Sam Bradford's Ex Karlie Kloss Comes Under Fire for Cherokee Dress

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 13, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Brian Bahr/Getty Images

An ex-girlfriend of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is taking a great deal of heat after what is assumed to be a sartorial slight against his heritage. 

Model Karlie Kloss took to the runway as she has myriad times. Only this time, she was dressed in what was considered an Indian-themed headdress and costume.

Website Indian Country reports the garb has unleashed a great backlash in the Native American community, making the connection between the dress and Kloss' former beau, Rams QB Bradford. 

Cherokees are chattering that the obvious slight was meant to be an arrow through the heart of Bradford, a citizen of the tribe and current St. Louis Rams quarterback.

All was well with the couple earlier this year when they were caught kissing at a music festival in California in April. But the relationship apparently soured fast—to the point of Kloss being willing to mock Bradford’s culture.

Before we continue, let's state that we are willing to give the model the benefit of the doubt. Until she states otherwise, let's consider she put on what she was mandated by whichever designer thought this would be a good idea. 

The look comes from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which The Huffington Post reported on earlier. The report even went so far as to include a poll, asking the audience if the headdress was "just fine" or "offensive."

So far, the vote is a coin flip of 50.56 percent to 49.44 percent in favor of being offensive. 

This story comes on the heels of the flap No Doubt received from their new music video entitled "Looking Hot" which they have since pulled. 

The Huffington Post has an update that states Victoria's Secret has pulled down the image from any subsequent broadcasts. 

They received this statement: 

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.

Again, this was in poor taste but we give Kloss the benefit of the doubt that she had no ill will when donning the headdress. 

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