Within one week the fashion world and the press have been super excited to see Gemma Ward back on the runway, only to find offense in her latest editorial for Marie Claire Australia.
The supermodel took some time off from modelling in 2007, did some acting, and had a baby.
We thought we'd never see her on the catwalk again! Yet there she was, opening the show for Prada during fashion week.
And it was awesome!
A few days after her much celebrated comeback to the fashion world, Gemma Ward was under fire for an editorial she shot with the Australian Marie Claire. A New Zealand professor pointed out the Maori moko painted on Ward's chin for the magazine's October issue.
“It is disturbing that Marie Claire is so removed from current discussions globally about the importance of the fashion world to be ethical and culturally inclusive.” The professor, Dr. Ellis said.
The spread was intended to pay tribute to Jean Paul Gaultier, and Marie Claire has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone that found the photograph offensive. "We would not knowingly support the appropriation of any aspect of another culture without the participation or support of the members of that culture.”
While the image may be offensive, Gemma seems to be out of the line of attack. Let's hope the beauty can enjoy her return to being the queen of fashion, and continue pushing her fans to the edge of their seats!
The magazine is on stands now, will you pick up a copy?