GIGI Hadid has apologised for her latest Vogue Italia cover, which has been slammed for using a â€śblack faceâ€ť 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 Wonderlandâ€™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.
â€śThis is a photo of me returning home from shooting my Italian Vogue cover on April 3rdâ€¦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,â€ť she explained in defense of herself. â€śThe 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 Italiaâ€™s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid.â€ť
She continued, â€śI 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.â€ť
Hadid concluded: â€śThere are real issues regarding representation in fashionâ€”itâ€™s our responsibility to acknowledge those issues and communicate through them to work towards a more diverse industry.â€ť
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.
â€śLooks nothing like her, looks like she overdid it on the tan,â€ť said one commenter.
One sardonic Instagram user said: â€śWhy hire a black model when we can paint Gigiâ€™s complete body and face to look like one …â€ť
Another Hadid fan was more blunt: â€śI love you but wtf is this messâ€ť.
Itâ€™s not the first time Vogue Italia and Hadid have been accused of using â€śblack faceâ€ť 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 â€” dubbed â€śThe power of personalityâ€ť â€” showed Hadid sporting a noticeably darker skin tone while wearing various Afro-style wigs.