Karlie Kloss apologises for controversial geisha photoshoot in Vogue
Karlie Kloss has apologised for participating in a controversial Vogue photoshoot, in which she posed as a geisha.
The photoshoot was highly criticised for having a white model pose in a Japanese inspired shoot.
In the spread, which was in the diversity themed issue of the magazine, the supermodel wore traditional geisha clothing and a wig. In one image, she posed alongside a sumo wrestler and in another, walked down the stairs of a tea house wearing a kimono.
Upon the release of the images in print and online, Kloss (24) and Vogue were accused of participating in "yellow face" and the images were later removed from the Vogue website.
Karlie Kloss is under fire for culture appropriation after the release of her March 2017 Vogue US photoshoot. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/Nm9N523Y2G— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) 15 February 2017
On Wednesday, Kloss took to Twitter to apologise for the controversy.
"These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally senstive.
"My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission."
Photographer Mikael Jansson shot the editorial in Japan, and the spread is said to be an homage to a 1966 Vogue shoot by Richard Avedon of German model Veruschka.
The same issue received further criticism for its cover, in which seven high-profile models pose side by side, as readers expressed their upset that Ashley Graham was the only curvy model on the cover, as well as the only model to have her hand placed on her thigh.
However, Graham (28) responded to the criticism, saying in a comment on Instagram: "I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything."