Victoria's Secret sorry for headdress faux pas
November 13th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Victoria's Secret sorry for headdress faux pas

By HLNtv.com Staff

(HLN) - Victoria's Secret has apologized for its use of a Native American headdress during its annual fashion show after the company was roundly criticized for the outfit's poor taste and willful cultural ignorance.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss strutted down the runway for the 17th annual fashion show, wearing a skimpy cheetah-print bikini with an enormous feathered Native American-style headdress and turquoise jewelry. The fashion show was taped in New York on November 8.

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Critics immediately seized on the footage of the show, citing the company's lack of cultural sensitivity and ignorance of tribal customs and traditions.

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  1. Jess

    I would like to see someone wear a crown of thorns and a cross on their back "cause it looks cool" as a prop and see how many people would be outraged.

    The headress is something that is earned in our culture. Each element is sacred and has a meaning. So yes, it is offensive when it is used as a prop.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DoWah

    Hmm, me no think that offensive. Me think PC doofuses offensive. Get um up in arms about nothing.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. basherlaughey

    There will always be an offended party no matter what the situation. The world today is going to hell.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • FLowell

      You offend people in Hell with that comparison.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edgar

    This PC crap is going way to far. I am personally tired of everything changing until the very essence of the thing we are changing is no longer there. It has been twisted so much until you cant even recognize it any longer. All because of weak minded people that are afraid of getting their feelings hurt. I mean seriously, they have taken the Christ out of Christmas, AND I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN and I find that offensive. Thanksgiving is just the big meal before we go shopping and donate to our corporate overlords. No need to be thankful for what you have when you can just go get more crap you don’t need to shove in the faces of those that don’t have. A bunch of hypocrites that want their cake and want to eat it too if you ask me. If the republicans were not so crazy I would vote conservative down the line just to stop all this cap being shoved down my throat all the time.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Billyboy


      December 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cordi

    I am a native american and victoria secret if you want a natvie girl then go get one. stop trying to be someone your not. Do your research before you make a fool out of yourself.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Billyboy

      Really, you think that is what they wanted? They thought it looked cool, and I think she is hot too. Quit reading more into something than what it really is just so you have something to complain about.

      December 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. don

    Its a shame when you cant even wear an Indian head dress without someone crying about something. People, we cant go through life with no one ever getting their feelings hurt. People are different, we are not all cut from the same mold and therefore we all lack in one way or another. If we make everyone feel good all the time about everything we bring our society down to the level of our lowest members. Because we will start the judgment from that point and act as if its ok to be substandard. Although, I really like how the media chooses what they like and dislike and what the standards should be. Not hypocritical at all when you think about it.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • only1danielled

      There is a reason WE as a native community are offended... the headdress is not a toy... it is a scared thing to us... and to address making everyone feel good would bring society down...... MY people live in shacks and some have no heat or running water.... not because they want to.... because they was made to.... learn the history of native people not what you think you know or you have learned in school its BS..... go read a book.

      December 3, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Billyboy

        This should not offend you when the person is not native and were using it as a prop.

        December 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Seriously

        Explain exactly how they was [sic] made to live in shacks? It's time to better your lot through action, not sitting around making tired excuses.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jorge

    I got news for Victoria's Secret, you can dress up your dumpy, frumpy, frustrated suburban cougars up as Native Americans, Bantu tribeswomen, or Polynesian princesses, but no amount of cultural plagiarism will fix that kind of situation beyond pathetic. Years of bad diet, no exercise and destructive American gender culture can't be fixed with a Halloween costume.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |