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Kim K Helped Free Alice Marie Johnson, Then Put Her In a Bind

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West via Shutterstock

Alice Marie Johnson was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent, first-time drug offense when Kim Kardashian West stumbled upon her story on the internet and leveraged her megawatt celebrity to secure a meeting with Trump to petition for her release. Johnson was freed after nearly 22 years in jail on June 6, 2018, and promptly wrote a tell-all book.

The 64-year-old grandmother recently added model to her resume, appearing in an advertisement for SKIMS, Kardashian West’s new shapewear line. Fans on social media flooded channels with support—remarking how her fortune had seemingly turned overnight.

While Johnson appears stunning and natural, the awkward optics of the video cannot be ignored. It is a glaring disservice to Johnson and the rights of the incarcerated to hear a victim of our biased legal system now referring to binding spandex clothing as a source of newfound freedom.

TBH, we’d much rather read Johnson describe, in her own words, exactly what freedom means to her. You can snag a copy of Johnson’s memoir “After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom,” published in May by HarperCollins.

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media influencer who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for STYLECASTER. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras. She is now based in New York City.

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