Kim Kardashian responds to blackface accusations

The original image, at left, which saw Kim Kardashian criticised for blackface, and one of the newly edited pictures.
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The original image, at left, which saw Kim Kardashian criticised for blackface, and one of the newly edited pictures.

Kim Kardashian has responded to criticism she wore blackface in an advert for her new makeup line, saying the offending image was checked by her staff "and no one brought that to our attention". 

The reality television star and entrepreneur released an image promoting her new KKW Beauty contour and highlighting kits on June 15 and was quickly shredded on Twitter. 

In the photo, Kardashian appears very tanned and heavily contoured. 

The original image, at left, and a subsequent version where Kim Kardashian looks lighter.
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The original image, at left, and a subsequent version where Kim Kardashian looks lighter.

"I would obviously never want to offend anyone," Kardashian told The New York Times.

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"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," she continued. 

"But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it."

Kim Kardashian with husband Kanye West. The pair have two children.
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Kim Kardashian with husband Kanye West. The pair have two children.

Kardashian, who is married to rapper Kanye West, has since released further images from the same shoot that have been edited differently. In the new shots, her face is less tanned. 

"Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did," she told The New York Times. 

"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."

KKW Beauty goes on sale on June 21 through its website. The line follows one belonging to Kardashian's younger sister, Kylie Jenner, which has been very successful. Nineteen-year-old Jenner earned US$18 million from her venture last year, Forbes said

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