Victoria's Secret has apologized for its use of a Native American headdress during its annual fashion show after the company was roundly criticized for the outfit's poor taste and willful cultural ignorance.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss strutted down the runway for the 17th annual fashion show, wearing a skimpy cheetah-print bikini with an enormous feathered Native American-style headdress and turquoise jewelry. The fashion show was taped in New York on November 8.
Critics immediately seized on the footage of the show, citing the company's lack of cultural sensitivity and ignorance of tribal customs and traditions.
The lingerie giant has now issued an apology over the incident, posting a statement to its Facebook and Twitter accounts: “We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast.”
The show, which is set to air on December 4 on CBS, will cut the footage of Kloss in the outfit. The supermodel took to Twitter to apologize to fans on her behalf as well: "I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone," she posted. "I support VS's decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast."
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