Kat Von D and the Anti-Vax Row

Written by Alice Page |


Whether you love her or hate her Kat Von D is big news at the moment. If you don’t know who Kat Von D is, now is the time you might want to depart the rock that you have been hiding under. She is best known now for her vegan beauty range, Kat Von D, however, she is well-known Tattoo Artist who specialises in black and white portraiture. Her tattoo career is highly successful and has been documented on TV shows such as Miami Ink and later on her own show, LA Ink.  Kat Von D is pretty harmless for the most part, apart from being involved in some publicised rows with other makeup artists such as Jeffree Star (who is quite the contrarian).


Now, the reason we are chatting about Kat Von D is because in the last few weeks she gave birth to her son, Leafar Von D Reyes. She and her new hubby Leafar Seyer (or better known as ‘Prayers’) were overjoyed about the arrival and received thousands of congratulatory comments on their Instagrams. However, the two bringing a beautiful life into the world has caused several controversies. The first being during her pregnancy Kat stuck with her vegan diet. We all know about the prejudices vegans deal with so I shan’t stray too far. But she has been ridiculed for not providing her unborn child with the nutrients some deem to be essential. To add to this, she shall raise her son as a vegan, people retaliated to this by saying it was not healthy for her child and expressing that they believe she should give her son the choice.


Kat Von D (@thekatvond)


She earlier in the year posted about her pregnancy journey and how she does not appreciate or want for other people’s advice on how to raise her unborn child. “If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan,” she posted. “Try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.” Can you see why this caused an uproar?


Kat Von D shall not be vaccinating her newborn son. This didn’t only aggravate vegan-haters but many of the public (even those who are vegan). Child vaccinating is a touchy subject at best and despite claiming that she was “not anti-vax” and publishing a statement defending her views, it wasn’t surprising the stir it caused afterwards.


Kat Von D (@thekatvond): 
My husband @prayers and I are NOT anti-vaxxers.
We are not against vaccines. Just because we have hesitancies and valid concerns about injecting our baby with specific chemicals and toxins does not mean we are anti anything.
As a soon-to-be-parent [and especially as a first-time-mom] I do feel it my responsibility to have questions, and to listen to my motherly instinct to question things, and do my research.
What we have found is that sometimes it isn’t always so black and white.
While we believe medications, including vaccines, are not all bad – we also can’t dismiss the fact that some may not be good for everyone.
There are plenty of studies that show some vaccinations can work wonders. And there are also studies that show some people [including mothers, and babies] may be more susceptible to vaccine injuries more than others.
It’s unfair for anyone to expect me [or any parent] to take the word of the pharmaceutical companies who have much to gain from and industry worth billions without question – and then have to dismiss any concerns of my own.
Our personal medical records are no one’s business, and why we would feel it important for us to explore all our options when it comes to vaccinating our child, is also no one’s business – regardless of what I post on Instagram.
So, perhaps before any of you feel inspired to harass us, spew hatred, or send ill-will our way, I hope you would try and understand that this is our first child together, and we are simply just trying our best.
Lastly, I don’t plan on continuing this topic, and have no interest in fighting anyone. As much as I hate doing this, I will be turning off the comments on this post – and I think you would too, if you were constantly receiving death wishes onto your unborn child.
I am sending extra love to everyone today. X

I won’t get too far into personal opinions but I shall explain what and how they work. The vaccination is a 6-in-one vaccine that protects a child against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B. If not vaccinated the child can be susceptible to these and past them on to other children.  I think most people can agree that how you raise your child is the parent’s business only. However, the issue that was caused is Von D’s son and other children whose parents have not vaccinated them, could pass potential life-threatening illnesses to other children. There are many reasons why people don’t vaccinate their children such as being fearful of side effects, the ingredients in the vaccine, our lack of knowledge on the human body and being anti-science.


If you support Kat Von D and Prayers methods of parenting or not it shall be interesting to see the journey they will be taking through parenthood. And with the ongoing debates on how to raise a child, we can expect to see more controversy and drama around cute little babies.