AceShowbiz - Travis Scott (II) has explained why transgender model Amanda Lepore was cut from the imagery of his latest album cover.
The 26-year-old rapper and photographer David LaChapelle shared different versions of the same shot on social media after Astroworld was released on Friday, August 03, though many fans were quick to notice that Lepore had been edited out of Scott's version.
Lepore jokingly told TMZ reporters that she had been removed because she upstaged everyone else in the shot, with Scott admitting in an Instagram post on Saturday that she had proved to be a distraction in the photo.
Addressing Lepore directly, Scott, real name Jacques Webster, joked, "Yo, Amanda, you did upstage everyone - even me".
He also emphasised that Lepore's removal had nothing to do with transphobia and that the 50-year-old appeared in other images.
"I can't wait for everyone to see the booklet that me and Dave put together that includes all these images. Thank you for being a part of it. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Love you guys and THANK YOU ALL!!!" he stated. "Thank you David LaChapelle and Amanda Lepore and everyone that came out to make all the covers and the vision come to life! ASTROWORLD IS ABOUT LOVE AND EXPRESSION NOT HATE! This is very important for me to speak up about: Growing up I've been taught to accept everyone, not to cast people away but bring them in your home! I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community. I want to use my voice to make it clear that everyone on this planet is as equal and f**king awesome to the next".