Gigi Hadid Apologizes for Wearing ‘Blackface’ on ‘Vogue’ Cover
Gigi Hadid found herself in hot water after sharing her cover for the May 2018 issue of Vogue Italia on Thursday (May 3), which showed the supermodel in heavy bronze makeup. After many claimed that the model was wearing offensive "blackface," Hadid removed the cover from her social media and shared an apology on Twitter.
"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 it out of my control fully," she wrote.
"Although I understand what Vogue Italia's intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid ... My intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future," Hadid continued, adding that she's aware of the "real issues regarding representation" that affect the fashion industry.
See her complete statement, below:
"In our latest cover shoot by Steven Klein, the vision was to create a beachwear-themed story with a stylized bronzing effect. We understand that the result has caused some debate with our readers, and we sincerely apologize if we have caused any offence," Vogue Italia, via its publisher Conde Nast, told TMZ in a statement.
Hadid faced similar criticism back in 2015 while wearing an afro wig and dark makeup for another controversial Vogue Italia cover story.
See Hadid's 2018 Vogue Italia cover, below: