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Model Karlie Kloss sorry for a culturally insensitive spread

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/16/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - This Dec. 5, 2016 file photo Model Karlie Kloss poses for photographers at the Fashion Awards in London. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Dec. 5, 2016 file photo Model Karlie Kloss poses for photographers at the Fashion Awards in London. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — White model Karlie Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue's diversity issue styled as a geisha, calling it culturally insensitive.

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2016 file photo shows Karlie Kloss at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 20, 2016 file photo shows Karlie Kloss at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Kloss, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is "paying homage to geisha culture."

FILE - This Oct. 1, 2016 file photo shows Karlie Kloss wearing a creation for Mugler's Spring-Summer 2017 Ready to Wear fashion collection in Paris. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Oct. 1, 2016 file photo shows Karlie Kloss wearing a creation for Mugler's Spring-Summer 2017 Ready to Wear fashion collection in Paris. Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue’s diversity issue styled as a geisha. The model, who has Danish and German roots, was photographed by Mikael Jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. In its introduction, Vogue writes that the spread is “paying homage to geisha culture.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Kloss took to Twitter on Wednesday to apologize for "participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive. My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission."

Vogue, published by Conde Nast, did not respond to requests for comment. The magazine's March issue already has generated some social media backlash. Intended to celebrate women's diversity, the cover features seven models of different ethnic backgrounds, but some say it isn't as inclusive as it could be.

This isn't the first time Kloss has had to apologize for cultural appropriation. In 2012 she was "deeply sorry" after wearing a Native American feather headdress, suede vest, skirt, and turquoise jewelry at a Victoria Secret fashion show. The outfit was later removed from subsequent broadcasts.

The issue of "whitewashing," in which Caucasians are chosen for roles that actors of other ethnicities ideally would play, has taken on new urgency in the wake of Matt Damon's film "The Great Wall."

Damon plays an English mercenary in the upcoming $150 million adventure fantasy. But the movie's trailer sparked criticism in the U.S. that a white man had been chosen to play the lead in a film set in China meant to showcase Chinese culture.

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