Fresh off from mistaking a TLC song for a Destiny’s Child song, Karlie Kloss has fucked up again and managed to outdo herself. Karlie went all Shirley MacLaine in My Geisha for a spread in American Vogue.
Since “Diversity Issues” are so now, Vogue’s March issue is their “Diversity Issue,” and inside is a spread titled “Spirited Away” that was shot in Japan by photographer Mikael Jansson and stars a sumo wrestler and Karlie Kloss as a geisha. Did Anna Wintour sit this issue out and let the editors of The Onion take over?
People have a lot of thoughts about this and I’ve read some comments saying, “This is not culture appropriation! This is fashion! This is an homage!” Okay, but there’s nothing arty about the pics. It’s just Karlie Kloss wearing a geisha wig and a geisha makeup in Japan. I’m surprised there’s not a picture of Karlie demurely giggling while pouring sake for a white businessman. That’s probably one of the outtakes.
Karlie for Vogue US – March 2017 pic.twitter.com/Pbo9rssT8p
— bestkkpics (@bestkkpics) February 14, 2017
I’m sure that a demonic Hollywood executive looked at those pictures of Karlie, and thought that they have finally found their June Woo who will join Emma Stone (as Lena), Scarlett Johansson (as Waverly), Gigi Hadid (as Rose) and Tilda Swinton (as Auntie Lindo) in the remake of Joy Luck Club.
— Rachel Currence (@rachel_currence) February 15, 2017
The site Angry Asian Man has more pictures from this mess of a spread and also has words to say about the spread. HuffPo asked Mire Koikari, a professor of women’s studies and affiliate of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii, for her thoughts about the spread, and she says that judging by the pictures and pictures alone, it’s wrong.
“It strikes me as an example of ‘Asian face’ or ‘Yellow Face,’ a problematic practice long existent in the history of racism in the U.S., where white men and women alter their facial features to ‘pass’ as ‘Orientals.’ The images also recirculate the overly sexualized understandings of ‘Asian women.'”
Karlie Kloss is a big model and her career would probably be fine if she pushed that geisha wig away while saying, “I’m not going down that road again.” But she did it and now she’s apologizing.
Karlie could’ve just said that she spoke to her Japanese friend, Emma Stone, who said that the shoot is not offensive at all! Or she could’ve posted her Ancestry.com DNA results that show she’s 0.00000000001% East Asian. But Karlie straight-up apologized.
— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) February 15, 2017
I haven’t seen the other spreads from Vogue’s Diversity Issue, but if they’re anything like Karlie’s, then the publicists of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid better prepare to fart up an apology for their blackface spread.
Meanwhile, Anna Wintour’s powers of evil have doubled. All of the outrage and bad PR have done nothing but strengthen her. Blehehehehehehe!