Monday 11 December 2017

Karlie Kloss apologises for controversial geisha photoshoot in Vogue

Karlie Kloss arrives ahead of the David Jones Autumn Winter 2017 Collections Launch at St Mary's Cathedral Precinct on February 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images for David Jones)
Karlie Kloss arrives ahead of the David Jones Autumn Winter 2017 Collections Launch at St Mary's Cathedral Precinct on February 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images for David Jones)
The cover of Vogue's March edition.
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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.

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 cover of Vogue's March edition.
The cover of Vogue's March edition.

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."

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