Gigi Hadid Apologises For Her Vogue Italia Cover Following 'Blackface' Controversy
"The concerns that have been brought up are valid."
Now Gigi has apologised after the picture, which was shot by Steven Klein, received a number of "black face" comments on social media.
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The snap itself features Gigi sitting on fellow model Justin Martin's lap in a Dolce & Gabanna crown, and by the sounds of it she had no control over the image after the posing was done.
Gigi took to Instagram stories to clarify this while acknowledging issues regarding diversity in the fashion industry.
Sharing a paparazzi shot taken on her way back from the shoot, Gigi wrote: "This is a photo of me returning home from my Vogue shooting on April 3... you can see the level I have 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 is out of my control fully," she added.
She continued: "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.I want to address this for those who were offended by the editing/retouching/coloring of the cover. Please know things would have been different if my control of the situation was different."
"Regardless, I want to apologise because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from someone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future.
"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."
After an image of the May cover was posted on Instagram, it didn’t take long for fans to spot that the editing of the shot had resulted in some variation of the model’s natural skin tone.
"Unrecognizable.. curious w/ the whole story," one fan responded, as another said that the final shot makes Gigi look like a “completely” different race: "Is she suppose to look “ethnic” cause no... lmao," they wrote.
Someone else added: "This is disgusting. Why have her in blackface when you could hire a darker skinned model?"
While Gigi has issued a lengthy apology, Vogue Italia is yet to respond to the controversy. Make sure you're following @MTVUK on Twitter to stay up to date with this story.