Victoria's Secret Native American Costume Is Just as ‘Offensive’ as No Doubt's Pulled Video
The Victoria's Secret show was held in NYC last night and it seems the belle of the ball was Karlie Kloss, a lean-limbed beauty who absolutely rocked what appeared to be a Sexy Native American Chief costume. From the turquoise beaded jewelry to the breathtaking headdress to the fringed moccasin-like heels, Kloss looked ready to strut straight off the runway and into the powwow. Hoka heeyyyyyyyyy, am I right?
Of course, this Kloss's outfit begs the question of why it's okay for a white underwear model to be culturally insensitive, but it's not okay for a white pop star girl to do the same. I mean, isn't outrage over the whole headdress-and-beads thing exactly why No Doubt pulled their recent "Looking Hot" video?
In case you missed it, No Doubt briefly posted a music video that featured Gwen Stefani playing a Native American princess captured by cowboys. After getting L.A.M.B.asted (get it? Get it? Ehhhh) with claims of racism, the band yanked the clip and issued an apology:
Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately.
Now, there's no way for Victoria's Secret to retroactively rethink sending Kloss out in that outfit, since what's done is done. I'm not saying they should feel forced to apologize for it, either. But it all sends a baffling message -- is it always offensive to borrow cultural elements outside your own? Isn't that what Gwen Stefani did, like, NONSTOP during her Harajuku phase? What about the bindi she wore in the '90s? Why was that stuff okay but a headdress is super controversial?
I'm not arguing one way or the other, I'm just legitimately confused. The "good" news for Karlie Kloss is that she's no stranger to having her image criticized, since she's the model whose protruding ribs were airbrushed out of a (NSFW) photo a couple months ago. As Kloss herself has said,
You are physically up for scrutiny by everyone and you hear everyone's opinion. You have to grow thick skin and that only comes with time and learning.
Sure, but what is it that we're learning, I wonder?
What do you think about the Victoria's Secret outfit? Is it offensive?
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