GIGI HADID APOLOGIZES AFTER BACKLASH OVER VOGUE ITALIA COVER

At a time when many would like to see more diversity in the fashion industry, top model Gigi Hadid faced backlash after the release of the latest Vogue Italia cover which shows the 23-year-old posed with a male model with heavily darkened make up. The Steven Klein-photographed image, meant to be stylized, was seen as blackface by some.

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Hadid subsequently went on social media to apologize to those who were offended by the cover over which she said she had no control.

“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 is 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 VogueItalia‘s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid. 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. 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.”

PHOTO: STEVEN KLEIN FOR VOGUE ITALIA

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