The Keeping Up with the Kardashians cast member shared an adorable photo of a fawn curling up in a field of flowers with her 87 million followers Sunday, racking up almost 2.7 million likes in just a few days. Hadid soon followed suit, posting the image to her Instagram story soon after.
But Jenner failed to credit the owner of the photo, Fuzzy Fawn Wildlife Rescue, nor tag it in the pic.
The owner, who goes by the name Fuzzy Fawn, told TMZ that the models could have done the rescue effort a huge favor by crediting the photo and giving animal lovers the chance to donate to her nonprofit.
The group rehabbed 78 fawns last year at a cost of about $500 each, reports TMZ.
The rescue founder took to Instagram herself Thursday to clear up the drama, saying that she doesn't think Jenner took the photo from her knowingly, but that the model probably found it somewhere without credit and liked it enough to post. She also said TMZ made it seem like she reached out to them in anger, when in reality, they emailed her for comment.
The infamous photo!! Please read the second/third part of video. @kendalljenner posted my photo, do I think she took it from my gallery, Absolutely not. I’m sure she found it somewhere without credit, liked it enough to post and that is what I told @tmz_tv when “THEY” reached out to me through Facebook and my email. I also explained to them why it’s important to me for my photos to have credit. If you know anything about TMZ, you know they like to put their “spin”on stories to draw in more viewers, I understand that also, it’s their business. When I see one of my photos/videos reposted I always try and get that account to give credit, Why... because I am a volunteer, any exposure helps my cause that I put my heart and soul into 24/7!! Everything I do is for the fawns in my care! I always appreciate you having my back, helping and supporting my efforts🙏 Im not into all this drama!! What surprised me this morning was a long time follower who said she had to unfollow and block me because of what “I” did, going to the press!! In over 500 post and captions I have been nothing but honest and consistent with who I am and what I stand for. If you can easily dismiss me because you read an article from a rag magazine, please unfollow now. I love my instagram family but I did not ask for this kind of publicity. #fakenews STILL #bestnonpayingjobever
"When I see one of my photos/videos reposted I always try and get that account to give credit," she continued. "Why... because I am a volunteer, any exposure helps my cause that I put my heart and soul into 24/7!! Everything I do is for the fawns in my care!"
She then lamented the cost of her sudden fame, with people saying they would not longer support her after getting involved in this drama with TMZ. "If you can easily dismiss me because you read an article from a rag magazine, please unfollow now," she said. "I love my instagram family but I did not ask for this kind of publicity."
Photo credit: Instagram / @kendalljenner