Gigi Hadid Responds To Accusations She Did Black Face For This Vogue Italia Cover
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The cover has come under major criticism after fans pointed out that the model’s skin tone looks noticeably darker in the Vogue Italia photoshoot than it does IRL.
— Natural Home Remedies (@HowCureAcne) May 3, 2018
In case you can’t tell who that is, it’s Gigi Hadid, who has been edited into another person and given such a deep “””tan””” that it’s insulting to even try to pretend that it’s not blackface.
— Christy Somos (@C_Somos) May 3, 2018
Wow Gigi Hadid did blackface. She has become queen of the trash pile
— • (@flickereesha) February 5, 2017
Gigi has since responded to the backlash, taking to Instagram to set the record straight.
"...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 is out of my control fully," she wrote.
Gigi explained that the excessive bronzing and photoshop done to her image are all trademarks of photographer, Steven Klein. The model also explained that while she understands what "Vogue Italia's intentions were, it was not executed correctly and the concerns that have been brought up are valid."
"Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different," she said. "Regardless, I want to apologise 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."
Gigi ended her apology by saying, "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."
Sadly, this isn't the first time Gigi has been at the centre of a cultural appropriation drama.
In 2015, the model appeared on another Vogue Italia cover sporting an afro.
— Derek Sherry (@RealDerekSherry) February 7, 2017
Fans clapped back at the cover, saying they were disappointed Vogue couldn't use a black model.
Oh cool & Vogue Italy did a photo shoot w a white model wearing an afro because we've apparently learned nothing https://t.co/mcqz2fuZ0x
— The Happy Feminist🗽 (@HappyFeminist) November 10, 2015
Why is Gigi hadid tanned with an Afro and bigger lips on the vogue italia cover...was Rihanna not available?
— Corrine (@corrinuzz) November 7, 2015
Fingers crossed Gigi can move past this and it's a lesson learnt for next time!
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