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Karlie Kloss has issued an apology for that 'Geisha' editorial in 'Vogue'

My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women.

Karlie Kloss.

Update 16/02

Model Karlie Kloss has issued an apology after she came under fire for posing dressed as a 'Geisha' in a recent editorial for Vogue US. On her Twitter, Karlie posted this statement, which reads, "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."

"My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women," she wrote. "I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission. Sincerely, Karlie."

Vogue has yet to comment on the photo shoot.

We originally reported:

Karlie Kloss and Vogue US have found themselves on the receiving end of more than a little bit of flak after they published a photo shoot of Karlie dressed as a 'Geisha' in their most recent 'diversity issue'.

Within the issue — which was praised for having included a plus-sized model and three non-white models on the cover — Karlie sports what appears to be a traditional taka shimada hairstyle, wearing footwear modelled after the zōri or geta style. And while she doesn't wear anything that could be considered a kimono, the shoot is styled to reflect 'Geisha'-style, including printed overcoats, patterned dresses and silk dresses. The editorial is titled 'Spirited Away'. (Of course.)

Photography: Mikael Jansson.
Photography: Mikael Jansson.
Photography: Mikael Jansson.
Photography: Mikael Jansson.

Unsurprisingly, considering both Karlie and Vogue have both been accused of being insensitive on the topic of racial representation (Karlie wearing a Native American headdress at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and Vogue's various 'blackface' editorials, on models including Lara Stone, Gigi Hadid and Saskia de Brauw, come to mind), the internet has helpfully pointed out the error in their ways.

Both fashion magazines and the entertainment industry have been called out repeatedly for contributing to a wide-scale erasure and misrepresentation of racial minorities in pop culture, including Emma Stone's portrayal of a part-Asian, part-Hawaiian character in Aloha, Tilda Swinton's portrayal of the traditionally-Tibetan Ancient One in Doctor Strange and, more recently, Scarlett Johansson's playing of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the manga-based Ghost in the Shell.

With so many beautiful Japanese models available for work, it's disappointing to see them passed over yet again, especially in an issue celebrating "diversity."