Lingerie maker Victoria's Secret's annual fashion show is typically an extravagant display of all the ways that underwear can tip into costume. This year one leopard-print outfit featuring a Native American headdress has the retailer apologizing profusely.
The controversial number was modeled by Karlie Kloss, who was bedecked with turquoise jewelry along with the headdress made of red, black and white feathers at the Nov. 7 runway show.
The headdress, also referred to as a war bonnet, is traditionally worn during special occasions by men who have done brave deeds in battle. So it's not unexpected that some members of Native American communities were outraged that it was used instead to glam up scantily clad models.
Ruth Hopkins, a columnist for Indian Country, said that "making a mockery of Native identity is unacceptable."
"After years of patronage and loyalty to the Victoria's Secret brand, I am repaid with the mean-spirited, disrespectful trivialization of my blood ancestry and the proud Native identity I work hard to instill in my children," she wrote. "Well, I've got news for you, Victoria's Secret. Consider yourself boycotted."