Victoria's Secret, Karlie Kloss Apologize for Controversial Native American Costume

Celebrity News Nov. 12, 2012 AT 5:30PM
Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City.
Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret 2012 Fashion Show on November 7, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

There's nothing sexy about being racially insensitive.

Victoria's Secret has apologized for offending the Native American community after Karlie Kloss modeled a feather headdress, suede bra top and turquoise jewelry in its 17th annual fashion show. The event, taped in New York City Nov. 7, will air on CBS Dec. 4.

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"We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals," the lingerie and beauty company told its 1.4 million Twitter followers Nov. 10. "The outfit will be removed from the broadcast."

Kloss commended the company's decision. "I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the Victoria's Secret Show offended anyone," the 20-year-old tweeted. "I support Victoria's Secret's decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast."

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The incident occurred just six days after No Doubt pulled their "Looking Hot" music video from YouTube over similar complaints. "Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history," band members Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont explained on the band's official website. "We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are."

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Coincidentally, November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month in the United States.

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