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Friday 19 December 2014

Victoria's Secret apologises for offence caused by using Native American headdress

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
(L-R) Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton walk the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Magdalena Frackowiak walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Magdalena Frackowiak walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jasmine Tookes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria Secret Angel Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Cameron Russell walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Toni Garrn walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secrert Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Madgalena Frackowiak walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Isabeli Fontana walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Bregje Heien walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Hilary Rhoda walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Hilary Rhoda walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Cameron Russell walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Barbara Fialho walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Barbara Palvin walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secrert Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Toni Garrn walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Liu Wen walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jessica Hart walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jessica Hart walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jourdan Dunn walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Shu Pei Qin walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Ben Jorgensen and Katrina Bowden attend the after party for the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lavo NYC on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Izabel Goulart and Jessica Hart attend the after party for the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lavo NYC on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Singer Rihanna during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Singer Justin Bieber performs during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Singer Bruno Mars during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Sharam Diniz walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Singer Justin Bieber and model Jessica Hart onstage during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes and singer Rihanna onstage during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Lily Donaldson and singer Rihanna onstage during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Actress Katrina Bowden attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Cameron Russell attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Doutzen Kroes attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Russell Simmons attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Constance Jablonski attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jasmine Tookes attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jacquelyn Jablonski attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Actress Katrina Bowden attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret designer Todd Thomas attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Hilary Rhoda attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Dorothea Barth Jorgensen attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Photographer Nigel Barker attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Barbara Palvin attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Jourdan Dunn attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Lily Aldridge attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Alessandra Ambrosio attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Adriana Lima attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Cara Delevingne attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Karlie Kloss attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Izabel Goulart attends Samsung Galaxy features arrivals at the official Victoria's Secret fashion show after party on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Adriana Lima walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Model Joan Smalls walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City.

Victoria’s Secret has apologised after one of its scantily clad models wore a Native American headdress during its annual fashion show.

The lingerie company was widely criticised for displaying ignorance towards tribal culture and history when model Karlie Kloss walked onto the runway wearing the floor-length feathered headdress alongside leopard print underwear and high heels.

The company responded by saying it was sorry for causing upset, adding it would not be including the outfit in the show's television broadcast or in any marketing materials.

Kloss herself posted on Twitter that she was “deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone.”

Historically, headdresses are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors.

For Great Plains tribes, for instance, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery.

Navajo Nation spokesman Erny Zah said: “We have gone through the atrocities to survive and ensure our way of life continues… Any mockery, whether it's Halloween, Victoria's Secret - they are spitting on us. They are spitting on our culture, and it's upsetting.“

Thousands of people have commented about the outfit on the company's Facebook page. Some praised Kloss' attire as artistic and urged those offended by it to “get over it.” Others were clearly angry at the insensitivity.

There has been a string of similar incidents recently, with Paul Frank Industries and the band No Doubt running into criticism earlier this year for their use of headdresses in clothing and parties, and in a cowboys-and-Indians-themed video, respectively. Both offered apologies for causing offence.

Last year, Urban Outfitters set off a firestorm of criticism with its line of Navajo-branded clothing and accessories - particularly underwear and a liquor flask, which the tribe said was “derogatory and scandalous”.

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