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Heidi Klum Under Fire For Native American-Themed Photo Shoot! Do You Think This Is Acceptable?

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Here we go AGAIN!

We have been over this multiple times, but people still don't get it.

Heidi Klum is the latest person to make the mistake of appropriating Native American cultures in the name of fashion by having the models on Germany's Next Top Model have an "Indian-themed" photo shoot.

The models are depicted in a desert-like setting that includes teepees while wearing ceremonial headdresses, or war bonnets, and riding horses, with their faces painted in a stereotypical Native American fashion.

As usual, most of the models are white, and none of them are Native American.

The pictures were posted about two weeks ago, but the backlash has been brewing since then and getting stronger every day as more people have become aware of the images.

So far, nobody from Heidi's team or even Heidi herself have acknowledged the controversy, and the photos are still up on the German supermodel's Facebook account.

Some people have noted that Germans have had a long-standing fascination with Native American cultures. You can read more about it HERE! It's pretty interesting!

And this fascination with all things Native may explain why Heidi chose to incorporate this type of photo shoot into the show, although we don't think it excuses it.

At this point, there's really no reason why cultural appropriation should continue to take place, especially since Native people have raised qualms about it again and again.

It's high time to start listening to them.

[Image via Heidi Klum Facebook]

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44 comments to “Heidi Klum Under Fire For Native American-Themed Photo Shoot! Do You Think This Is Acceptable?”

  1. Tiffany says – reply to this


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    I think people should get over these types of images, i think the girls look amazing!!!!! im part native and im totally ok with this!!



  2. 2

    I agree this is very well done. I'm sure my ancestors would be happy to know their influence on the world reaches across the vast sea many of them never had the chance mo cross. People will always look for something to bitch about…they should spend more time feeding the hungry and educating children.

  3. Megan says – reply to this


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    what's the problem seriously people are too politically correct. They are paying homage to Native American people nothing in these photos is depicting them in a negative way. You publishing an article then saying it's wrong is creating a problem that isn't there that's promoting racism more than a few beautiful pictures.



  4. 4

    it's just a beautiful photo, same difference if people dressed up in old western wear.

  5. Arlysse says – reply to this


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    LOL Relax Perez!! I'm full native from Canada and this is a beautiful tribute!! If it were shot in an offensive way.. sure.. but this is a beautiful piece of art! Enough SAID!!

  6. Barbara says – reply to this


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    PC concerns are really getting on my nerves. Lighten up people. My forefathers were Hebrew, everyone has my permission to dress up like them whenever they want to.

  7. suebob says – reply to this


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    These photos are absolutely not offensive and there is no reason to see them as an insult. If these photos were wrong, it would simply mean that nobody would be allowed to wear any clothes originated in other cultures. That's ridicoulous. People should be allowed to embrace other cultures.
    And how do you dare to assert, that "Germans have had a long-standing fascination with Native American cultures" just because you found a stupid article on that on the internet? I normally don't get angry at any comments on this site, because I know from who they're coming, but accusing these people for acting inappropriatly regarding another culture is simply wrong.

  8. Vee says – reply to this


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    "As usual, most of the models are white, and none of them are Native American."

    Isn't this Top Model Germany?

  9. hunnybunny says – reply to this


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    These pictures are beautiful and done in a very classy way. Stop trying to create drama in everything. You are not in high school anymore.

  10. Chanel says – reply to this


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    I don't think there's anything offensive about this photoshoot o.O



  11. 11

    my roomate's half-sister makes $77 /hour on the internet . She has been fired for 5 months but last month her payment was $21591 just working on the internet for a few hours. original site … YELLWORK.COM

  12. Lauran says – reply to this


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    so people can dress up an ancient Egyptians and romans, viking ect, but not indians? it's no different, they are just as a cultural group, not as old. People need to stop taking everything so seriously all the time, it's paying homage to the native Indians material culture. It is Germanys next top model, so maybe why they are mostly white…



  13. 13

    Actually, it is high time for everyone to stop being offended by EVERYTHING!

  14. misssunshine says – reply to this


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    Hoq old are u perez, seriously? Just raising a stupid issue like this is ridiculous. So what? Im swedish, and the vikings series is violent. Should I be offended? Who cares, get over it.

  15. MrWorld says – reply to this


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    I agree with native Americans that there culture has been depicted and misconstrued for years - as a Canadian I 100% am aware of exactly what the culture has been through having a step parent as well who was a very active member in her native tribe. However fashion is FASHION!!! it's like saying katy perry should be tormented as well for dressing up as a basically extinct culture of Egyptians and depicting the lk as "men eaters" and well as well WHITE skinned!!! I disagree with this article Perez - equal opportunity goes both ways the only way we are suppressing there culture is by seeing this photo shoot as an act against them rather as an representation of there beauty is culture and FASHION!!! :)

  16. msmoonlight says – reply to this


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    I don't think these kinds of photos are appropriate. A lot of terrible things have been done to Native peoples in the US and Canada, and to appropriate sacred aspects of Native cultures is disrespectful. War bonnets, the feather headdresses, are supposed to ONLY be worn by warriors of the Plains tribes who had done brave, courageous acts for their tribe. For all those saying people should just get over this, please educate yourself on what has been done and is still happening to Native people, particularly Native women, in the US and Canada. These kind of images are not okay!

  17. Jeanetta says – reply to this


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    I am fully native american, and its not that we find this pictures offensive, its more that the elders would not agree with them, its how they were raised i guess.. The things they have been through and to see another race portray our culture, they would find that offensive.
    But they pictures are beautiful. I see no reason for them to be down. but not all natives would agree with me.. haha

  18. Katherine says – reply to this


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    Do you know why we get mad… It's because a head dress is for men .. It's a warrior status.. So unless you earned your feathers by serving in a war .. Keep it double braids instead!

  19. Eskimos Eat Whales YUM says – reply to this


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    There is nothing wrong with this. The ancient native americans were sexist and probably didn't even allow women to ride horses. "a woman on a horse?!!???!!" and native men probably didnt allow women to wear such a grand head of fowl. I only picture men wearing that. Women are always portrayed by historians with one little feather in the back.

    Native americans SELL indian clothing, headdress and feathers and (whatever that stuff is) to whites but we cant wear them? Then what are they making the stuff for?

    I see absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. Native americans dont own feathers. They belong to anybody who can point a gun and click and then glue (or whatever the binding mechanism is).

    I think this is a non issue. She was in an interracial relationship so its clear she's not a racist in any way. Society should stop calling people who marry interracially.. racists. Stop doing that. I get called racist ALL THE TIME but my girl is asian from a different part of asia than the natives come from. I am dating someone from the same race as native americans but I'm "racist". [head shake]
    I think this picture distracts from native americans high homicide rate, rape rate, alcoholism and poverty (even obama is alarmed by it). Its a sad world when society ignores those serious matters in favor of a "WOMAN ON A HORSE".

  20. texasannie says – reply to this


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    there's nothing offensive about anyone dressing in Indian attire. people need to get over themselves. why does everyone get offended about every damn thing today?

  21. Leah says – reply to this


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    I'm part Native American and look white. I really don't get what the big deal is. If we want to move forward we really need to stop taking about the past #getoverit

  22. Eskimos eat whales YUM says – reply to this


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    "oh i had such a great time visiting your village, Rolling Bear. The brochure was right. It was fun! Such wonderful food we had. But, its time our family head home."….. "wait, before you go. Would you like to buy some of our native headwear? the kids will love it! Here… just $35 each"….. "well thats beautiful. I'll take 5. Do you take credit cards?"…. "sure, no problem. My wife will just ring it up for you. Ok. enjoy your day, Jones family"….."thank you, Rolling Bear. buh bye"…"BUT YOU BETTER NOT PUT THAT HEADDRESS ON YOUR HEADS!!!!!!!!!!!"….. "wait. what?"…. "you heard me!!!!!!! [growl]"…… "then take em back. We wont be able to resist the temptation"…. "no refunds. But i'll take those!!!"…. "indian giver!"

