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Model Karlie Kloss Apologizes for Geisha Photoshoot in Vogue ‘Diversity Issue’

Karlie Kloss apologized Wednesday after her appearance in a Vogue photoshoot was condemned on social media as critics called the fashion model’s spread an example of “yellowface” and cultural appropriation.

“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,” Kloss said in a statement she posted to social media. “My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission.”

Floss was featured in the magazine’s March “diversity” issue. She was dressed as a Japanese geisha, wearing black wig posed with Asian artwork in the backdrop. Kloss also posed alongside a sumo wrestler.

Some social media users ripped Vogue for casting a white model for a Japanese photoshoot, while others said they didn’t find it offensive.

The Vogue drama is just the latest cultural appropriation offense for Kloss.

The 24-year-old apologized after she wore Native American-inspired headdress at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson

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