Heidi Klum Touts Indian-Themed Shoot for 'Germany's Next Top Model'
As a judge on Project Runway, Heidi Klum had a lot of positive things to say about the work of designer Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo. Yet her appreciation of the Native designer's work in contemporary fashion does not seem to have been matched by an enlightened view of Native culture.
On Thursday, Klum, who is host of Germany's Next Top Model, posted a gallery on Facebook titled "Here are my beautiful GNTM girls!"
The gallery consists of 12 pictures of German models wearing feather headdress, facepaint, and fringed leather. Props include a peace pipe, tipi, and woven blanket.
Many Facebook users have expressed outrage at the images. Here are just a few of the many comments posted to the gallery.
Hanna LakotaHorse: "This is so frustrating and disheartening. And it keeps happening over and over again. Why do they think this is okay?!"
Daisy Salinas: ""This is reducing a culture (where over 10-20 million indigenous people were slaughtered) to a trendy marketable product that can be bought and sold. Not only that but Native American women are far more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other group of women in the U.S. Sexualizing and commodyifying Native American culture and aesthetics is not helping solve issues as these. You should publicly apologize for these terribly offensive photographs."
Nodwessioux Red Bear: "I will no longer support you Heidi K."
Angela Hardesty Manrique: "Unliking for life. How could you be so ignorant Heidi. This is every kind of wrong."
Daisy Light: "We are NOT impressed NOR inspired here in Algonquin Territory. Thumbs down!"
Monita Witkop: "There's no way that they didn't know what they were doing. They did this for free media. Cheap. Next time dress as Oktoberfest mascots. Exploit your own culture."
Heidi Tucker: "WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE! Heidi totally didn't get understand the designs of Patricia Michaels from Season 11 because they were authentically Native American. Heidi Klum only understands the western bastardization of Pan-Indians. Truly too bad Patricia Michaels was not pulled in as a consultant, or better yet, THE DESIGNER! Heidi even knows her!"
There are a few videos on the GNTM YouTube channel relating to the shoot, "Indianer Shooting," but they are not accessible in the United States.
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