Victoria's Secret: Sorry About the Headdress
Karlie Kloss' outfit offended many
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2012 9:32 AM CST
This Nov. 7, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows model Karlie Kloss wearing an Indian headdress during the rehearsal for The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York.   (Kristina Bumphrey)

(Newser) – Victoria's Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history. The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn't include the outfit in the show's television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials.

Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss walked onto the runway last week wearing the floor-length feathered headdress, leopard-print underwear, and high heels. She also was adorned with fringes and turquoise jewelry during a segment meant to represent the 12 months of the year—fireworks in July, rain gear for April, and a headdress for November. Kloss herself posted on Twitter that she was "deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone." Thousands of people have dropped their two cents on the outfit on the company's Facebook page.

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Nov 13, 2012 9:14 PM CST
I wonder why PETA didn't complain about all the bird feathers that went into that headdress.
Nov 13, 2012 12:54 PM CST
There seems to be an awful lot of Native American Indians on this site today....:-)
Nov 13, 2012 12:38 PM CST
Yes, some Native Americans aren't offended. Some of them are. The ones that are, are not being ridiculous. I don't see why it's so hard to understand. Several nations of people were the victims of genocide, and now the culture that committed the genocide in the past is appropriating icons from some of those nations for commercial benefit in the present. You don't have to be offended, but don't claim that someone is wrong for feeling that way. People who are offended about insensitivity toward the Holocaust or 9/11 are rarely told they're wrong.