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Gigi Hadid faces ‘black face’ photo storm over Vogue Italia cover

Gigi Hadid faces ‘black face’ photo storm over Vogue Italia cover
04 May
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GIGI Hadid has apologised for her latest Vogue Italia cover, which has been slammed for using a “black face” image of her.

The image, taken by star photographer Steven Klein, shows a deeply tanned Hadid in the arms of male model Justin Martin.

A sultry-looking Hadid is wearing a striking sequinned jumpsuit by Dolce and Gabbana that appears to show Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts.

Hadid, 23, took to Twitter to address the controversy, releasing a photo taken of her on the same day as the cover was shot.

“This is a photo of me returning home from shooting my Italian Vogue cover on April 3rd…you can see the level I had 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 if out of my control fully,” she explained in defense of herself. “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), BUT, although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid.”

Gigi Hadid and her on-again off-again boyfriend, Zayn Malik.
Camera IconGigi Hadid and her on-again off-again boyfriend, Zayn Malik.Picture: Getty Images, Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com

She continued, “I want to address this for those who were offended by the editing/retouching/coloring of the cover. Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different. Regardless, I want to apologize because 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 concluded: “There are real issues regarding representation in fashion—it’s our responsibility to acknowledge those issues and communicate through them to work towards a more diverse industry.”

It comes after fans of the style icon took to Instagram yesterday, complaining that Hadid looked unrecognisable and accusing the magazine of digitally altering her normally pale skin tone.

“Looks nothing like her, looks like she overdid it on the tan,” said one commenter.

Gigi Hadid, who has naturally fair skin, has again been criticised for a Vogue fashion shoot.
Camera IconGigi Hadid, who has naturally fair skin, has again been criticised for a Vogue fashion shoot.Picture: Getty Images

One sardonic Instagram user said: “Why hire a black model when we can paint Gigi’s complete body and face to look like one …”

Another Hadid fan was more blunt: “I love you but wtf is this mess”.

It’s not the first time Vogue Italia and Hadid have been accused of using “black face” on a magazine cover.

The model attracted criticism after she was photographed for the magazine by fashion legend Steven Meisel in November 2015.

The cover shoot — dubbed “The power of personality” — showed Hadid sporting a noticeably darker skin tone while wearing various Afro-style wigs.

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