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May 26, 2019

Sephora drops Lori Loughlin daughter, Olivia Jade, in wake of admissions scandal

March 14, 2019
In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, social media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, poses with her actress mom Lori Loughlin in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sephora is saving face and ending its partnership with Olivia Jade Giannulli.

The cosmetics company announced the move Thursday after Giannulli’s famous parents — actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli — were arrested this week in the largest college admissions bribery scandal in U.S. history.

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“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” Sephora said in a statement.

The 19-year-old social media influencer known simply as Olivia Jade is a beauty vlogger with 1.9 million YouTube subscribers and 1.4 million Instagram followers.

She released a signature palette of Sephora bronzers and highlighters in December that sold for $28 but was no longer available on the Sephora website Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Olivia Jade and her older sister were admitted to USC after their parents paid a total of $500,000 in bribes to have them designated as special recruits for the school’s crew team, even though they had no competitive rowing credentials.

Their applications purportedly included staged photos of each daughter posing on a rowing machine.

Loughlin, her mom, is best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcoms “Full House” and “Fuller House.”

The actress, 54, also is a regular star in TV movies run by the Hallmark network. She was arrested and released Wednesday in Los Angeles after flying back from Vancouver a day after federal prosecutors in Boston unsealed dozens of indictments in the SAT score-fixing and athletic credentials rigging case.

Dad Mossimo Giannulli, 55, was arrested and released Tuesday. Both parents agreed to $1 million bonds secured by the family’s multimillion-dollar Bel Air mansion.

Olivia Jade reportedly was spending spring break in the Bahamas on a yacht belonging to businessman Rick Caruso, chairman of USC’s board of trustees, when news of the conspiracy scheme first broke.

She is friends with Caruso’s daughter Gianna Caruso and reportedly left the yacht voluntarily.

“My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday. Once we became aware of the investigation, (Olivia Jade) decided it would be in her best interests to return home,” Caruso said, according to TMZ.

Speaking on Tuesday, Caruso said the charges filed against people tied to USC’s athletics department “disturbing.”

“I am saddened that these people would abuse their positions of trust and, as the government has alleged, victimize USC in the process. There is no option other than zero tolerance for this type of behavior. As a result, USC has fired the alleged wrongdoers,” he said.

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