Gigi Hadid Apologizes Following Vogue Italia Blackface Controversy
Gigi Hadid said she was “excited, honored, and grateful” to be on the cover of the June 2018 issue of Vogue Italia, but that excitement quickly turned to serious drama. The 23-year-old model was accused of wearing blackface for the shoot, as her normally pale skin appeared much darker on the front of the magazine.
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The blonde fired back at the criticism, showing a paparazzi picture of herself leaving the photoshoot back in early April with her normal skin tone.
“You can see the level I had been bronzed to on set that day,” she wrote on social media.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 3, 2018
She then went on to explain that she has no control over how a photo is edited or retouched after she leaves a shoot, but understands where everyone’s concern is coming from and apologizes for the outcome.
She continued, “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. […] 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,” the model added. “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 these concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else.”