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Guess Kim Kardashian isn’t the only A-lister to be involved in a blackface controversy…
Gigi Hadid has just found herself in the middle of a blackface scandal, as her latest magazine cover for Vogue Italia depicts her with significantly darker skin.
The 23-year-old model was photographed by Steven Klein and received backlash for the photo the moment it made its online debut on social media.
Gigi Hadid quickly responded to the critics by stating that as a model, she has no control of what happens in post-production, and even shared a paparazzi picture of herself on the day of the shoot to show just how much false tan had been applied to her skin.
“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,” she began.
“Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is nonexistent 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 then responded to the accusations that she had been bronzed even further in post-production and that if she could, she would have handled things very differently…
“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.
“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.”
Well, even though we don’t think this is Gigi’s finest cover, we have to say that we like the way she has handled the controversy.
Let’s hope that more photographers and editors learn from this mistake!