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December 14, 2011  | by: Ama Kwarteng

Karlie Kloss in Vogue Italia

Photos of Karlie Kloss, photographed by Stephen Meisel, featured in Vogue Italia have caused a storm online. After editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani removed the photos from the magazine’s website, they started appearing on pro-anorexia websites and people began calling them overly photo-shopped. Apparently, the controversy grew large enough for Sozzani to comment on them in her blog. In the blog post, she puts down many rumors and explains her decision on why she chose to remove the photos.

Karlie Kloss in Vogue Italia

Sozzani says that the reason why she took down the photos was to prevent a debate. However, she realizes that she made a mistake and that taking the pictures down probably wasn’t the best idea.

“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.”

Sozzani mentions in her blog that the photos were not overly photo-shopped as many people assumed. She also talks about how Karlie is not anorexic at all and that her body is just very muscular.

“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.”

Karlie Kloss in Vogue Italia

Karlie didn’t see the controversy in the photos at all. She thought the pictures were beautiful and thought that it was a great shoot.

The photos were edgy and different, and in art risks are meant to be taken. But I think that the magazine should’ve considered the public reaction when people would look at the photos. Karlie is a thin girl, but she doesn’t look unhealthy to me. However, in our society when people see a girl who is thin (and happens to be a model), they automatically jump to the conclusion that she’s anorexic. It may not be the right thing to do, but it’s what happens. Hopefully other magazines can learn from this and prevent it from happening in the future.

To read the entire blog post, click here.

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