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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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Jul 17, 2014 9:25AM
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I would like to apologize for my English and grammar first off. But what many of you don't understand, the Indigenous ones were killed off for being who they are, and for their things, gold, jewels, areas they lived. Racism/Orders from the higher powers or government, wanted them all dead, that was the first plan in the minds of the invaders, they proved that when they killed/raped women and children then killed them after, and brought their foreign plagues to this land like diseases, alcohol, Christians who didn't even follow their own good peaceful ways, then taught the way of the Christian, don't do this don't do that, praise this name, praise that name, after the great impressions they left on the natives, confusing them. After the invaders got it in their heads that it will take to long to kill all of them off, or just didn't want to give a bad name to America for exterminating the first people in the house, to make them look good, not all evil that sort of thing. Reservations come, knifes were sharpened, I mean the treaties were promised, signed. Killed their food source, survived on government food, only thing they had to carry on was their traditional ways even though some of it was extinct then or forgotten, clothing, spiritual instruments, languages, still surviving. The invaders got an idea in their head, if they are going to be our neighbors then they better be white and civilized, kill the indian save the man. Thus destroying their way of life of what they had left, taking children from their parents placing them in boarding schools to be remade into white people, forget your languages, forget that savage way. Beat, tortured, raped in the boarding schools, just another place where the "Nation of God" can practice their ways, on those savage children. That's where native American alcoholism started to take place, then even downgraded even more, just because the native American rather be a drunk then a white man, thus a sickness now lies in their people, just because they rather be drunk then a white man. Soon as they been healing ever since trying to fit into America, the descendants of the white people, are all open arms to other countries, and cultures, "Oh come to our land! this land is your land this land is my land!" Their children are happy to be where they are at, wearing the native americans traditional stuff, fake or not they damn well know what it is supposed to be, warbonnets worn by those who are selfless, leading the people best as they can, then they are no more, then other people wear it "Oh look sexy in this turkey hat" they don't even know, what they hell they are doing, you would think people would learn and respect after all those years of killing them/living by them. But I guess they don't teach that in your peoples schools, I mean you guys do use them as your mascots/fashion statements, probably not even a full blood native in that school, maybe mixed, no one sees the blood though. and yet they are surprised at their anger.
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
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