  23. Philly says – reply to this


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    one word ignorance…



  24. 24

    All yer bitchen and yet you get wet over cher's indian outfit. DUMBASS

  25. jennifer says – reply to this


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    This is ridiculous! I am of Native American ancestry and in no way offended. Germans don't get upset when non - Germans wear lederhosen and drink from steins at Oktoberfest. Mexicans don't get offended when people wear sombreros and celebrate Cinco De mayo. Kimonos are beautiful, are ONLY Asians allowed to wear them?

    We should all be celebrating the beauty in each and every culture. Because we ALL come from the same place, the same gene pool, and the same single celled organism that lead to human life.

    Perez, you should be promoting sharing the beauty of each culture instead of promoting a culture of exclusion. Because that's what it is to say a white woman can't wear the traditional garb of a Native American woman: exclusion and judgement by color.

  26. brenda says – reply to this


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    Okay Heidi,you outa all people should get this being married to a Black man.Me I don't care , people put to much into black white indian ,Chinese ,Japanese, east Indian ,Im probably forgetting a bunch . I don't care why dose it matter thatmuch you want to be treated equaly so stop making a big deal outa it !!



  27. 27

    YES THIS PICTURE IS FUCKING FINE, ITS ONE THING TO BE RACIST BY YOUR WORDS AND ACTIONS, AND TRUST ME I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOOOO TIME, WHAT SO EVER FOR IGNORANT PEOPLE, BUT THIS IS A P H O T O S H O O T..



  28. 28

    WITHIN THE LAST 3 YEARS NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING OR BRANCH OFF OUT OF THERE COMFORT ZONE, RELIGIOUS ZONE I GUESS U CAN CALL IT, OR OR OR USING AND FOLLOWING THERE IMAGINATION YA NO, WITHOUT BEING FUCKING LIKE PERSECUTED BC AUTOMATICALLY THERE BEING "RACIST" AND "RUDE" OR WHO ELSE KNOWS, U NO WHEN U LIKE GET UPSET AND WANT TO VENT AND ALL THE GOOD SHIT YOU HAVE TO SAY LIKE LEAVES YOUR BRAIN, AND ITS LIKE EMBARRASSING AND ANNOYING, BUT WAS LIKE GOOD ASS VALID THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS, YEA THATS WHATS HAPPENING TO ME. THE ONLY REASON I GET WORKD UP IS BC THOUGH I MAY NOT BE *PROFESSIONAL* I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ARTIST, I LOVE TO DRAW AND PAINT, AND CREATE FILMS, AND MY OWN MUSIC, I LOVE TO WRITE, AND I DONT WANT TO LIVE IN A GENERATION WHERE I WILL SOON HAVE TO BE WORRIED ABOUT TAKING THAT LEAP OF FAITH, AND FOLLOWING MY NEVER WHAT SO EVER ENDING IMAGINATION AAAND HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT OFFENDING EVERYBODY, THERE MOTHER, THERE UNCLE, THERE COUSIN 3 TIMES REMOVED WHOSE NOW REMARRIED, IF ITS DONE TASTEFULLY AND RESPECTFULLY, AND FOR ALL ANY OF US KNOW DONE WITH THE KINDEST INTENTIONS OF BRINGING AWARENESS TO IN THIS CASE NATIVE AMERICANS AND THERE CULTURE..



  29. 29

    I NEED TO STOP ON HERE, I HAVE LIKE SO MUCH MORE TO SAY BUT I DOUBT ANYBODY IS GONNA EVEN GET TO THE END OF THIS. SOOO MANY MORE THOUGHTS ON THE MATTER, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR WRITING THIS ENTIRE THING IN CAPS, WHICH MAKES ME SEEM WAY MUCH MORE ANGRIER THAN I REALLY AM hehehe..

  30. Non-racist says – reply to this


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    honestly, stfu if you are not native american. White people's opinions are irrelevant on topics like this. FYI im half white myself.

  31. guest says – reply to this


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    I wore a Japanese style dress and nobody complained once. Who cares.



  32. 32

    For Pete's sake! It wasn't done as an insult people. Do we complain when other cultures dress as American's?? NO! There is a saying that goes something like imitation is the ultimate form of flattery. We have become a world of people who get too easily insulted or whatever when someone dresses as some nationality. We have taken fashion from one another for centuries. Indians from the white man and vice versa. Romans from the Greeks. White from Black. Pick from this one, add it to that one, then shake in a bit from here and BAM! Fashion. Don't correct me either. I'm half white and half black and tired of all the politically correct crap.

  33. Eskimos eat Whales Yum says – reply to this


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    Re: Non-racist – It is our business too. See, the less racist whites (and hopefully other people too) become.. the more people invent OTHER things to be considered as being racist. Arbitrary stuff. We are never quite free and clear. The rules change on a whim. So suddenly even an white woman with black children can be considered racist. For eons whites called asians "orientals" and then it became "racist" to use that word. So then whites refer to far eastern asians as "ASIANS" instead of "ORIENTAL" and then what happens? People from pakistan and india get mad. "why do americans think asia is only japan, korea, china etc? We are asians too!! Ignorant jerks". And then we are like "shiiiit. maybe we can bring back 'oriental' to differentiate between the asians. sigh. There is no off this bed of nails, man".

  34. TJ says – reply to this


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    There are over 500 Native American tribes across the U.S. and not every single tribe wears Warbonnets, we are not all one tribe and are very different from one another. Warbonnets need to be earned and are almost always worn by men and are considered highly sacred. Tribes who do wear Warbonnets wear them only during certain ceremonies/dances and not just worn just for fun. Even though this warbonnet is probably not real, does NOT make it ok to wear. Believe it or not, most people of the world believe that Native Americans are extinct and when they find out We are still here they have these images of Native American woman and believe that this is how they look. These types of photoshoots done by professional models over sexualizes Native American woman. Multiple studies have shown that 1 in 3 Native American Woman will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Native Americans have not asked nor do we need to be paid "homage" or "honored" by other ethnic groups. WE are still here. WE are more than capable of honoring ourselves. Racism is still alive today and cultural appropriation is just another way of promoting it. Native American themed fashion does NOT honor us! It IS racist! Our feelings are REAL and just because you think it is “ok” or are not offended does not make it ok.

  35. Rosemary says – reply to this


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    This whole thing is STUPID. The way the PC crowd is (over)reacting, it means men of non-Scottish origin can't wear kilt-like skirts, we shouldn't bleach our hair(the Nordic may be offended), and I can't use self-tanner(I am likely to offend people of multiple ethnic origins).
    There is no disrespect in these photos. They may be a bit cliche, but it is ultimately honoring the beauty and dignity of a stereotype, not making fun of a culture.
    This negativity needs to stop, and people need to consider something called "context".

  36. North Europe says – reply to this


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    Native north and south american women who dye their hair blonde are being racially insensitive to us euro blondes. Minorities who dye their hair blonde are insensitive racists. Its bad enough we have to live with "dumb blonde jokes" and are treated like second class citizens, but, to have insult added to injury by disrespectful "blonde" people of native descent is painful to endure. Sniff. Sniff. I'll never recover. Is nothing sacred?

  37. Hugin says – reply to this


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    I Wonder if it will be ok if Heidi Klum dressed up as stereotypical Jews maybe as rabbi's or Africans from Namibia where Germany commited Genoicde as well… People would say it is beautiful and tell the Jews and Africans to get over it? Bottom line is that Europeans are responsible for genocide all over the world and by them mocking and stereotyping the Heritage of these People over and over again, will this Nordic person does not Accept it, and i am still pissed of at the germans for appropriating my culture and making my ancestors into mascots for their demented genocide and may the wrtah of the gods and my ancetors be upon them!!!

  38. north europe says – reply to this


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    Whites are not responsible for genocides. MEN are. All races of men have committed genocides. There are NO men innocent of senseless violence. The only reason it was white men who killed native americans and not, say, black men is because black men didn't figure out how to navigate the stars to get to the americas. And when they did get here, they were chained and unarmed. But if blacks had built giant seafaring boats and beat white men to the americas.. they would have warred with the natives too. An invader is an invader. And the natives were not innocent sweetie pies either. They slaughtered white women and children like bison and white men were NEVER going to let that fly. They werent going to be like "they were just women and children. Let it fly. We deserve it!". Nope. White men are generally a weak nerdy non violent man with low homicide rates the world over…but when we get whipped into a frenzy…..oh god. Hell hath no fury. And the natives fell to that fury. When you consider how many 10,000s white men marry native women today… its a shame it couldnt always have been like that. But, language barriers prevented peace. Its hard to make peace with someone you cant talk to.

  39. North Europe says – reply to this


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    Re: Hugin – Namibia. Thanks to colonialist influence, technology and education that country is one of the most stable countries in africa and its homicide rate is only 12 per 100,000 citizens per year. Thats high by european and asian standards but by african standards is very impressive and I applaud them. The abuses that the germans committed there are bone chilling but today is 2014. Today, africans move to germany to escape the ruthless black leaders of africa, war, intertribal bigotry, tribal and religious oppression and black on black genocide. Things change. People are too busy living in the past to notice the change.

  40. North Europe says – reply to this


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    Re: Hugin – I am the descendent of multiple genocide victims. I am 1/4 jew …a victim of germans (my mom chose her dads catholic religion as a girl probably because Rudolph had a shiny nose). I am 100% atheist.. a persistent victim of every religion. And my ancestors on my dads side are norse pagans who were another victim of Christianity's ruthless expansion across his part of the world. But my IQ is 30 points higher than the average european jew and 40 points higher than the average american. If I saw Heidi on a horse dressed as a rabbi in a viking helmet with a pirate flag flying above the horse's butt, my response would be "hahahahaha. ahahahahahah. ahahahah. Never saw a Rabbi that sexy". But a lower IQ jew with an IQ around 86 would respond like "ARRRRGG thats HORRIBLE! [FOOOOT STOMP!!] WAAAAA WAAAAA WAAA. arrrrrrg. [foot stomp]….[steam from ears]".
    There is a reason prison inmates in every country have lower IQs than the outside population (with no exception to that rule). Prisons are filled with angry easily excitable people who overreact to visual stimuli and misinterpret the intentions of the world around them due to being IQ challenged.

  41. North Europe says – reply to this


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    Re: North Europe – It appears I was wrong about Namibia's homicide rate at 17.2 according to the UN. Rescinding applaud. Vomiting instead.

  42. Enn says – reply to this


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    Re: Eskimos Eat Whales YUM – please educate yourself! Native women were very well respected. Where do you think the term Mother Earth came from? The only reason native chiefs came about was because when the white man came they refused to "do business" with the women so the tribes elected male chiefs as their speaker. I do appreciate you bringing awareness to all the violence against native women though

  43. Hugin says – reply to this


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    Re: North Europe – Colonialism is a mental disorder (forma mentis idioticus) developed by People who thought/think that they are superior to others and thereby have a carte blanche to take land,resources,lives and even culture/heritage from others as they themselves please… and within a historical as well as contemporary aspect this might not be an all “white” thing but it sure is dominated by people of European heritage… and Irma Grese and others like her were women,maybe they were just carrying out orders but still responsible for their partaking in Genocide. Unfortunately people are being “programmed” into thinking that colonialism and it's “influence” aka social darwinism is a good good thing, I think they should watch this: colonialism,colonial arrogance and ignorance,connect the dots…and maybe start to comprehend why people feel that they are being stepped upon mocked appropriated and so fourth.

  44. Hugin says – reply to this


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    """Should watch this : youtube.com/watch?v=3FmEjDaWqA4 (Scientific Racism The Eugenics of Social Darwinism 360p ) since this site don't allow Youtube links…