Gigi Hadid is in hot water once again!
The supermodel recently came under fire for her appearance on Vogue Italia’s May 2018 cover.
On the cover, Gigi appears overly bronzed and some have accused her and Vogue of blackface.
Initially, Gigi boasted about being on the cover of Vogue Italia on Instagram.
“Excited, honored, and grateful to cover @VogueItalia’s May Issue. Thank you so so much for an amazing shoot, I am forever inspired by you all !!! & can’t wait to share the full story!!” Gigi wrote showing off the cover photo.
However, backlash quickly ensued and many accused Gigi and Vogue of blackface and heavy-handed Photoshop.
Gigi quickly removed her initial post and replaced it with an apology.
In her apology, Gigi shared a photo of her leaving the Vogue Italia photo shoot and she clearly has a tan but it is nowhere nearly as dark as the cover photo.
While Gigi did apologize she made it clear that she has no creative control over these shoots or what editing happens after the photos are taken.
“This is a photo of me returning home from shooting my Italian Vogue cover on April 3rd…you can see the level I had been bronzed to on set that day. Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is non-existent in terms of creative direction. 2. ends completely when I leave set, and anything done to a photo in post if out of my control fully,” Gigi explained. “The bronzing and photoshop is a style that S. Klein has done for many years and I believe was what was expected from the shoot (to show me in a different way creatively), BUT, although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid.”
She continued, “I want to address this for those who were offended by the editing/retouching/coloring of the cover. Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different. Regardless, I want to apologize because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future.”
Concluding, “There are real issues regarding representation in fashion—it’s our responsibility to acknowledge those issues and communicate through them to work towards a more diverse industry.”
As for Vogue, it released a statement to TMZ via its parent company Conde Nast International.
“In our latest cover shoot by Steven Klein, the vision was to create a beachwear-themed story with a stylized bronzing effect. We understand that the result has caused some debate with our readers, and we sincerely apologize if we have caused any offense.”
This isn’t the first time Vogue and Gigi have gotten accused of blackface.
Back in 2015, Gigi graced the cover of Vogue Italia and caused controversy for donning an afro and overly bronzed skin.
Thoughts on Gigi’s photos? Is this an example of blackface? Are the photos offensive? Did Vogue Italia go too far with darkening Gigi’s skin? Is Gigi innocent in this mishap? Was Gigi’s apology enough? Sound off!
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