Model Kar­lie Kloss sorry for cul­tur­ally in­sen­si­tive spread in Vogue mag­a­zine

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NEW YORK White model Kar­lie Kloss is apol­o­giz­ing for ap­pear­ing in a fash­ion spread in Vogue’s di­ver­sity is­sue styled as a geisha, call­ing it cul­tur­ally in­sen­si­tive.

Kloss, who has Dan­ish and Ger­man roots, was pho­tographed by Mikael Jans­son in a black wig and wears a ki­mono in one shot and poses be­side a sumo wrestler in an­other. In its in­tro­duc­tion, Vogue writes that the spread is “pay­ing homage to geisha cul­ture.”

Kloss took to Twit­ter on Wed­nes­day to apol­o­gize for “par­tic­i­pat­ing in a shoot that was not cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive. My goal is, and al­ways will be, to em­power and in­spire women. I will en­sure my fu­ture shoots and projects re­flect that mis­sion.”

Vogue, pub­lished by Conde Nast, did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. The mag­a­zine’s March is­sue al­ready has gen­er­ated some so­cial me­dia back­lash. In­tended to cel­e­brate women’s di­ver­sity, the cover fea­tures seven mod­els of dif­fer­ent eth­nic back­grounds, but some say it isn’t as in­clu­sive as it could be.

The is­sue of “white­wash­ing,” in which Cau­casians are cho­sen for roles that ac­tors of other eth­nic­i­ties ide­ally would play, has taken on new ur­gency in the wake of Matt Da­mon’s film “The Great Wall.”

Da­mon plays an English mer­ce­nary in the up­com­ing $150 mil­lion ad­ven­ture fan­tasy. But the movie’s trailer sparked crit­i­cism in the U.S. that a white man had been cho­sen to play the lead in a film set in China meant to show­case Chi­nese cul­ture.

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