12:48 PM — Gigi has responded to the backlash with a lengthy post on her Instagram story. “Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is non existent 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,” the model wrote. Hadid noted the bronzed style is one S. Klein has “done for many years,” adding “Although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intensions were, it was not executed correctly and the concerns that have been brought up are valid … Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different.”
Gigi Hadid is under fire following the release of her Vogue Italy cover after fans accused the heavily-bronzed model and the magazine of doing blackface. The issue has caused an uproar on social media, with many questioning the company’s diversity policies and using women of color.
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The image, taken by fashion photographer Steven Klein, features Hadid in an “Alice in Wonderland” themed Dolce and Gabanna jumpsuit and wearing a crown for the Queen of Hearts.
This isn’t the first time Gigi’s been accused of engaging in blackface for Vogue Italy shoots. In 2015, people accused the magazine of over-bronzing the model and were up in arms that they put her in an afro wig.
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Unfortunately this isn’t the only controversy Gigi’s been involved in this week. She was also attacked by protestors for wearing fur during an event with Tommy Hilfiger over the weekend. Her sister, Bella, is having a much better week.
The Blast reached out to Vogue Italy for comment.