Fans usually love the glamorous high-fashion photo shoots that model Karlie Kloss is featured in, but her latest sparked some major controversy. The star was featured in Vogue magazine's March 2017 issue wearing a geisha outfit and Shimada-styled nihongami wig in a Japanese-themed editorial shoot, and many social media users called her out for appropriating a culture that is not her own.
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) February 15, 2017
While many fans were upset to see a white woman cast in an Asian-themed shoot, others pointed out the unfortunate irony that this photo shoot was supposed to be a part of the publication's "diversity issue."
Karlie Kloss gets a 6-page spread in yellowface for Vogue's DIVERSITY ISSUE... while Imaan Hammam & Liu Wen get one pic each... the irony pic.twitter.com/fXn9Ikz7ik— Nerdy Asians (@NerdyAsians) February 15, 2017
Karlie took to Twitter to share an apology for the images. Though she says the photo shoot idea wasn't hers, she explained that her goal is always to inspire women and so she will be more careful with selecting her future projects.
Fans shared a variety of reactions on social media after Karlie issued her statement. While some Twitter users were glad to see the model using her voice, others were upset she was apologizing for a decision that ultimately wasn't hers.
She was just doing her job and, yes, Vogue could've hired a Japanese model but they didn't and that's not Karlie's fault.— bestkkpics (@bestkkpics) February 15, 2017
at least Karlie has the decency to apologize for a shoot that was Vogue's idea. Some other models would claim that it was "work"— m (@hellyeahmodels) February 15, 2017
karlie kloss is trending in japan bc no-one in the actual country understands why people outside of japan are upset about the vogue shooting— seatimes 🌱 潮花 (@kosmosblau) February 16, 2017
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