Gigi Hadid Apologizes After Backlash Over ‘Vogue Italia’ Cover

“Although I understand what Vogue Italia’s intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid … Please know that things would have been different if my control of the situation was different,” Hadid said. “Regardless, I want to apologize 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.”
Some Instagram users wrote comments under the Vogue Italia photo criticizing Hadid and the magazine while others defended the model.
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The backlash prompted Italia Vogue’s contributing editor at large to issue her own statement on her Instagram account. Patti Wilson, who is black, noted that the photo was for a summer issue and that Hadid was meant to look tan and “nothing more than that.”
“People come in all shades,” Wilson said. “Throughout my career, I’ve championed models of all elasticities and have always fought for diversity in this industry. I celebrate women of all color.”

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