Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Vogue, Karlie Kloss blasted for geisha photo spread

Vogue, Karlie Kloss blasted for geisha photo spread

Karlie Kloss and Vogue are under scrutiny for appropriating Japanese culture in a photo shoot for an article titled "Spirited Away" in the magazine's March issue.

Although this issue was aimed at celebrating racial diversity and body positivity, many called Kloss's shoot out for cultural appropriation.

Many questioned why the magazine - which included a Chinese model on its cover for the very first time with this March issue - wouldn't have simply hired a Japanese (or even more generally an Asian) model for that particular photo spread.

The 24-year-old supermodel apologized on Wednesday for posing as a geisha in the controversial photos, after receiving backlash.

She added, "My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women".

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The images from Kloss' shoot, which were shared widely online, show her wearing a Kimono, standing with a sumo wrestler, and sporting "a Geisha's Shimada-styled nihongami wig", according to People. She then pledged to "ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission".

She was previously involved in another cultural appropriation fashion controversy, when she walked the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show wearing a Native American-inspired headdress with high-heel moccasins and fringe leather bra and panties.

The row comes days after the fashion magazine came under fire for allegedly manipulating the cover of its latest issue to make a plus size model look thinner.

Newsbeat has contacted Vogue but they are yet to respond.

A New York Times's blog said the dubious spread was likely an homage to Richard Avedon's shoot of German model Veruschka von Lehndorff that appeared in Vogue in 1966.

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