Karlie Kloss is no stranger to being the hot topic. After her nude pics and photoshopped ribs, you’d think she’d want to stay away from controversy! Well, Victoria’s Secret didn’t help her last week. They sent her stomping down the runway during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in this fringed leather bikini, an overload of turquoise jewels, and (the most important item of all) a towering Native American headdress replica. Not such a great idea, VS.
The Native American community was less than pleased (especially since it was a short 3 days after Gwen Stefani and No Doubt were forced to pull their music video because Gwen was.. yes, wearing a sexy Native American getup). Why are the Native American garbs taking so much heat? Among other offensive reasons, the headdress is a traditional sacred item that is being used as a costume. Native women are insulted that they are thought of as a relic/theme/trend of the past.
Victoria’s Secret has decided to pull the controversial look from the fashion show’s broadcast and any other press. A representative from the company told Huffington Post, “We are sorry that the Native American 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.”
To make this all worse, November is Native American Heritage Month.