& why u should be too
  1. Vogue's March "diversity themed" issue features a six photo spread of Karlie Kloss dressed as a geisha.
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  11. Karlie Kloss is an American model of German/Danish descent. Basically white, not Asian.
  12. The spread photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick was shot in and around Japan's Ise-Shima National Park.
  13. It features Kloss with thick black hair, pale skin, and kimono-like attire, posed in Japanese-y backgrounds.
  14. And of course there's a sumo wrestler because when you want to play into Japanese stereotypes you need a sumo wrestler
  15. Not to mention, the spread is entitled "Spirited Away" which means someone at Vogue has seen a Miyazaki movie and apparently thought it was a documentary
  16. Not to mention, geishas are highly trained specialists in their field. They go through apprenticeships to hone their craft, to attain subtlety, strength, and grace
  17. Geishas can be traced all the way back to the late 600s.
  18. Kloss's spread erases thousands of years of history and significance
  19. Vogue's diversity issue does also feature an Asian model, Liu Wen.
    She appears once, just for the record. She is beautiful and Chinese and so wouldn't have done this shoot.
  21. To her credit, Karlie has apologized, stating: "These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry 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 has not issued a statement.
  22. But maybe you don't care about that: the bottom line is that this isn't art and it isn't creative.
    It is likely a homage to Richard Avedon's Vogue spread in 1966 with German model Veruschka von Lehndorff.
  23. This is some white yellow fever struck dude's version of Japan
  24. It touts orientalism and stereotypic visuals
  25. Plus, there's nothing creative or new or groundbreaking about a white lady in yellow face, fuck Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Tilda Swinton have all done it in the last year