Vogue Italia fashion magazine recently unveiled their cover photo featuring supermodel Gigi Hadid. The magazine and Gigi faced a backlash from the fans for the intentionally darkened face and hair. The netizens have accussed the magazine of photoshopping her features.
Gigi Hadid, however, issued a statement on her Instagram story and apologised for the picture.The 23-year-old model shared her old picture just after the Vogue cover shoot and mentioned at what level she had been bronzed. Gigi wrote, “The bronzing and photoshop is a style that S Klein has done for many years and I believe what was expected from the shoot (to show me in a different way creatively).”
The American model further stated that she has no control over the photoshoot and post-production, saying: “But, although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid.”
She went on to apologise for the cover and said, “Regardless, I want to apologise because my intention is never to diminish those concerns or take opportunities away from anyone else, and I hope this can be an example to other magazines and teams in the future.”
Here is Gigi’s full statement.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 3, 2018
As soon as the cover was released, fans took to the comments and bashed the fashion magazine, they even suggested hiring a ‘black model’.
However, this is not the first time such questions have arisen. In 2015, Gigi had to go through the same problem after she featured on Vogue cover with an Afro and dark skin. It seems Vogue needs to take a hint and address the issue.