVD Vegan Beauty will continue to offer its existing product range, and will now release new innovations under Kendo.

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“We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing,” David Suliteanu, Kendo CEO says. “We have developed a very strong product pipeline for 2020 and beyond. The same Kendo team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.” 

Von D added that during her tenure, she felt she was able to create a line that made outsiders feel like they had a “place in the beauty world.” She also expressed confidence in Kendo for carrying the KVD legacy.

READ: After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

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