Victoria's Secret has apologized for the warbonnet-and-bikini outfit it gave Karlie Kloss to wear during its lingerie fashion show. The company will not feature the look in the televised broadcast:
We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. 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.
Kloss also Tweeted an apology and said that she supported Victoria's Secret's decision. It's not the first time in recent memory that the company has come under fire for racial insensitivity — it had to pull an "Asian"-themed collection that traded in sexualized ethnic stereotypes (including the infamous "Sexy Little Geisha" outfit) from stores after bloggers and the Wall Street Journal's Jeff Yang criticized the concept of the collection. [Fashionista]