One step forward, two steps back.
One step forward, two steps back. Right, Karlie Kloss?
Vogue made headlines this week when the Paris edition featured the brand’s first Transgender model on the cover. But the brand got it very, very wrong recently when leaked images showed Kloss posing as a Japanese woman in a photo shoot.
Yeah, not ok.
After receiving a strong backlash online, Karlie Kloss has finally responded with a statement on Twitter, writing,
“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. My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission. Sincerely, Karlie.”
While it obviously would have been better if she had never done the photoshoot in the first place, at least she apologized. That’s already a step ahead of Vogue, which has remained silent on the issue.
A more concerning issue, however, is how many people must have been involved in the photo shoot and yet nobody stood up and said everything. Everyone from editors to stylists to photographers on the magazine’s end to the modeling agency and managers on Kloss’ end, dozens of people stood by and said nothing.
Cultural appropriation is never OK and we should stop assuming that someone else is going to stand up for what’s right — we must be the ones to standup ourselves.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.