Karlie Kloss Under Fire for Cultural Appropriation in Vogue's Diversity Issue'

Vogue decided to celebrate diversity by dressing Karlie Kloss up as a geisha

Karlie was depicted in the March issue, which the magazine called its "diversity" issue, in several photos that caused an uproar over the cultural appropriation of Japanese imagery.

It was criticised for showing little diversity, although it did feature women of different ethnic backgrounds, as well as plus-size model, Ashley Graham.

The backlash prompted Vogue officials to remove the photos from the magazine's website, and on Wednesday (15Feb17), Karlie herself took to Twitter to express her regret about the shoot.

Representatives for Vogue did not immediately respond to The Times' request for comment.

The images were shot in Japan and Kloss was styled by Phyllis Posnick - and they include poses of Kloss standing alongside a pool and a sumo wrestler, among other backdrops.


Social media users were unimpressed with both Vogue for producing and Kloss for participating in a shoot aping an unfamiliar culture.

"My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women", she said.

In pictures for the magazine's "diversity issue", Karlie has been made up to look like a geisha. "I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission". In 2012, Kloss walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show wearing a Native American-inspired headdress complete with high-heel moccasins and fringed leather pra and panties.

The cover of Vogue's March edition. It's pretty much the definition of cultural appropriation and Kloss was quick to acknowledge this in her Twitter apology.

Not really. This is the first Vogue cover to feature an Asian model, but people were already upset that she had to share the space with 6 other models.

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