Reality star responds to criticism for manufacturing products in Turkey

Celebrity and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West on Thursday received criticism from advocacy group Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) for manufacturing her shapewear collection in Turkey.

ANCA asked Kardashian, who is of Armenian descent on her father’s side and a supporter of efforts to have the events of 1915 recognised as a genocide, why she chose Turkey for her products in a tweet.

Kardashian said her team’s research showed the best option to be Turkey. The country offers low-cost manufacturing for textiles, with the low wages for the Turkish and migrant women working in the textile industry and the currency crisis that has seen the lira lose almost a third of its value in the last year, and is favoured by a diverse range of European and other Western brands.

The reality television star said she stands against discrimination against any individual or nation “based on the past”, and stated her belief in working with people of differing opinions to affect change.

Turkey staunchly rejects any claims that the events of 1915 constitute a genocide. According to estimates, some 1.5 million Anatolian Armenians lost their lives as a result of policies implemented by the Committee of Union and Progress cadres, who later took part in the founding of the Republic of Turkey.

In 2016, Kardashian sponsored a full-page ad in the New York Times as a response to Turkey’s ad in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian Genocide.