Gigi Hadid apologises for 'blackface' Vogue Italia cover

Gigi Hadid has apologised for a Vogue Italia magazine cover in which she appears with a bronzed face.

The 23-year-old model tweeted on Thursday (May 3) to express that although she understood what Vogue‘s intentions were with the image, it was not executed properly.

The message from Hadid read: “The bronzing and photoshop is a style that S.Klein has done for many years and I believe what was expected from the shoot (to show me in a different way creatively).

“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.”

Hadid shared an image of the cover on Instagram on Wednesday and expressed how excited she was to be on it.

Sneak Peek at our May Issue ⚡️ on Newsstands Friday May 4th! ⚡️ A story for #HighVoltage 🔌⚡️ power women ⚡️ @gigihadid in @dolcegabbana photographed by @stevenkleinstudio styled by @patti_wilson Full Credits 💡 Justin Martin @justin.e.martin @ Next Models NY #GigiHadid @ Img Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Hair by Ward @ward_hair @ The Wall Group Make-up Fulvia Farolfi @fulviafarolfi Manicurist Honey @honeynailz at Exposure NY casting Piergiorgio Del Moro @pg_dmcasting and Samuel Ellis Scheinman @samuel_ellis Production LOLA Production @lolaproduction Set Design Andrea Stanley @andrea_stanley_ @ Streeter’s #dolce&gabbana #stevenklein #pattiwilson

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But some of her nearly-40 million followers were quick to criticise the photo, accusing it of being ‘blackface’, rather than tanning.

“Who the hell is this doing blackface? Complete disregard for appropriateness. Unacceptable,” wrote one fan.

Another added: “How about instead of trying to be a color you’re not, hire someone who is naturally that color! I totally understand tanning but this isn’t tanning this is blackface!”

The magazine also issued an apology to its readers.

“In our latest cover shoot by Steven Klein, the vision was to create a beachwear-themed story with a stylized bronzing effect,” a spokesperson for Vogue publisher Conde Nast International said.

“We understand that the result has caused some debate with our readers, and we sincerely apologize if we have caused any offense.”

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