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While the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has not aired yet, photos have been circulating around the Internet since the show took place last week. One photo showed model Karlie Kloss wearing a Native American headdress, which raised some eyebrows. The lingerie brand has since apologized for the offensive outfit and said that it will not be shown during CBS’ broadcast of the show.
On Saturday, Victoria’s Secret posted an apology on its Facebook page that read, “We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals.”
It continued, “We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.”
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
This comes just days after the band No Doubt was forced to remove its “Looking Hot” video, which offended some for its portrayal of Native Americans. Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal were dressed as Native Americans being kidnapped by Adrian Young and Tom Dumont, who were dressed as cowboys.
Victoria’s Secret has also been accused of being racially insensitive in the past. Back in September, it pulled the “Little Geisha” outfit after several sites said that it only reinforced Asian stereotypes.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS on Dec. 4.