Karlie Kloss' Native American Headdress at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Sparks Controversy
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Karlie Kloss' floor-length feather headdress at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show raised eyebrows and is facing controversy for being racist.
Wednesday night, Kloss strutted down the catwalk in New York City, donning a leopard print bikini, layers of turquoise jewelry and fringe-covered heels. The hottest of all was the Native American-style headdress, for which, no doubt, Victoria's Secret came under fire.
The supermodel herself was not aware of the coming backlash.
"I'm so excited, I'm very, very lucky, I have three insane outfits," Kloss told CBS News ahead of the fashion show.
Following the show, Victoria's Secret Facebook page received many posts criticizing the headdress.
"We are a culture, not a costume. Way to go Victoria's Secret for misappropriating all Native American Indian women," one commenter posted.
"Not only are we offended and insulted, you are sexualizing Native American women and using sacred items from our culture and our traditions."
"your establishment is pathetic! Using a Native American Headdress in your 2012 Fashion Show is so disrespectful of the Native American culture!" said another.
"What is it with you people (i.e. the air heads that think it is okay to play dress up as an "Indian,")? Since when did "red-face" become the new "black-face? We are not a fashion trend."
"What are your plans after the whole Native American cat walk of disgrace? How about Black Face Vaudeville? You think Tyra Banks will back you on that one? Nice job of disrespecting the Native American women of this country. Enough is enough already"
It was also quite ill-timed appearance.
Just recently, No Doubt had to withdraw their latest video for "Looking Hot" following backlash against Gwen Stefani's Native American costume.
However, this is not the first time for Victoria's Secret's creation to be perceived as racist.
Back in September, an Eastern-inspired lingerie piece titled "Sexy Little Geisha" stirred controversy.© 2013 Fashion & Style.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Nov 10, 2012 11:07 AM EST