Karlie Kloss Issued an Apology for Her Racist Geisha Photoshoot for ‘Vogue’
For its March “diversity issue,” Vogue decided it would be a great idea to dress Karlie Kloss up as a Geisha and have her pose around Japan next to sumo wrestlers and other “Japanese” things, for some reason.
Check out the problematic photoshoot from the magazine’s “Spirited Away” (yikes) feature below.
Sigh. HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING?!
The photoshoot was shot by Phyllis Posnick, and is a pretty run-of-the-mill example of gross cultural appropriation. Understandably, the release of the photos sent ripples of outrage across the internet:
Now Kloss is apologizing for the photos with one tweet.
While it’s great Kloss is able to recognize the problem and learn from her mistake (or has a handler who told her she had to for PR sake), the tweet does miss the point. It’s 2017. Wake up. Think before you do. Cultural appropriation is not okay and has never been okay.
Also, did no one stop to think: “Vogue blackface photoshoots don’t go over well, so Karlie Kloss in yellowface probably won’t, too.”