It seems that everyone is still talking about those Karlie Kloss Vogue Italia pictures. First everyone said, ‘she looks amazing!’ of the semi-naked pictures taken by legendary photographer, Steven Meisel. Then there was concern that maybe Karlie looked a little bit skinny or overly photoshopped in one of the pictures. Then said picture quietly disappeared off the website. Then Karlie herself stepped in to say that she loved the pictures, didn’t know why it had been taken down, and hoped that they would become iconic. Now editor in chief, Franca Sozzani has taken to her controversial blog to talk about it in a post called ‘The Truth About Karlie Kloss and Steven Meisel Photos’ and admits that removing the picture was a mistake.
‘I did not remove the first picture from the site because I thought it set a bad example due to its thinness, but because I am aware of the fact that people can easily attach labels without thinking, so I believed I could avoid a pointless debate,’ Franca wrote. ‘I made a mistake. I had to do what I thought was right, that is leave the picture and let everybody express their opinion freely. The picture is beautiful and that’s all.’
As for whispers that it had been photoshopped she explained that it was simply distortion techniques, developed by Man Ray, and that she’d like to ‘start photography courses to educate many people’. And Franca was quick to slam anyone suggesting Karlie was anything other than totally healthy, ‘she was picked by Victoria’s Secret…[who] would never use an anorexic model as this would clash with their philosophy,’ according to fashionista.com
At least Karlie got her wish, this editorial is iconic, but maybe for all the wrong reasons.
by Kay Barron