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The Victoria's Secret runway show doesn't air until December 4, but one image from the show won't make the final cut: Karlie Kloss draped in a feathered headdress and turquoise. It apparently struck a sour chord with the US's indigenous communities.
That's hardly a surprise, considering that this kind of thing has been done before and—spoiler alert—it rarely goes well. Let us count the most recent ways: (1) Last year's Urban Outfitters Navajo Hipster panties controversy (2) Last month's Gap "Manifest Destiny" fiasco (3) The Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Geisha kerfuffle from two months ago and, finally, (4) that time America's Top Model made Native American Mariah Watchman dress like Pocahontas for a photoshoot.
Victoria's Secret apologized for their misstep via Twitter and announced Karlie's offending segment would not make it to the broadcast:
We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show hasupset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast.— Victoria's Secret (@VictoriasSecret) November 10, 2012
Comments on the tweet are fairly split between the "stop being so sensitive" argument and "but really, Victoria's Secret, are you serious?"
For the record, Karlie has also made her apology:
I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone. I support VS's decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast.— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) November 11, 2012