Celebrity endorsing products are such a natural fit that we may have a hard time envisioning product without any celebrity’s face associated with it.
When you’re a celebrity, endorsements are a quick and easy way to get some fast-cash. But sometimes our favorite stars end up linking their name and face to some horrible products if they’re not careful. We’ll list some of the celebrities below who end up endorsing products which turned out to be downright dangerous and controversial.
People were furious at feminist icon, United Nations ambassador, and Hollywood star Ema Watson for an odd Lancome ad.
In 2013, the actress was featured in an ad for Lancome’s Blanc Expert – a skin lightening product. The product has been met with contention after an essay appeared on a website, criticizing Watson’s supposed hypocrisy, since the product allegedly perpetuates that “whiteness” is ideal.
Emma Watson responded saying that she no longer will be modelling for beauty products which “do not always reflect the diverse beauty of all women” over recent criticism relating to her appearance in a “skin whitening”.
In May 2019, Kylie Jenner announced that she is launching her new skin care line, Kylie Skin. Considering the wild success of her Kylie Cosmetics brand, this seemed like a fairly natural move. What made headlines was Walnut Face Scrub in the inaugural collection. According to Kylie, the scrub includes “fine walnut powder” which is where the problems arose.
According to a New York based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, walnut shell powder cause microscopic tears to the outer skin layer. She also says that, “To my knowledge, there is no real data showing that walnut scrubs are any more harmful to your skin than many other forms of manual scrubs.”
People drew comparisons of the product to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub which led to a class action lawsuit in 2017. In the suit, one of the key plaintiff claimed that the crushed walnut powder creates microscopic tears in the skin, exposing it to infections and irritation. But it should be noted the lawsuit was ultimately tossed out of court in December 2018, when a judge agreed there wasn’t proof of the alleged claims.
Kat Von D
Makeup giant Sephora and reality TV star Kat Von D collaborated on a lipstick color that has caused some serious controversy—and a lot of anger among consumers. The color in question is called “Underage Red.” People were unhappy with the use of sexual connotations.
This wasn’t the first time Von D and Sephora have run into trouble for names of cosmetics. There is also a color called “Lolita” — named for the Russian novel about a man sexually involved with a teenager. The company once sold a color called “Celebutard,” which became a flashpoint for mocking people with developmental disabilities.
Kim Kardashian West was roundly criticized for sharing a photo of herself sucking an appetite suppressant lollipop made by Flat Tummy Co in a promotion for the diet brand. The 35-calorie sweets contain an active ingredient called Satiereal, a plant extract Flat Tummy Co claims helps prevent hunger pangs.
Fans called out Kardashian for promoting an unhealthy product to young, impressionable fans. Appetite suppressants can curb cravings, leading to weight loss—but multiple studies have not proven their safety or efficacy. Some fans are even criticizing the timing of the post, given that eating disorders are most common among young women and it happen to be Mental Health Awareness month. Other fans are wondering why Kardashian West, who is worth an estimated $175 million, needs to be promoting these types of products in the first place.
But this isn’t the first time Kim has gotten into trouble for an Instagram ad. Previously, the Kardashian and Jenner family have posted paid Instagram ads for Sugar Bear hair gummy vitamins, Hairfinity, flat tummy teas, and controversial waist trainers. Last year, the F.T.C, released a warning letter to influencers—including the first family of Reality TV—reminding them of the necessary practices of properly tagging advertisements and sponsored posts.
Are you looking for fast, cheap and effective way to detoxify your body? If you have a working liver and kidneys, the good news is that you’re all set in that department. But ofcourse, that doesn’t stop people from marketing products that claim to detoxify your body, and getting celebrities to endorse them.
Nicki Minaj has been spotted many times, including in her “Anaconda” video sipping on an infamous Pink Bottle. It contains “Teatox,” a tea that promises to cleanse your digestive system. This product contains senna which is essentially a laxative. Doctors warn that regular use of senna can be harmful to your health.
These celebrities have gotten themselves into immense trouble for endorsing such products. However, we only wish for them to be careful next time.