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Vogue Celebrates Diversity by Using Karlie Kloss as a Geisha

By Bekka Supp | Social Media | February 15, 2017 |

By Bekka Supp | Social Media | February 15, 2017 |

Nowadays, it would seem Condé Nast might be having a dilemma with two of its most popular publications: Vogue and Teen Vogue. They’ve been facing some tough criticism lately due to the fact that the editors and writing staff at Teen Vogue have been killing it over the last year and have taken a rather unapologetic approach to features in their magazine typically catering to a younger demographic.


That’s not to say that Teen Vogue’s older sibling, Vogue, isn’t doing a great job, but it seems that their younger sister is running circles around them, even so much as to run an op-ed piece about how President* Trump is gaslighting America.

When an unlikely source, in this case a teen magazine that offers beauty tips and why the Cherokee nation lawsuit against the federal government matters, starts to outshine an institution like Vogue, there’s only so much that a former giant can do before it goes supernova.

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Well shit. That’s not how you do it.

Vogue has been accused of racism for running a photoshoot featuring model Karlie Kloss as a Japanese geisha. In the March issue, Vogue is celebrating the diversity of “the modern American woman” featuring models of different ethnicities, skin tones, and body types. But with the cover featuring Chinese model Liu Wen, many are wondering why an Asian model wasn’t used for the Japanese-inspired spread inside the magazine. Mind you, this is just days after they showcased their cover in which Gigi Hadid appeared to have “Go Go Gadget“‘ed her arm to cover Ashley Graham in an attempt to make Graham look skinnier.


In Kloss’ defense, this isn’t her first time having to apologize for cultural appropriation on behalf of companies that aren’t as quick to apologize as she is. She responded swiftly and for that, I do have to commend her.

It stands to reason that there are a few Hollywood actors who could take a page out of Kloss’ book and be more mindful of their film choices *coughs* MattDamonEmmaStoneScarJoTheTilds

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