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Gigi Hadid Issues Apology Over 'Vogue Italia' Cover Controversy

Gigi Hadid Issues Apology Over 'Vogue Italia' Cover Controversy

Gigi Hadid is issuing an apology for those offended over her Vogue Italia cover story, where she’s been accused of using makeup to darken her face to make her appear to be in blackface.

“This is a photo of me returning home from shooting my Italian Vogue cover on April 3rd…you can see the level I had been bronzed to on set that day. Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is non existent in terms of creative direction. 2. ends completely when I leave set, and anything done to a photo in post if out of my control fully. The bronzing and photoshop is a style that S. Klein has done for many years and I believe was what was expected from the shoot (to show me in a different way creatively), BUT, although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid,” Gigi posted in a statement to Twitter. The cover image was photographed by Steven Klein.

“I want to address this for those who were offended by the editing/retouching/coloring of the cover. Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different. Regardless, I want to apologize because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future,” Gigi continued. “There are real issues regarding representation in fashion—it’s our responsibility to acknowledge those issues and communicate through them to work towards a more diverse industry.”

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  • Vanity

    this is crazy.. white people are not allowed to be tanned skinned.. white people can’t do anything nowadays. simple effin minds will always be so trivial.

  • J.K.

    lol… I bet no one in Italy or Europe complained about this

  • Anna

    LOL She looks like a completely different ethnicity. That’s not bronze or a tan… that’s straight up a completely different skin tone. It looks like a completely different woman. Why didn’t they just hire someone with a darker ethnic background? If they want to go with something exotic, why not actually hire an exotic model?

  • Maria M.

    Is Donatella Versace in blackface!? Tan is not a blackface. Italians love fake tan.

  • Sansa Squad

    The historical context for blackface is different in Italy and Europe. It’s understandable that they wouldn’t understand why this is wrong, and still fair for non-Italians to call Gigi (an American) out for it.

  • Sansa Squad

    The historical context for blackface is different in Italy and Europe. It’s understandable that they wouldn’t understand why this is wrong, and still fair for non-Italians to call Gigi (an American) out for it.

  • pppf

    While I agree with you, I don’t understand how this is Gigi’s fault. She’s just the model who showed up for the job, not the editor’s who contort and/or photo shop the look of the cover model.

  • pppf

    While I agree with you, I don’t understand how this is Gigi’s fault. She’s just the model who showed up for the job, not the editor’s who contort and/or photo shop the look of the cover model.

  • KS_in_TP

    This is bullshit that normal people don’t care about.

    This is bullshit manufactured to create chaos and division.

    Again, this is bullshit that normal people don’t care about. It is manufactured outrage created by fringe radicals — agents of chaos whose sworn duty is to keep society constantly in a state of fear and anger.

  • KS_in_TP

    This is bullshit that normal people don’t care about.

    This is bullshit manufactured to create chaos and division.

    Again, this is bullshit that normal people don’t care about. It is manufactured outrage created by fringe radicals — agents of chaos whose sworn duty is to keep society constantly in a state of fear and anger.

  • KS_in_TP

    This is bullshit that normal people don’t care about.

    This is bullshit manufactured to create chaos and division.

    Again, this is bullshit that normal people don’t care about. It is manufactured outrage created by fringe radicals — agents of chaos whose sworn duty is to keep society constantly in a state of fear and anger.

  • cutitout

    That’s’ not black face, it looks more like a harsh tan and manipulating the exposure than anything. Lets not trivialize real blackface just to attach a popular person and make story.

  • cutitout

    That’s’ not black face, it looks more like a harsh tan and manipulating the exposure than anything. Lets not trivialize real blackface just to attach a popular person and make story.

  • cutitout

    That’s’ not black face, it looks more like a harsh tan and manipulating the exposure than anything. Lets not trivialize real blackface just to attach a popular person and make story.

  • KS_in_TP

    And she’s half Arab. The Perpetually Outraged Fringe Radicals are are accusing an ARAB woman of black face. A woman who is a MODEL doing ART PHOTOGRAPHY.

  • KS_in_TP

    And she’s half Arab. The Perpetually Outraged Fringe Radicals are are accusing an ARAB woman of black face. A woman who is a MODEL doing ART PHOTOGRAPHY.

  • KS_in_TP

    And she’s half Arab. The Perpetually Outraged Fringe Radicals are are accusing an ARAB woman of black face. A woman who is a MODEL doing ART PHOTOGRAPHY.

  • cutitout

    Well if you are talking about normal white people who do not care about anything outside of their little bubbles, yes. “normal people don’t care” But if you are a black model or brown who is losing opportunities to support yourself because fashion photographers are spray painting white girls rather than just hiring darker skinned black, asian, or hispanic girls. That is the issue at hand.

  • cutitout

    Well if you are talking about normal white people who do not care about anything outside of their little bubbles, yes. “normal people don’t care” But if you are a black model or brown who is losing opportunities to support yourself because fashion photographers are spray painting white girls rather than just hiring darker skinned black, asian, or hispanic girls. That is the issue at hand.

  • cutitout

    Well if you are talking about normal white people who do not care about anything outside of their little bubbles, yes. “normal people don’t care” But if you are a black model or brown who is losing opportunities to support yourself because fashion photographers are spray painting white girls rather than just hiring darker skinned black, asian, or hispanic girls. That is the issue at hand.

  • KS_in_TP

    That ***MAKEUP*** is not “black face”. It is artistic PAINTING. In no way does it even come close to looking like human flesh of any race. NO ONE has the monopoly on makeup palette colors. FUCK THIS SHIT.

    Get a fucking life.

  • KS_in_TP

    That ***MAKEUP*** is not “black face”. It is artistic PAINTING. In no way does it even come close to looking like human flesh of any race. NO ONE has the monopoly on makeup palette colors. FUCK THIS SHIT.

    Get a fucking life.

  • KS_in_TP

    That ***MAKEUP*** is not “black face”. It is artistic PAINTING. In no way does it even come close to looking like human flesh of any race. NO ONE has the monopoly on makeup palette colors. FUCK THIS SHIT.

    Get a fucking life.

  • Vanity

    They wouldn’t complain because most people in Italy, Greece, or in Southern Europe have olive skin.

  • Vanity

    They wouldn’t complain because most people in Italy, Greece, or in Southern Europe have olive skin.

  • Vanity

    They wouldn’t complain because most people in Italy, Greece, or in Southern Europe have olive skin.

  • Gina

    Except Gigi prides herself on not being the type of model to just “shut up and look pretty.” She can’t have it both ways.