Vogue’s ‘Diversity’ Issue In Trouble For Karlie Kloss Posing As A Geisha

Vogue’s ‘Diversity’ Issue In Trouble For Karlie Kloss Posing As A Geisha

Vogue is celebrating the diversity of “the modern American woman” in the March edition, but the title is facing some backlash over a fashion spread starring supermodel Karlie Kloss styled as a Japanese geisha.

The front cover of the ‘Diversity’ edition featured a gaggle of diverse models- including Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid- posing on the beach. There are whispers on the internet that the photo was photoshopped to make Graham look thinner and Hadid’s arm look longer.

The photos were taken in spread was shot in Japan by Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick. The problem is Kloss was born in Chicago and has Danish and German heritage, so people are very annoyed that she is posing as a Japanese geisha.


***Update: Overnight Kloss apologised over Twitter saying “these images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive.”


Karlie Kloss was recently in Sydney to open David Jones Autumn/Winter fashion show and star in the retailer’s latest campaign:

Cloudy with a chance of ice cream ?

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bye Sydney ??

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