She landed at the center of controversy after her past racist actions came to light, resulting in her firing from Vanderpump Rules.
But now Kristen Doute is attempting to repair her tattered image.
The reality star, 37, introduced the new Peaceful Protest collection to her James Mae fashion line, with a 25% of proceeds benefiting the Black Fashion World and Watts Empowerment Center.
Redeeming herself: Kristen Doute introduced her new ‘Peaceful Protest’ T-shirt collection following her firing from Vanderpump Rules over past racist actions
Inspired by the recent protests battling racial injustice, the new range features artwork by Terren Rae Zinbi, a ’25-year-old biracial canvas and graphic artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma,’ according to a news release.
The T-shirts, which are available in shades of black, green, and grey, feature inspiring messages including ‘No Justice, No Peace’ and ‘Revolution’ in groovy font reminiscent of the 1960s.
Kristen announced the collection launch on her Instagram account on Wednesday, where she shared a slideshow of the T-shirts, including a snap of herself wearing the ‘No Justice, No Peace’ top.
The former Vanderpump Rules star flashed a peace sign as she posed with her business partner, Magen Mattox, who was wearing the ‘Revolution’ shirt.
Taking a stand: The new range features artwork by Terren Rae Zinbi, a ’25-year-old biracial canvas and graphic artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma,’ according to a news release
Ready to march: The T-shirts, which are available in shades of black, green, and grey, feature inspiring messages including ‘No Justice, No Peace’ and ‘Revolution’ in groovy font reminiscent of the 1960s
‘Terrren’s designs are a perfect complement to the James Mae look and style,’ Kristen, who founded James Mae in 2014, said in the release. ‘From the very beginning we have tried to align our brand with activism, racial equality, community support and environmental responsibility and this collection embraces that spirit.’
Terren hopes her T-shirt designs will serve a greater purpose during this time of reckoning.
‘Racial equality is heavy on my heart every day and especially now with everything going on in the world,’ Terren said. ‘I try to use my art to bring people together and hope that when people wear these shirts it will be a reminder that we all need to work together to bring greater peace and harmony to this world as well as raise money for two very worthwhile organizations.’
Protest fashion: The range was inspired by the recent protests fighting racial injustice
‘We’ve always wanted to incorporate donation and charity, but I think what we both really loved the most about this collection is that not only are we actually donating, but giving Terren, who is biracial, the work,’ Doute told Page Six.
‘Giving back to Black Fashion World, which helps out with fashion entrepreneurs in the black community, we just thought that was something really great. And then donating to Watts, it’s [about] donating locally and thinking globally. We wanted to split between the two of them so we were also doing something locally in Los Angeles,’ she added.
The T-shirts range from $36-$45 and are now available online.
The collection seems to be Kristen’s attempt at redeeming herself, after her past racist actions sparked her firing from Vanderpump Rules earlier this summer.
Controversy: Kristen and Stassi Schroeder were fired from the series after their former costar Faith Stowers, who is Black, revealed they had falsely accused her of a crime in 2018 (pictured 2018)
Kristen and Stassi Schroeder were fired from the series after their former costar Faith Stowers, who is Black, revealed they had falsely accused her of a crime in 2018.
Kristen even appeared to tweet about the incident at the time, writing, ‘hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?
‘someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there.’
In addition to Kristen and Stassi, who were among the biggest stars of the cast, the series also fired Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni for past racist tweets.
Took to Twitter: Kristen even appeared to tweet about the incident at the time, writing, ‘hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?’ (pictured 2020)
The revelation triggered a series of consequences for Stassi and Kristen, whose publisher cut ties with her in light of the controversy.
In her apology, Kristen insisted her actions were not ‘racially driven’, but acknowledged the harm she could have caused Faith.
‘I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling and learning. And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers.
‘Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions could have been to her. It was never my intention to add to the injustice and inbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better.’
Superstars: Stassi and Doute were among the biggest stars on the cast (pictured 2016)