In a recent Instagram story, Gigi Hadid's Vogue Italia cover has a clear backlash on noticeably darker skin, she talks
In an Instagram story, she shared a photo of herself taking the photo shoot (below) covering her face with the paparazzi. In her caption, she pointed out how tanned she was and explained how her involvement with the set worked. "Please understand that my control over a shoot is non-existent in the creative direction." 2. When I leave the set completely, everything I've taken with a photo is completely out of control. "
She went on to explain that a shadowed look is often the style used by photographer Steven Klein in his editorials. "The Bronzing and Photoshop is a style that S.Klein has been doing for many years and I believe what was expected of the shoot (to show it to me in a different way) BUT, though I understand what Vogue Italia were intentional, it was not properly executed, and the concerns that were raised are valid. "
She continued her heartfelt message and spoke directly to the offended and apologized for any misunderstanding : "I would like to address this for those who have been insulted by the editing / retouching / coloring of the cover, please know that things would have been different if my situation had been different, but I apologize because I never intend to To dispel these concerns or avoid other opportunities, and I hope that this can be an example for other magazines and teams in the future, there are real issues in terms of representation in fashion – it is our responsibility to acknowledge and communicate these issues in order to work towards a more diverse industry.
People Responded with Counter-Reactions to Social Media and Commented Vogue Italia Instagram photo from the cover script: "Her nose, her jaw, and her facial structure have been edited so that I could not even say that it was Gigi. Do not book a model just to completely change the way they look. Disgusting.
Other users wrote, "This does not even look like her," and the photo was "horrible and just disgusting."
And some even went so far as to call the star for the blatant "blackface."
"Here we go with white models trying to be black," a Twitter user wrote with another answer "Do you even know which Blackface is? "19659011] But there were some who were less offended. "People need to relax, my God, we can stop complaining about everything."
This is not the first time that Hadid – or her work with Vogue Italia – has come under fire , Back in 2015, the magazine showed Hadid on the cover with much darker skin than she poses in various colorful afros. And, like this present situation, it too was a considerable backlash.
She was also criticized after she landed the cover of the very first issue of Vogue Arabia. Hadid is partly Palestinian, but people were dissatisfied with the shoot and called for appropriation.
And as she faced on the cover of American Vogue alongside her boyfriend Zayn Malik in "gender-fluid" fashion editorial, Hadid, Malik and the magazine backlashed for the use of a heterosexual cisgender celebrity couple, to represent the issue of gender-fluidity, responding to a Vogue rep and apologizing for the controversy.
"The story should emphasize the impact of gender-based, non-binary communities on fashion and culture, and we are very sorry that history did not properly reflect that spirit – we missed the target." We look forward to hearing the conversation to continue with greater sensitivity, "said a representative of Vogue.