Vogue promises diversity and delivers Karlie Kloss as a geisha instead

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2016%2f09%2f16%2fa2%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lza0.03f0bBy Tricia Gilbride2017-02-15 00:41:11 UTC

A "diversity issue" of a magazine definitely should not provide more examples of the diverse ways the media can completely let down the people fighting for representation. 

Vogue's latest gives themselves a pat on the back for a cover featuring a few models that don't look like Kendall Jenner alongside Kendall Jenner. But it's a different story once you start turning the pages and see supermodel Karlie Kloss — who is certainly not Japanese — get a full spread playing a Geisha. 

The March 2017 issue of Vogue is the magazine's first to feature an Asian model on the cover, people were already noting how that victory was diluted by Liu Wen sharing the space with six other models. To pour salt in the wound, this also comes just after Gigi Hadid (one of the issue's cover models) was recently called out for a racist Instagram story mocking Asian features. 

But rest assured, Twitter is not letting Kloss get away with cultural appropriation.

Kloss is a repeat offender. Back in 2012, Kloss walked down the Victoria's Secret runway in a Native American headdress, so she's just sticking to the rivers and the lakes that she's used to. 

She later apologized on Twitter, but that clearly doesn't mean she learned her lesson. 

Update:

Kloss has apologized for participating in the photoshoot on Twitter.

Topics: Celebrities, cultural appropriation, , karlie kloss, Photography, racism, Watercooler

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