Reality star Kristin Cavallari slammed for ‘insensitive’ 9/11 Instagram photo

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The former The Hills cast member faced backlash for a 9/11 tribute post, which was deemed “super insensitive” and “tone-deaf” because the photo featured the 32-year-old posing on a New York City sidewalk in a plunging black dress.

Also tagged in the photo was multiple fashion designers, including her own brand Uncommon James, plus her makeup artist Robert Sesnek and stylist Owen Gould.

Cavallari, who has her on reality show Very Cavallari, which streams on Foxtel, originally captioned the picture: “NYC for 24hrs. And what a time to be here..always remember” but was quick to change it to just “NYC for 24hrs” after all the negative comments.

In a matter of hours, Cavallari has taken even more drastic measures. She fired the social media staffer who posted the photo and wrote the caption for her account.

Cavallari’s rep confirmed the release of the employee to Fox News on Wednesday. “Yes that’s correct,” the rep said.

Meanwhile, social media users let their feelings about the sexy photo and old caption be known.

“Wrong picture for the sentiment in the post,” commented a fan.

“Poor taste,” said another.

“This is super insensitive,” wrote someone else.

Kristin Cavallari at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Kristin Cavallari at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Maybe today isn’t the day to market your brand or yourself.. in NYC. #disappointed,” said a commenter.

“Let me show off my body and then make a half-a** remark about 911. WTF,” wrote another.

Cavallari, who rose to fame on popular reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, was in the city doing press and attending Fashion Week.

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Kristin Cavallari, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port at a party for The Hills in 2010. Picture: John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com

Kristin Cavallari, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port at a party for The Hills in 2010. Picture: John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.comSource:Getty Images

Yesterday marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, which took place on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives and another 6000 were injured on that day.

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