Karlie Kloss and Victoria’s Secret have made headlines following the taping of last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. To recap: the famed model took to the runway in a Native American-inspired headdress and tiny bikini, and caused outrage amongst Native Americans and non-Native Americans, alike, for what many are calling a blatant case of cultural appropriation.
The backlash after last night’s show has been immediate. A columnist for Native Appropriations, a website dedicated to calling attention to the misappropriation of Native American culture, wrote: “Besides the daily harm of these ongoing micro-aggressions for Native folks, the sexualization of Native women continues to be an ignored and continuing epidemic.”
Last night’s show comes on the heels of No Doubt removing their recent video due to extensive complaints. Sasha Houston Brown, a member of the Santee Sioux tribe of Nebraska, among many other angry individuals, took to her Twitter: “We are not a relic of the past, a theme or a trend, we are not a style or costume, we are not mascots.”
Victoria’s Secret’s official response: “We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize, as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.” Model Karlie Kloss also took to her Twitter to apologize, writing: “I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone. I support VS’s decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast.”