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Karlie Kloss Apologizes for Appropriating Japanese Culture

Karlie Kloss Apologizes for Appropriating Japanese Culture

Karlie Kloss has issued an apology after appropriating Japanese culture in a photo shoot where she dressed as a Geisha.

The 24-year-old model appeared in the latest issue of Vogue as the Geisha and received backlash for the photo spread.

Early Tuesday (February 15), Karlie took to Twitter to issue an apology to those she offended.

“My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women,” Karlie added in her apology.

Pictured inside: Karlie out in St. Barts on Monday (February 13).

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  • LolaLola

    cultural appropriation my ass. STOP APOLOGIZING. so what if she dressed like a geisha. people are ridiculous with this nonsense.

  • PB

    This is some bullsxxt. Should little Asian girls at Disneyland apologise for dressing up as Cinderella or Snow White then?

  • YupVideoFever

    She hasn’t done anything wrong but participated in an intersting photoshoot, that made me want to learn more about Japan. The situation is beyond idiotic.

  • Tania Alvarez-Hildebrand

    And for this, I respect her a little less. Girl is intelligent enough to know better. Her PR people, if they made her do this, are a bunch of morons. Either way, the world is definitely ripe to end. Bring on the zombies, please!

  • sickofthepcpolice

    Sick of this bullsxxt! It’s supposed to be art. Aren’t we supposed to be all about diversity? I bet if that was Beyonce not one person would have said a word about her appropriating another culture. Stop apologizing for nothing.

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  • Gina

    Now tell your friend Gigi to stop doing photoshoots wearing blackface and afros.

  • Gina

    Cinderella & Snow White dresses aren’t cultural garments, dummy.

  • PB

    Get your facts straight. Geisha is a profession. It does not represent the Japanese “cultural garment” just because these women traditionally wore kimonos. A whole lot of other people wore them too in various occasions. And why mustn’t people wear a foreign country’s traditional clothing and accessories. Do Hawaiians slap you in the face when you put a garland on.

  • I am Evelyn Salt

    This is not the first time that @vogue has been “tone deaf” or IMO arrogant about multi-racial issues. 1) featuring two light skinned black girls and one Asian barely begins to scratch the surface of what shades of beauty this world has to offer. 2) Karlie Kloss appears in geisha mode in the story. That is the equivalent of black face for my people. Vogue’s arrogance, laziness and ignorance for not even a) stopping for one hot second and thinking maybe this is a bad idea; b) trying to understand a culture but rather fetishsizing and exoticsizing one small, minute, aspect of that culture. It’s 2017 and in this respect Vogue, who’s influence and reach, is without borders or limits, appears to be stuck in the 1950′s. We live in a high-speed, globalize world; willfull ignorance is unacceptable. I used to be an avid Vogue subscriber. I would read it cover to cover. Sometime ago, I started to get bored with Vogue and decided to let my subscription lapse. I haven’t missed it one iota, and with this egregious story, I won’t be renewing anytime soon.

  • Gina

    Silly rabbit, you’ve proven my point by acknowledging that kimonos are traditional clothing specific to the Japanese culture. You ranted yourself into a corner, sweetheart. Goodbye.

  • PB

    You just called a profession a costume. I don’t want to call you names cause I’m well raised but go figure. Also why can’t foreigners wear traditional costumes of another country then. You have obviously never been to a Kyoto where some costume shops and make-up artists make a living on foreign visitors.

  • Gina

    You’re clearly confused. I never once said anything was a costume. Besides, travelling and immersing yourself in a culture is not the same as cultural appropriation. Cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation are two very different things; It’s about context.

  • Gina

    You’re clearly confused. I never once said anything was a costume. Besides, travelling and immersing yourself in a culture is not the same as cultural appropriation. Cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation are two very different things; It’s about context.

  • Gina

    You’re clearly confused. I never once said anything was a costume. Besides, travelling and immersing yourself in a culture is not the same as cultural appropriation. Cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation are two very different things; It’s about context.

  • PB

    She is a model playing dress-up. She is not portraying a certain historic figure in a documentary. It is about the same level of seriousness as Halloween and tourists paying cultural appreciation.

  • PB

    She is a model playing dress-up. She is not portraying a certain historic figure in a documentary. It is about the same level of seriousness as Halloween and tourists paying cultural appreciation.

  • Gina

    The fact that she’s not serious makes it even worse. Someone’s culture isn’t a toy to play with. Someone’s culture shouldn’t be used as a costume.

  • Camden Coxon

    This extreme of political correctness is getting insane…I don’t think she has anything to apologize for, and IF she did, it shouldn’t be coming from her, it should be coming from the director of the shoot and the the editors of Vogue. It’s not like she rocked up to the set and said ” I want to dress like a Geisha today” …people need to get a grip on reality and start caring about real issues.

  • Jenna

    I thought this girl was smarter than this. What a moron. Who came up with this idiotic term Cultural Appropriation? In other words, stay in your lane, be closed-minded, and stop the creative thinking.

    Seriously. The person who came up with this BS “cultural appropriation” must have read 1984 a million times. We should be appreciating other cultures and ethnicities. This appropriation crap is squashing appreciation and creativity. I mean it. Who started this damn movement?

    Appreciating each other is everything we strive for. How do we design clothes or come up with new ideas without looking outside ourselves? I’m sorry, the people who scream diversity and tolerance are the first ones to steal away all of our freedoms.

    1984 is no longer just a book. It’s reality.

  • Jenna

    I thought this girl was smarter than this. What a moron. Who came up with this idiotic term Cultural Appropriation? In other words, stay in your lane, be closed-minded, and stop the creative thinking.

    Seriously. The person who came up with this BS “cultural appropriation” must have read 1984 a million times. We should be appreciating other cultures and ethnicities. This appropriation crap is squashing appreciation and creativity. I mean it. Who started this damn movement?

    Appreciating each other is everything we strive for. How do we design clothes or come up with new ideas without looking outside ourselves? I’m sorry, the people who scream diversity and tolerance are the first ones to steal away all of our freedoms.

    1984 is no longer just a book. It’s reality.