Jill Galus reported for KOB 4 Eyewitness News in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 13, 2012. The segment was entitled, – “Victoria’s Secret Facing Firestorm from Native Americans.” On the recent taping of the annual Lingerie fashion show. A beautiful model adorned a fake Native American headdress & walked the runway. She also wore Native made jewelry from head to toe. It has angered Native American groups. They’re offended because the headdress is worn by many tribes for traditional purposes. Others believe Native Americans are too sensitive in this politically correct society.
The company of Victoria’s Secret has apologized on their official ‘Facebook’ page. – “We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone. Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.” The fashion show runs on CBS every holiday season.
Here are a few comments made by individuals on the KOB 4 ‘Facebook’ page. — Irene Klein from Middlesex County College commented, “What a bunch of whiners this country has become. Grow up people. Your feelings are hurt. Big Freakin’ Deal. Get over it.”
— Dan Waring says, “Come on! ‘The Village People’ walked around dressed like Indians for years! No one ever said anything! Hey I am a quarter Native and I am giving those girls permission to wear feathers where ever they want!”
— Sarah N. Felipe Haynes from the University of New Mexico (UNM) commented, “It is a ridiculous adornment for lingerie. What’s next? Bible braziers? Really tasteless and unrealistic. Come on, what woman is going to really play this off? Let’s (just) take some kind of cultural figure and make it sexy…Not!”
The Santa Fe Reporter interviewed Dr. Jessica R Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) in this week’s issue Nov. 13, 2012. She created the “Beyond Buckskin” Blog geared toward Native American designers & their fashion. Jessica was asked several questions about the music group ‘No Doubt’ & Gwen Stephani who was dressed in stereotypical Native American attire in a video that has since been removed. The article is called, “First [Appropriation] Nation. Open season on Native American appropriation shows no signs of stopping” written by Enrique Limón.
Jessica addressed the Victoria Secret outrage by saying this, “I have big expectations for the fashion industry. I want to see them collaborating more with Native American fashion designers and artists. ‘Beyond Buckskin’ was founded as a means of educating. The ‘Boutique’ was born out of the idea of action and economic development. – It’s not easy, but we already have a group of strong, smart, sexy and talented Native people who are figuring parts of it out, and we’re hitting this really cool moment in history where we are realizing the potential of our voice. And it’s only going to get bigger and better because we all know we owe it to our people past, present and future.”