Gigi Hadid Slammed for Blackface on Latest Cover of Vogue Italia
Gigi Hadid says she’s “excited, honored, and grateful to cover @VogueItalia’s May Issue,” but the public has a much different opinion on the picture the magazine used. The 23-year-old model, who is known for having blonde hair and a rather fair complexion, is currently facing hardcore backlash and accusations of blackface because she appears to have a much darker skin tone on the cover.
Sneak Peek at our May Issue ⚡️ on Newsstands Friday May 4th! ⚡️ A story for #HighVoltage ?⚡️ power women ⚡️ @gigihadid in @dolcegabbana photographed by @stevenkleinstudio styled by @patti_wilson Full Credits ? Justin Martin @justin.e.martin @ Next Models NY #GigiHadid @ Img Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Hair by Ward @ward_hair @ The Wall Group Make-up Fulvia Farolfi @fulviafarolfi Manicurist Honey @honeynailz at Exposure NY casting Piergiorgio Del Moro @pg_dmcasting and Samuel Ellis Scheinman @samuel_ellis Production LOLA Production @lolaproduction Set Design Andrea Stanley @andrea_stanley_ @ Streeter's #dolce&gabbana #stevenklein #pattiwilson
are you going to apologize for being in blackface?
— efay (@fallback__) May 2, 2018
— Claire Woods (@ClaireWoods22) May 3, 2018
Not sure what @voguemagazine was thinking? Photoshopped @GiGiHadid to the point where she no longer looks like herself and can totally see why people are calling it blackface. What are ya'll doing?? pic.twitter.com/UctM5xJxsN
— Kaila Karns (@Kaila_Karns) May 3, 2018
Had to go ahead and unfollow @GiGiHadid because she’s out here walking the fine line between spray tan and blackface and it’s just not for me ….
— Esi (@MirParadiseLost) May 2, 2018
Others, however, acknowledge that she has a different skin color in the magazine, but attribute it to something much more innocent — a spray tan.
There's a difference between tan and blackface. Y'all gotta chill and calm yo oversensitive ass down.
— PLEASE RT PINNED (@Sextingharold) May 3, 2018
so y’all hate gigi for having a spray tan for a magazine but stay silent when bella says the n word… ok
— ? (@zaddyzaynzamn) May 3, 2018
it’s a…spray tan
— ? (@zaddyzaynzamn) May 2, 2018
This isn’t the first time a Vogue Italia photoshoot has gotten Gigi in trouble. Back in November 2015, the blonde donned several different afros for the mag, which caused people to call her out for racism and cultural appropriation. Less than two years later, U.S. Vogue had to issue an apology after writing a “gender fluid” cover story about the model and then-boyfriend Zayn Malik.
Covering Vogue is an honor, but this is just not okay.