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Designer Virgil Abloh Clarifies How Much He's Donated to Black Lives Matter Causes After Backlash

Virgil Abloh, one of the most renowned fashion designers of today, is speaking out to make a clarification about the donations he has made to Black Lives Matter causes.

The Louis Vuitton menswear designer faced backlash after he posted a screencap of the $50 donation he made to the (F)EMPOWER Community Bond Fund amid the George Floyd protests.

Many people felt that someone like Abloh, who designs socks that cost $60, should be donating more than just $50 to an important cause like this.

Abloh took to his Instagram account on Monday night (June 1) to share a lengthy statement in which he talked about his experiences as a black man and then apologized for his earlier comments on social media.

“I apologize that my comments yesterday appeared as if my main concerns are anything other than full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism, and inequality. I want to update all systems that don’t address our current needs. It has been my personal MO in every realm I touch,” he wrote. “Yesterday I spoke about how my stores and stores of friends were looted. I apologize that it seemed like my concern for those stores outweighed my concern for our right to protest injustice and express our anger and rage in this moment.”

“I also joined a social media chain of friends who were matching $50 donations. I apologize that appeared to some as if that was my only donation to these important causes,” he continued. He later added, “The donation I posted last night was in solidarity with a group of Miami friends chain-posting about coming together for their local community. I can understand your frustration if you think my contributions were limited to $50. Purely false when it comes to the total. I have donated $20,500 to bail funds and other causes related to this movement.”

Virgil says he plans to continue to donate and use his voice. You can read the full statement by swiping through the slides of the Instagram embed.

Twitter Users Slam Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh's Donation Amount

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who is the artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear, is under fire for his donation amount to the (F)EMPOWER Community Bond Fund amid the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter movement.

He posted to his Instagram Story on Sunday (May 31) about his $50 donation to the organization, but many believed the amount was too little for the amount he likely earns.

“I can’t believe I donated more money than virgil abloh and I’m the one that’s unemployed,” one user wrote on their Twitter account.

“Virgil Abloh, well known black fashion designer, CEO & founder of off white a brand that has collaborated with big names such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, etc. Donated only $50 for charity. TO PUT THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE HIS FUCKING SOCKS ARE WORTH MORE THAN HIS DONATION!!,” another user posted with a link to socks that cost $60.

So far, Virgil Abloh has not responded to fans who are upset with his donation amount.

See the receipt Virgil posted to his Instagram Story…

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Teyana Taylor & Isabelle Huppert Sit Front Row at Lanvin Paris Fashion Week Show!

Teyana Taylor shows off her fierce style while striking a pose at the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on Tuesday (February 26) in Paris, France.

The 29-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by Oscar-nominated actress Isabelle Huppert, Yolanda Hadid, rapper Tyga, designer Virgil Abloh and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful as they all sat in the front row of the presentation.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor has been keeping a low profile as of late, she last released her “We Got Love” – the newest advance single from the upcoming project THE ALBUM – back in December.

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Drake & Rosalia Sit Front Row at Nike's Unveiling of Tokyo Olympics Collection

Drake and Rosalia are hanging out at New York Fashion Week!

The 33-year-old entertainer and the 26-year-old Latin singer sat front row at Nike‘s unveiling of their Tokyo Olympics collection on Wednesday (February 5) at The Shed in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Drake

Also in attendance at the show was Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Off-White designer Virgil Abloh, and British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

Just a few weeks ago, Rosalia picked up her first Grammy award!

10+ pictures inside of the stars at the fashion show…More Here! »

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Serena Williams Parties with Grigor Dimitrov & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Ahead of Wimbledon!

Serena Williams and Grigor Dimitrov strike a pose with Virgil Abloh while attending his Live in The Nightclub party at Annabel’s on Thursday (June 27) in London, England.

The 37-year-old tennis superstar found time to let her hair down before the tournament begins, and joined a host of stars including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The Off-White designer took to the decks for a DJ set, and also posed for photos with his famous guests.

Earlier in the day, Serena and Grigor Dimitrov were joined by fellow tennis player Novak Djokovic as they also checked out the Rush of Blood to the Head exhibition.

Rush of Blood to the Head is an exhibition currently at the Maddox Gallery, showcasing the works of influential American artist Brendan Murphy in his first solo UK show.

Brendan is most famous for his chalkboard-style artworks, with vast surface areas filled with writing reflecting different emotions.

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Maluma & Lewis Hamilton Buddy Up at Off-White Paris Fashion Show!

Maluma leans on Lewis Hamilton while striking a pose at the Off-White Menswear Spring Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (June 19) in Paris, France.

The 25-year-old Colombian reggaeton superstar and the 34-year-old British racing driver were joined by J Balvin, model Larsen Thompson, artist Takashi Murakami, designer Olivier Rousteing and Virgil Abloh, the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Maluma

Maluma has been making his rounds for Paris and Milan Fashion Week. Just yesterday, Maluma bared his buff and tattooed biceps as he arrived at the Heron Preston Fashion Show.

FYI: Maluma is wearing Illesteva sunglasses.

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Gigi & Bella Hadid Rock Cool Fashion at CFDA Awards 2019!

Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid walk the carpet at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday night (June 3) at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City.

Gigi was joined at the event by designer Virgil Abloh while Bella attended with designer Michael Kors.

The top designers always invite a celeb to join them at the event as their guest!

FYI: Gigi is wearing a Louis Vuitton look, Yeezy shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Bella is wearing a Michael Kors dress, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

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