Karlie Kloss apologises for controversial geisha photoshoot in Vogue

Posted February 16, 2017

With a cover featuring seven models of different races, including plus-size model Ashley Graham, the issue has been widely interpreted as Vogue's attempt at embracing diversity on its pages.

Kloss took to her Twitter on Wednesday to address the shoot, writing that she was "truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive".

The model says she's sorry for her involvement in a controversial Vogue photoshoot that has stirred up quite a bit of backlash for casting a Caucasian woman as a Geisha. The photos include one of Kloss posing next to a sumo wrestler, another of her in front of a tea house wearing a kimono, among others.

Some pointed out that Vogue could have chosen to cast a Japanese model for the shoot.

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

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It's not the first time Karlie Kloss of Webster Groves has landed in trouble for being part of something considered racially insensitive, but the latest controversy seems particularly ill-conceived. She then pledged to "ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission".

Vogue also chose to pull the spread off their website! The model has also been criticized for wearing a Native American headdress in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and posing in an editorial alongside a Black baby wrapped in chains. The lingerie company apologized and did not include the outfit in the show's television broadcast.

"With all that's going on in the world, this cover makes such an important statement", Jenner told the magazine about her involvement.

Last week, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet - whose father is Chinese-American - spoke out against "ignorant" jokes aimed at Asian people.