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Edited by on December 12 2011 at 4:20 PM

Remember this photo of a contorted Karlie Kloss by Steven Meisel? Well, some people might not since Franca Sozzani and the kids at Vogue Italia took it down from the magazine’s website after it started appearing on pro-anorexia websites. Sozzani took to her blog today to dispel any rumors and explain her reasoning behind the decision:

Franca Sozzani Admits It Was a Mistake Taking Down Karlie Kloss Photo


1. The photos were not Photoshopped.

2. People don’t understand the different angles at which the body can be shot.

3. Karlie is not anorexic but actually quite muscular. Franca then goes off on a tangent about Kloss’ “buttocks” and supports Kloss’ healthy body with her status as a Victoria’s Secret model.

4. Sozzani, ironically, wanted to avoid a senseless debate because she is “aware of the fact that people can easily attach labels without thinking.” She then goes on to admit: “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.”

5.  The editrix is a staunch advocate against pro-anorexia websites but instead of giving up on “experimental” photos such as this, she’d rather offer a course educating people about the history of photography.

6.  Next time, just say it to her goddamn face: “Before talking, why not just ask? I would have answered your doubts before, without causing so many pointless remarks.”

Karlie, for her part, didn’t understand the controversy at all. She thought the photos were beautiful and was very proud and happy with the way the shoot turned out.

Well, what do you think, readers? Was Franca Sozzani right to take down the photo or are people just being a bunch of Negative Nancies? [Vogue Italia]

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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