We're not sure if Karlie Kloss needs a new team or she needs to reevaluate her moves, but she's collecting a number of Ls in the public light and might need to chill. Last week, Twitter went ham on her after she confused Beyoncé and TLC; this week? It's a racially-insensitive photo shoot for Vogue that has the internets up in arms.
Karlie for Vogue US - March 2017 pic.twitter.com/Pbo9rssT8p— bestkkpics (@bestkkpics) February 14, 2017
While the cover for Vogue's March 2017 issue might have been a step in the right direction for including the likes of Ashley Graham and other non-conformist cover girls (although it might not have been diverse enough), it's what's inside that's getting people riled up. The Japanese-themed Spirited Away piece finds Kloss looking like a geisha, chilling with a sumo wrestler, and other troubling images. With the whitewashing of Asian culture being very real, and very relevant, this is a questionable move, and Twitter made sure Kloss and Vogue knew that.
Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, and Tilda Swinton turn to Karlie Kloss. "Your turn, girl."— Ira Madison III (@ira) February 14, 2017
Karlie on phone: "Hello, Vogue? Make me Asian." pic.twitter.com/zgUWIB022Q
#Vogue styled Karlie Kloss as an Asian woman for their "diversity" issue. That's an interesting interpretation of diversity 🤔— Adriana Chartrand (@gdbyblumonday) February 15, 2017
Karlie Kloss gets a 6-page spread in yellowface for Vogue's DIVERSITY ISSUE... while Imaan Hammam & Liu Wen get one pic each... the irony pic.twitter.com/fXn9Ikz7ik— Nerdy Asians (@NerdyAsians) February 15, 2017
It's even more troubling when you find out that this shoot was a part of Vogue's "diversity" issue. C'mon, fam.
I just found out that the Karlie Kloss yellowface editorial was for Vogue's "diversity" issue. Diversity. Issue. 😐— Remember Theramore (@Feathermoonie) February 14, 2017
vogue hired karlie kloss to model as a geisha? did we suddenly run out of asian models and had to hire a white woman to play one instead ???— dani (@itsjustdaniii) February 15, 2017
One Twitter user did bring up a great point.
The fact that people are talking shit to Karlie Kloss and not vogue or photographer is INSANE. Sexism at its finest.— Raychle Bernoth ☕️ (@RaychleBernoth) February 15, 2017
We can't front; it's hard to pin all of this on Kloss. It was Vogue who paid for the shoot, more than likely came up with the look, and so on, but Kloss did end up apologizing for her part in this anyway.
We'll see, but Karlie; you might need someone to triple check your next moves before making them public. Just saying.