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‘Vogue’s’ Geisha-Themed Photoshoot Starring Karlie Kloss is…. Not Good

Fashion

‘Vogue’s’ Geisha-Themed Photoshoot Starring Karlie Kloss is…. Not Good

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While Vogue has a long history of cultural appropriation, white-washing and being generally tone-deaf, the magazine’s latest transgression is particularly egregious, given that it falls within their so-called “diversity issue.” The editorial in question features Karlie Kloss, a white model from Missouri, participating in various aspects of traditional Japanese culture while dressed as a geisha. It is… not good.

Titled “Spirited Away” (a reference to another Japanese thing white people have taken a liking to) and shot by Mikael Jansson, the editorial finds Kloss in full geisha makeup, hanging out with sumo wrestlers and serving tea.

At this point we’re just exhausted by mainstream fashion’s utter lack of a clue. With countless incredible Japanese models to chose from (Tao Okamoto, Chiharu Okunugi, Rini Fukushi to name but a few) and plenty of similar mistakes it ought to have learned from, Vogue is all out of excuses.

Meanwhile, Kloss, ever the unoffensive all-American, offers the following apology:

Vogue is yet to comment.