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Supermodel Karlie Kloss Apologizes After Yellowface Allegations for Vogue Shoot

In a spread titled “Spirited Away,” Kloss is styled wearing a glossy black wig and geisha-inspired makeup as well as a series of kimonos.
Image: Vogue magazine's March 2017 issue
The March 2017 issue of Vogue magazine.Vogue

Supermodel Karlie Kloss tweeted an apology early Wednesday after her latest photo shoot drew accusations of cultural appropriation on social media.

In a multi-page spread titled “Spirited Away” in Vogue's March 2017 issue, Kloss is styled wearing a glossy black wig and geisha-inspired makeup. Taken throughout Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park, the photo series features Kloss wearing a selection of kimonos, posing with a sumo wrestler, and walking to a Japanese tea house.

After numerous social media posts accused both Kloss and Vogue of “yellowface,” the magazine took the spread down from its website this week.

“These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive,” Kloss said in a statement posted to her Twitter account. “My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission.”

Vogue did not respond to an NBC News request for comment.

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