Travis Scott released Astroworld last Friday, but even before that it was hot on everyone’s lips due to the incred cover art by David LaChapelle, and the weird editing-out of trans icon Amanda Lepore.
Both Scott and LaChapelle posted the cover art, but LaChapelle’s version featured Lepore in her booty glory while Scott’s version didn’t.
This came as a surprise to Lapore, who posted LaChapelle’s version with the caption: “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_lachapelleand @travisscott ❗️Love and kisses 💋❤️💄”
Fans of Lapore remained confused — with recent Drag Race winner Aquaria calling it transphobia. But Travis has finally spoken:
“Thank you David Lachappelle and Amanda Lepore and everyone that came out to make all the covers and the vision come to life!!! ASTROWORLD IS ABOUT LOVE AND EXPRESSION NOT HATE! This is very important for me to speak up about: Growing up I’ve been taught to accept everyone, not to cast people away but bring them in your home! I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community. I want to use my voice to make it clear that everyone on this planet is as equal and fucking awesome to the next. Me and Lachappelle set out tooo (sic) create images that i grew up watching him create for years that inspire me today. Yo Amanda you did upstage everyone even me 😆and i can’t wait for everyone to see the booklet that me and Dave put together that includes all these images. thank you for being apart (sic) of it. Sorry for the misunderstanding Love you guys and THANK YOU ALL!!! EVERY ONE IS WELCOME TO ASTROWORLD!”
Still confused? Same. He may’ve addressed the issue, but the reason as to why she was edited out still isn’t clear.