He’s making amends! On Aug. 5, Travis Scott took to Instagram to apologize after fans accused him of being transphobic. On Aug. 1, the “Goosebumps” rapper revealed the official cover art for his latest album, Astroworld. Not a big deal, right? Well, not exactly. Fans noticed that Travis left out Amanda Lepore, a famous transgender model, from the cover despite the fact that she was featured in several other images that the album photographer, David Lachapelle, shared to his own Instagram page.
Amanda took to social media to address what appeared to be a intentional snub. “It was great being part of [David Lachapelle’s] incredible photograph of [Travis Scott’s] album cover but I’m curious why I’m not [in] the picture [Travis Scott] posted,” she began. “A girl can’t help it! Too distracting for the eyes! Upstaged everyone in the photograph. Oh well, I love [David Lachapelle] and [Travis Scott]. Love and kisses,” Amanda concluded.
After receiving a considerable amount of backlash from the LGBTQIA community, Travis shared a lengthy apology to make it very clear that Amanda being transgender had nothing to do with his decision to exclude her from his album cover. “Everyone is welcome to Astroworld!” the 26-year-old concluded his message.
The general fan response has been mostly positive, especially from Travis’ baby mama, Kylie Jenner, who commented “I love you” in support of her man. Beyond that, many members of the affected community thanked Travis for clearing the air.
“Thank you, Travis, for your support of diversity. This means loads to us… as there are so many rappers that do not respect the LGBT community and that makes us unable to enjoy their music! Again, thank you,” wrote one fan. “Thank you for this, I thought all these rappers were against the LGBTQ+ community but it assured me that not everyone is like this!” added another.