First, Kim Kardashian West helped get Alice Marie Johnson out of prison. Now, she’s helping the 64-year-old grandma get into some Skims Solutionwear — as a model.
“I didn’t even know who Kim Kardashian was. She went to war for me, to fight for my freedom, “ Johnson says in a new testimonial for Skims, wearing the shapewear line’s sculpting bodysuit. “That’s why I call her my war angel — because nothing stood between her and my freedom.”
Johnson, who was serving a life sentence plus 25 years for a nonviolent drug offense, was pardoned in mid-2018 after the reality TV mogul brought her case to President Trump’s attention. Kardashian has since gone on to argue on behalf of other prisoners and is studying to become a lawyer.
Johnson’s video will join 25 other testimonials from women about how the undergarment line empowers them to feel the best versions of themselves.
Back in late June, Kardashian’s shapewear line drew criticism when it was first announced under the trademarked brand Kimono, forcing the star to pull back and regroup under a less culturally charged label.
It took about a week for Kardashian to give up on the Kimono name. Once she did, she then faced the hurdle of changing something that had already been printed on nearly 2 million garments.
“I’m the first person to say, ‘OK, of course, I can’t believe we didn’t think of this.’ I obviously had really innocent intentions, “ Kardashian told the Wall Street Journal shortly after the controversy bubbled up. She explained that she had misunderstood the cultural significance of kimono.
Along with the Kimono name, Kardashian also changed out her models to include women of different shapes, sizes, skin colours and ages.