Franca Sozzani on Karlie Kloss photo: "The picture is beautiful"
From the moment I laid eyes on the Karlie Kloss's editorial for Vogue Italia I knew it wasn't going to end well. Now Franca Sozzani has confronted the controversy that is surrounding the photos from the Steven Meisel shoot.
Sozzani took to her blog over the weekend to discuss what she is calling "The truth about Karlie Kloss and Steven Meisel's photos". In particular she addressed one photo (pictured above) which was taken down from the Vogue website very quickly after criticism erupted that it make Karlie appear extremely thin. It also starting appearing on pro-anorexia websites much to the concern of many. Despite the removal of the photo, Sozzani maintains she only took it down to prevent hurtful comments from being left.
"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. 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," she wrote.
The editor also defends Karlie's body image by adding: "Karlie is not anorexic but has a muscular body with a rounded contour due to the muscles' tension, as you can see on the cover picture, where the 'buttocks' are muscular and rounded, just like the thighs and the biceps... And, by the way, don't forget Karlie is first of all a classical ballet dancer and her body and mucles [sic] reflects this."
Tell us, what do you think of the shoot? Was it right of Sozzani to remove the photo from the website? Share your thoughts below.