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Victoria's Secret apologises for Native American headdress offence

Published 14/11/2012 | 04:11

Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City
Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using a digital filter) 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: NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 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: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using Instagram) Victoria's Secret Angel 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 Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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: 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: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using a digital filter) 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Jessica Hart attends the after party for the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lavo NYC on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (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)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria's Secret Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge prepare backstage at 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: Adriana Lima walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Samsung Galaxy)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Singer Rihanna during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Adriana Lima walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Cameron Russell walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Jasmine Tookes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Magdalena Frackowiak walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Magdalena Frackowiak walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Joan Smalls walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Toni Garrn walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria Secret Angel Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Models walk the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Hilary Rhoda walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Sui He walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Models walk the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Hilary Rhoda walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Lily Donaldson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Lily Donaldson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Ieva Laguna walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Barbara Palvin walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Lily Donaldson walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Barbara Fialho walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Doutzen Kroes walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Behati Prinsloo walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Izabel Goulart walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Hilary Rhoda walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Models walk the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Sharam Diniz walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS)
A model walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. The show will be broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 4 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Brazilian Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. The show will be broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 4 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Models, from left, Izabel Goulart, Lindsay Ellingson, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway during the finale of the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 in New York. The show will be Broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 4 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using a digital filter) 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. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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.”

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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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