November 12, 2012

Victoria’s Secret apologizes for war bonnet on lingerie model

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This Nov. 7, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows model Karlie Kloss wearing an Indian headdress during the taping of The 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. Victoria Secret has apologized for putting a replica of a Native American headdress on a model for its annual fashion show. The company responded to criticism over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and would not include the outfit in the show’s television broadcast next month. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Victoria’s Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a lingerie model for its annual fashion show.

The company responded to criticism 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.

Thousands of people commented on the company’s Facebook page after the apology was issued. Some saw the floor-length headdress worn by model Karlie Kloss as art, while others say it displayed ignorance toward Native American cultures and history.

Feather headdresses, or war bonnets, are a symbol of bravery and are worn by Native American leaders in some tribes, including chiefs. Women don’t wear war bonnets.

Kloss has tweeted her own apology.

Paul Frank Industries Inc. and the band “No Doubt” have run into similar criticism and apologized this year for their use of headdresses.

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