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Vogue Editor Deletes Offensive Instagram of Homeless Person

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Vogue's style editor-at-large, Elisabeth von Thurd und Taxis, Instagrammed a photo of a homeless person reading the magazine in Paris over the weekend along with a caption that read: "Paris is full of surprises... and @voguemagazine readers even in unexpected corners!" Immediately, the post drew a firestorm of criticism. According to Fashionista, the editor at first defended her post in the comments, writing "Why cruel? This person to me is as dignified as anyone else!"

Von Thurd und Taxis ended up deleting the post, but not before Fashionista caught a screenshot of it. The editor posted an apologetic Instagram the day after, which reads: "I wanted to extend my sincerest apologies for the offense my post has caused. Yours truly Elisabeth." Vogue has yet to make a statement on the situation.

Update: The Daily Mail has spoken with the homeless woman that von Thurd und Taxis photographed. Her name is Maryse Dumas and she told the Daily Mail that she had no knowledge that the photograph was being taken. "It's not nice taking pictures of people living on the street, that's not polite," Dumas said. "It's no joke being destitute, living on the street." Dumas told the Daily Mail that von Thurd und Taxis hasn't apologized to her for the photo yet.