Gigi Hadid’s Controversial Vogue Italia Cover Is Being Slammed For ‘Blackface’

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Gigi Hadid’s latest magazine cover is stirring up the internet.

Fans have accused Hadid for channelling a “blackface” on the cover of Vogue Italia. Shot by photographer Steven Klein, Hadid was “unrecognizable” as she was heavily bronzed while sitting on the arms of a male model.

Hadid took to Instagram to show her fans the latest shoot, with the caption, “Excited and honored, and grateful to cover @VogueItalia’s May issue” but her fans were quick to point out that she “looks like a completely different person.” One user commented, “You don’t even look like yourself.”

Another user said, “Girl, what did they do to your face?”

Hadid has removed her post on Instagram and has apologized for the controversial cover. She shared a photo of herself after the Vogue shoot, and said “This is a photo of me returning home from my Vogue shooting on April 3, you can see the level I have been bronzed to on set that day.”

“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 bronzing and photoshop is a style that S.Klein has done for many years and I believe was what was expected from the shoot (to show me in a different way creatively). I want to address this for those who were offended by the editing/retouching/coloring of the cover. Please know things would have been different if my control of the situation was different,” she continued.

A spokesperson from Conde Nast International has also voiced out about the issue of the cover, indicating that Vogue cover was supposed to channel a beachwear-themed story, thus the stylised bronzing effect. The magazine has also apologized.

Gigi Hadid for Vogue Italia! #HighVoltage #SHOTBYKLEIN @vogueitalia @gigihadid @patti_wilson @gb65

A post shared by Steven Klein (@stevenkleinstudio) on May 2, 2018 at 4:40pm PDT

#GigiHadid posted a statement in reaction to a ton of backlash she and #VogueItalia received after she was bronzed on the magazine's May 2018 cover, saying she had no creative control of the shoot … including whatever happened to the photo later in editing. #ibwotamasimbi #entertainment #blog #abroad #movies #tv #realitytv #star #fashion #supermodel #vsangel #hadidsisters #vogue #mayissue #covergirl #fashionindustry #race #controversy #stevenklein #celebs #photography #popculture #insta #blogger

A post shared by iBwotamasimbi (@ibwotamasimbi) on May 4, 2018 at 12:40am PDT

[via US Magazine, opening image via Stevenkleinstudio]

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