No one at Vogue Italia will say for sure why the magazine pulled a certain photo of 19-year-old model Karlie Kloss from its website last week. But Kloss herself told us she doesn’t understand why it got pulled in the first place.
Last night after a screening of Coco Rocha and James Conran‘s short film Letters to Haiti, about a trip the couple took to visit children in the still-recovering island nation, Kloss said she didn’t really get what all the fuss was about.
“To be honest, I don’t know why they pulled it off. I thought it was a beautiful photo,” she said. “We did a lot of photos that day, and working with Steven [Meisel], working with Pat [McGrath], working with Oribe and Carlyne [Cerf de Dudzeele] — we were creating art.”
One specific work of art took some flak for appearing to have been Photoshopped — but both photo and video evidence point to that not being the case. We speculated that removing the photo from its website as a preemptive measure against people who might accuse Vogue Italia of doing something it didn’t do. Kloss said simply that she stands by these photos and is happy to have them in her portfolio.
“I think they’re beautiful photos and I’m very proud of all of them. I’m happy with the results. I think that they’re photos that are hopefully going to become iconic,” she said. “I had so much fun with the shoot, I was so happy to do it.”
And as long as she’s happy about those shots, so are we. The photo in question is below, but you can see the whole spread here.