Gigi Hadid has apologised after her appearance on the cover of VogueItalia was lambasted for the apparent use of “blackface”.
The model faced a huge backlash when the photo, which was taken by fashion photographer Steven Klein, was revealed yesterday, with people saying that she looks “completely unrecognisable” with her darkened skin.
The 23-year-old has since explained on social media that she was heavily bronzed with makeup on the day of the shoot, but has said sorry nonetheless to those who have found the image offensive.
“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),” she wrote in a post on Twitter and on her Instagram story.
“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 stated that she had no control over the creative direction of the cover of the magazine, both during the shoot and during post-production.
However, she understood why a great deal of people found the retouching and colouring of the cover distasteful.