As reported by Paper, Pinkston had allegedly created a Facebook account with the name of Rissa Danielle. Beginning back in May, the account reportedly posted a number of transphobic comments; the posts have since been deleted, but social media users were able to screenshot the images, Paper reports. As noted by the Cut, it was only last week that social media had discovered the posts, and many began sharing the images on Twitter. In response to the comments, Pinkston was reportedly fired from Elite Model Management, the modeling agency that had represented her, according to the Independent; Allure has reached out to Elite for comment.
On Monday, July 22, Paper reports that Pinkston decided to address the firing. After she posted an Instagram Live video that remained on mute, Pinkston posted a since-deleted note saying that she was transgender. Others in the fashion industry, including models Aleece Wilson and Aaron Philip, then responded and accused Pinkston of lying about being transgender.
Over the weekend, Pinkston appeared to address the criticism in a since-deleted note saying that she had lied about being transgender, Paper reports. In an Instagram post that was screenshotted by social media users, Pinkston said, “I apologize for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the Trans Community. I panicked and I thought if I came out as Trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse. I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me. I hope you all can forgive me and move on from this because I’m so much more than this incident and I’m not a coward.”
Since posting and deleting the apology, Pinkston has resumed posting as normal on Instagram. However, many on social media have continued to address what happened in the comments, writing, “I’m disappointed with what I just learned about you.. I couldn’t have imagined you being transphobic but there’s way too many receipts and it’s heartbreaking to see.” Pinkston had responded, writing, “I thought we were cool smh ain’t nobody even @ me. They know it’s all love over here regardless.”
Allure has reached out to Pinkston and Savage x Fenty for comment.