Kim Kardashian Under Tabloid Attack for Visit to Haiti
(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- Kim Kardashian has described her recent visit to impoverished Haiti as “completely life-changing" and a "very emotional and surprisingly positive journey" that she will never forget, but that's not the way the National Enquirer portrays the trip. The tabloid quotes sources as saying Kardashian's 48-hour visit was for a fashion show and a photo-op.
The tabloid reports Kardashian stayed in a $1,000-a night hotel suite, and mostly avoided the refugee camps where more than 600,000 Haitians continue to live after becoming homeless following last year's devastating earthquake.
One source tells the Enquirer, "The whole trip was a sham...all she did was rub shoulders with the nation's elite."
Locals yelled, "Phony" and, "Go Back home, Kim" at the reality star, according to the report.
The National Enquirer says when Kardashian visited a school to pass out Christmas presents, it was Haiti's most prestigious academy, and "orphans were bused in to meet her." Another source says Kardashian seemed to be inconvenienced by the poverty and was seen cleaning her hands with disinfectant wipes after shaking a few hands.
Kardashian, however, is striking back, telling Us, she is saddened that, “some media outlets have tried to tarnish the motive" behind her visit and, "have written completely ridiculous and untrue things.”
She states on her blog, “The truth is that I was at the Haitian Artisan Craft Fair, where the amazing men and women who take their jewelry and crafts sell them to visitors to make a living, and I bought some beautiful jewelry.”
During her visit, Kardashian also met with actress Maria Bello to learn about her We Advance charity, which strives to promote health and the well-being of women throughout Haiti.
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