Victoria's Secret Native American Costume Is Just as ‘Offensive’ as No Doubt's Pulled Video

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Victoria's Secret Karlie KlossThe 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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ethan... ethans_momma06

I think it's hard to slap anything culturally sensitive (and the head dress IS, apparently from what I have learned) on someone wearing nothing more than underwear and really justify it.


Personally, I've tried my best to find less stuff to get "offended" over. Personally, while I think it turned out great visually- it's really in poor taste.


 

ethan... ethans_momma06

Oh no wait. I retract my 'looks great visually' comment once I viewed the entire outfit.


Good lord. Wth did they put her in?


The head dress is still stunning IMO.

Katie Hesney Johnson

Everyone needs to chill. I'm sure V.S. has been pulling the "sexy French maid" costume out before, I didn't hear the French get all snippy about it.


The butthurtitis virus is spreading like crazy these days. 

nonmember avatar whitebreads

Oh get over it already. I'm so sick to death of people taking offense to Native American regalia. What about everything else? What about those idiots that wear rosary beads and tartan plaid that's short enough to show crack? Everything in our culture is derivative of another. I just think culturally sensitive people need to relax and know when to pick your battles. Cry over everything and people stop listening.

Victoria Rene'e Burnett

The difference between this and a French Maid outfit is that this perpetuates a stereotype of Native Americans... what tribe is this from? The reason we are offended is because we have fought so hard to keep our identities and culture; and we are subjected to companies projecting their false idea of who we are for their financial gain... This is appropriating our traditions and culture inaccurately for financial gain... bottom line It is ignorant and racist.

nonmember avatar Kiana

The difference between this and a French Maid outfit is that this perpetuates a stereotype of Native Americans... what tribe is this from? The reason we are offended is because we have fought so hard to keep our identities and culture; and we are subjected to companies projecting their false idea of who we are for their financial gain... This is appropriating our traditions and culture inaccurately for financial gain... bottom line It is ignorant and racist.


^^^^^^ Amazing response! I am Blackfeet i live on the Blackfeet reservation i find this very inapporopriate! Its shameful and our culture isn't a costume!

Laketta L. Reed

Im glad they pulled the head dress Natives Have been ran over made fun of and totally disrespected way to much for way to long and people think its ok because they grew up thinking its ok because they are just INDIANS, UM NO we are NOT WE ARE NATIVE AMERICANS WE ARE FROM AMERICA NOT INDIA. we do not like our culture branded in Athletic teams or our culture used to promote items be original come up with your own ideas stop taking ours. Haven't we been stolen from enough.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Like most people with ancestors from the South, I have some Native American blood.  Am I offended?  No.  I have a friend who is 100% Sitka from Alaska.  He is not offended by these things.  My best girlfriend is half Native American and she doesn't care either.  She looks more white than Native American, though, unless you look closely.  She wears her turqoise and silver jewelry (she is from New Mexiceo) with pride.  Look at it as a celebration about all that is beautiful about Native American culture and get over yourselves.

Irish... IrishQuinn

People need to quit acting like babies! I am so fed up with all of these over sensitive people getting offended over every little thing! People should have to walk on eggshells! Crying over this would be like me crying on St.Patrick's Day (I'm Irish) about everyone wearing green dressing as leprechaun's and drinking like a fish!.... All stereotypes!!! People need to stfu already and get over themselves! I'm so over all of this "politically correct" B.S!!!

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Amen IrishQuinn.  I'm mostly Scotch/Irish and feel the same way.  I am also 1/4 German & could bemoan all the German stereotypes, the accent, references to Nazis, etc. but am too busy being a person FIRST to care.  There are several Indian Reservations close to where I live and most of them have better things to worry about, like running the casinos and taking the white man's money! Since I don't gamble, I think  it's funny as hell.

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