February 15, 2017


Karlie Kloss Apologizes for Culturally Insensitive Geisha-Themed 'Vogue' Photo Shoot

Brett Cove/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Brett Cove/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Karlie Kloss rightfully came under fire for dressing up as a Geisha in Vogue magazine's latest photo shoot, and she is now coming forth to apologize for it. “These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive," she wrote in a Twitter statement.

The model continued, "My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission." The spread is found in the magazine's March issue, whose theme is all about diversity (they should look up the definition of that word in the dictionary again). Mikael Jansson shot the photos in Japan and they have since been taken down from Vogue's website after they were called out for portraying yellowface.

PEOPLE points out Kloss was previously involved in another culturally appropration incident a few years ago. During the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the 24-year-old wore a Native American-inspired headdress and matching outfit. She then tweeted an apology: “I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone. I support VS’s decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast.”

This is the latest in Hollywood's problematic chain of events. When Scarlett Johannson was announced as the lead in the screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, fans of the popular manga series slammed the movie for not casting an Asian actress to play Major Motoko Kusanagi.

Next, watch a clip of Phoebe Robinson (who is pushing for genuine diversity in comedy) as part of our Future Black History Month celebration: