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Victoria’s Secret apologizes about American Indian outfit

The lingerie giant is apologizing after an outfit that debuted in their annual fashion show last week caused controversy.

By Kim Anne Nov 12, 2012 7:11PM

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
According to the Telegraph, numerous complaints arose across the globe after the lingerie company debuted an American Indian headdress look by model Karlie Kloss during their fashion show in New York last week.

The company will remove the look from their December 4th broadcast and they posted this message on their Facebook page: "We are sorry that the American Indian 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." The apology has already received over 10,000 Likes and Karlie Kloss also apologized on her personal Twitter page.

Native Appropriations posted this on their blog: "The frustrating thing is this comes on the heels of the No Doubt "Looking Hot" controversy, where the band pulled their music video within a day of it being released because of the use of extremely stereotypical and offensive Native imagery and a huge outcry from the Native (and ally) community. That happened like last weekend. As in less than 7 days ago. And NOBODY at Victoria's Secret saw one of the hundreds of articles about No Doubt and thought, hm, maybe we shouldn't include a woman in a headdress and a fake buckskin bikini? And the bikini. Can we talk about the bikini? I love the inclusion of the leopard. Why don't we just go full-on generic "savage" while we're at it. As one of my witty FB followers reminded us, "They say Native Americans used every part of the leopard." Ha. But serious eyeroll on that choice. Not to mention the fake turquoise/Navajo/southwest jewelry with a plains headdress. LOL, all indigenous pplz, they r teh samez. Snark aside, there is a bigger issue here. Besides the daily harm of these ongoing microaggressions for Native folks, the sexualization of Native women continues to be an ignored and continuing epidemic."

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Nov 14, 2012 12:34PM
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I'm very Sorry for  driving  a grand cherokee

 

Nov 13, 2012 6:51PM
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I am not offended and think few natives are because that isnt the real issue..the issue is perpetuating the false "Indian " mythology as NOT  irksome. Native women were exploited sexually and it has been whitewashed into something mythical pleasant or just flat denied by all parties including the victimized cultures. That this occurred is part of our culture and perhaps if it was embraced for what it was and acknowledged that a positive outcome of mixed raced American populations that has historically been underground.
Nov 13, 2012 2:25PM
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If anyone is an angry idiot take a look in the mirror. We aren't angry about the Victoria's Secret Model. Quite the contrary, but then again, Seminoles didn't wear long feather headdresses. That's a Sioux thing I believe.
Nov 13, 2012 6:51AM
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What a bunch'a bullchit.  Who are we talking about here that got 'offended?'  The old, overweight grandmothers on the REZ?  And since when did their opinions matter to the rest of the tribe?  I look at the comments below and even natives have made their voices heard.  It looks AWESOME!   More than 10 positive comments to 1 negative overall.  I'd say if it wasn't the old, overweight grandmothers, then it was the author of this article.  And on that music video...Dam!  SHE IS HOT! 

Chill out fat, overweight people of any race.  Beauty wins this argument no matter what she's wearing!

Nov 13, 2012 6:27AM
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THATS A BEAUTIFUL OUTFIT I DONT SEE THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF IT JUST THAT IS A SEXY 1
Nov 13, 2012 5:50AM
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And just so there are no misunderstandings I am not condoning or complaining about VS, just over all the race backlash that has been goin on this yr for stupid stuff. Now if they had her in makeup sayin something stereotyped then it would be a different story
Nov 13, 2012 5:43AM
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Didn't they just get in trouble for doin something like this with Japan not long ago? WTH are they dumb or just screwed in the head? VS stop while ur a head (no pun intened) and just keep to makin Angels look good
Nov 13, 2012 5:18AM
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I agree with these guys, it is ridiculous to keep slamming every little thing as offensive, I find THAT offensive!! When are these fools going to get it that people have to be free to express what they think as artful and attractive without having to lick some PC ****s' boots because their skin is nonexistent! Grow a thicker hide jerk and let the pretty girl wear the feathers! I think she looks great and would gladly be seen with her any Time! This kind of censorship is clearly the way the new establishment is trying to suppress free speech and expression. " No one is free unless they are free to choose stupidly and foolishly as well as wisely". That's what being American (Native or otherwise) is about. Anything less is plain and simple intellectual tyranny! Shame on you!!  As for Victoria's Secret? Hey guys, grow a backbone and stick to what you believe instead of letting these bullies buffalo you! (PUN INTENDED!) The outfit ROCKS! PUT IT BACK IN THE LINEUP AN LET THE REAL PUBLIC CHOOSE!
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