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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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973Comments
Nov 12, 2012 11:08PM
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this whole thing is going to backfire on the first americans, removing all the names from schools teams are we going to rename all the towns, rivers, counties and states too, remove all evidence of native americans? sounds more like genocide
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The p/c crowd & the indians need to get a life & get over this nonsense. What's the problem?? Indians wore feathers at one time so now nobody can wear an Indian head dress w/o the indians pitching a hissy fit.  So if  some one has a toga party are citizens of Rome gonna get upset next?? Absolutely ridiculous.
Nov 12, 2012 11:08PM
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Why do women have to prade around in their underware is beyond me.... PUT SOME CLOTHS ON !
Nov 12, 2012 11:08PM
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Pull eeuz, Native Americans have more important issues than this.
Nov 12, 2012 11:07PM
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this is gone 2 far ut looks good and fock the Indians
Nov 12, 2012 11:07PM
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I don't understand why native people are getting so offended over this. Yeah, it might be an inaccurate representation of Native American heritage but this outfit AND No Doubt's video were not meant to represent true Native American culture they are both simply meant to be creative projects. GET OVER IT. Society and media is full of misrepresentation and stereotype.
Nov 12, 2012 11:06PM
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ITs time to tell the Indian to fock off and get a life
Nov 12, 2012 11:06PM
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Hey, I have some Cherokee in my blood and that picture did not offend me in the least!

Some people just want something to bitch about!  Maybe they are jealous of the model herself!

I think the costume is gorgeous.

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