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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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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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Nov 13, 2012 1:06AM
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For goodness sake!! Is there nothing people won't complin over? Nowadays it doesn't matter what you are wearing it will offend someone. Next time I wear my fuzzy hooded coat I guess I will be offending American Eskimos lol Get a life people
Nov 13, 2012 1:06AM
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Very hot!!!... Let's go rub some sticks together in my teepee!!!
Nov 13, 2012 1:06AM
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Someone will decide to be offended by pretty much anything, so I think the company should do as it wishes and ignore the idiotic masses.

 

Nov 13, 2012 1:06AM
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My husband and his family are also Native American and have absolutely NO issue with this outfit.
Nov 13, 2012 1:05AM
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My grandmother was native american and I see nothing wrong with this. I think it is some liberal that is trying to stir up this mess. This looks good to me and my sisters and wife agree, so leave it in the fall mix I say.
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Sounded like the just needed something to Bitch about!!
Nov 13, 2012 1:05AM
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How far do you have to go, to believe you want to stand for something? It's beatiful!!! Native American women are beatiful!!!Stop taking everything as an offence. Your so deep into your negative life you can only see through your tunnel vision...? Stop...! Your only hurting yourself...
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