Vogue promises us a "diversity issue", they give us Karlie Kloss dressed as a Geisha. Karlie isn't Japanese. She also isn't under represented, considering she's one of the highest earning supermodels in the world. Just this week Karlie confused Destiny's Child and TLC. We didn't think it could get worse, but it did.
In the shoot her face appears to be whitened, and her hair is done in the traditional Shimada style. Did we get stuck in a time warp? Or is this actually happening? In 2017!
Karlie knows better, Vogue knows better, yet here we are again. Vogue have culturally appropriated a hundred times, and this isn't Karlie's first time at the rodeo. Remember in 2012 when she strutted down the catwalk in a Native American headdress? Stay classy, guys.
She has set up a coding school, she's is a vocal feminist and has all the makings of a role model. She's smart as hell, yet continues to make such stupid mistakes. Why? She's in a position to say 'no' and turn down shoots that aren't right for her, but does she? No.
Vogue is a bible for us fashion-lovers, but that doesn't mean they should get a haul pass when it comes to cultural appropriation. There are hundreds of beautiful Japanese models, and Vogue could have had their pick- do better. Please, just do better.
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