Erm, well this is awkward… and inappropriate.
Heidi Klum is in some serious hot water with folks after revealing photos of “Germany’s Next Top Model” contestants posing in stereotypical Native American clothes and makeup — or “redface” as it is more commonly known. The models are standing in sexy positions as they wear headdresses and war paint — adding insult to injury.
Jezebel was the first to point out the pictures, which were posted on Klum’s Facebook page about two weeks ago. Klum wrote “Here Are My Beautiful GNTM Girls!” Surprisingly, the photos are still on her page even though she received massive backlash from thousands of users. Karen Snake commented saying, “Natives are not costumes one can take on and off. When people dress up in stereotypical ‘Indian’ garb, they’re not only denying the existence of 566 distinct Tribal Nations, they’re mocking an entire group of human beings based solely on their race and heritage.” Thomas White shared Snake’s sentiments. “This is called REDFACE and is so pathetic and offensive. Racism is alive and well. Do this photo shoot on a reservation . Nobody would ever dress like this in front of real Native American Women.”
Obviously this isn’t the first time we’ve seen controversy in the fashion industry. We’re just really surprised to see Heidi Klum a part of it.