Kim Kardashian has released a statement regarding the backlash she's facing with her new shapewear line Kimono. As previously reported, the reality star has been accused of misrepresenting the traditional Japanese garment and has been called out for trademarking Kimono.
In a statement to The New York Times, Kardashian said that despite that name, she did not intend to, "design or release any garments that would in any way resemble or dishonor the traditional garment." She went on, "I made the decision to name my company Kimono, not to disassociate the word from its Japanese roots but as a nod to the beauty and detail that goes into a garment. I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture."
She continued,"My solutionwear brand is built with inclusivity and diversity at its core and I'm incredibly proud of what's to come."
Kardashian also clarified her decision to trademark the name does not "preclude or restrict anyone, in this instance, from making kimonos or using the word kimono in reference to the traditional garment."
Kimono will be released next month.