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Karlie Kloss Apologizes for Appropriative ‘Vogue’ Shoot, Just Like She Did in 2012

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Karlie Kloss has come under fire for participating in an insanely obtuse, culturally appropriative Vogue shoot, in which she — a white woman — is styled as a geisha. The year is 2017 and this is Vogue’s idea of diversity.

The spread — which was shot in Japan by Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick, according to NY Mag — was immediately lambasted across social media, with many users calling the magazine (and Kloss) out for the pervasive cultural appropriation and straight-up racism so often employed in their shoots. Remember when Lara Stone appeared in blackface for a 2009 issue of French Vogue?

Kloss ultimately apologized for participating in the photo shoot in a statement she posted to Twitter late last night.

“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. “My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission.”

But it’s not the first time Kloss has been forced to issue an apology for similarly appropriative behavior. Back in 2012, she wore a Native American-inspired headdress while walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which sparked outrage from viewers and inspired statements from both the supermodel and the company.

“I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone,” Kloss tweeted in a more tone-deaf apology. “I support VS’s decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast.”

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