Karlie Kloss wears controversial Native American headdress at Victoria's Secret fashion show

Karlie Kloss wears controversial Native American headdress at Victoria's Secret fashion show

It’s that time of the year again!

Yesterday Victoria’s Secret’s super-human all round genetic lottery winning models walked the runway in New York for the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show – the event set to hit our airwaves on December 4th.

Somewhere amongst the Swarovski-encrusted, feather-adorned and glitter-gilded costumes were the lingerie empire’s familiar faces, alongside, most controversially, Karlie Kloss, who caused a stir not because of the event’s famous amphetamines-and-fasting lead-up diet regime, but because of her culturally insensitive ‘Native American’ get up.

The 20-year-old supermodel and Vogue cover girl appeared in the parade donned in ample turquoise accessories, fringed heels and a two-piece leopard print ensemble, augmented with a hackneyed feather headdress; predictably igniting a slew of criticism off the back of this week’s similar No Doubt controversy, and also because the costume is just generally offensive.

Like old mate Kloss, Gwen Stefani sported some serious ‘Native’ headgear in a No Doubt’s comeback ‘Looking Hot’ video clip earlier this week, and the band proceeded to apologise, removing the clip amid objections from the Native American community who dubbed the video ‘racist’, “Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.”

Late last year, hipster retail giant Urban Outfitters found themselves in a similarly sticky situation as they brought out a range of “Navajo” items such as plastic dream catchers, flasks, artificial feather jewellery, and clothing with faux tribal patterns that played on cultural stereotypes.

At time of publication, Victoria’s Secret have not addressed the litigious garb, but they did put on a parade full of some next-level absurdities – including everything from a lucky charm to a sultan prom-queen ice-skating pixie – so I guess they’re a bit too busy. Otherwise, all the weirdest outfits from yesterday’s display are available for contemplation in the gallery above. 

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UPDATE: Since publication, Victoria's Secret have apologized and will not air Kloss' costume in the TV special. 

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    Thursday 15 Nov 2012 - 11:44 PM
    Ugh add Lana del Rey's "Ride" video to the list. There have been like five instances of this offensive bullshit in the past year, so I'd super lover to see a moratorium on pleading ignorance. It's pretty simple really, before putting on a feathered war bonnet just ask yourself, "Am I a Native American male from the Great Plains who is about to go into battle or take part in a sacred ceremony?" If your answer is "no", please just dress up as a cowgirl instead.
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