Gigi Hadid has apologised for a controversial Vogue Italia cover which many fans considered to portray the model sporting ‘blackface’.
She took to Twitter to explain to fans that the situation was out of her control and that she didn’t want to take work from anyone else.
The 23-year-old also remarked on how she would love to see the fashion industry become genuinely more diverse.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 3, 2018
Her tweet lays text over a photo of her leaving the shoot and states, “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.”
“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.
bts of my new vogueitalia cover story 📽⚡🔌🚧👑 by my angel lilmami_lani so proud pic.twitter.com/CgcKvFabtW
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 2, 2018
“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.”
She finished by trying to assure fans that she wanted to see the industry change, “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.”
Vogue Italia gave a comment to E! stating, “Throughout its history, Vogue Italia has always respected and even encouraged the viewpoint of commissioned photographers.”
“Needless to say, this is the case with the latest shoot by Steven Klein, a creative whose vision has had an impact in shaping the path of our publication. Fashion photography, and Vogue Italia’s in particular, is an interpretation of reality, not a literal representation of it, and this creative approach applies to the cover of the May issue.”