The supermodel, whose mother is Thai, told E! News she thinks “Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry of course, especially on runways, in magazines.”
Much like others who promote a more diverse industry, she said she simply wants it “to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models.”
Her comments, made while promoting her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, come just a few days after Vogue came under fire for dressing model Karlie Kloss as a Japanese Geisha in its March issue ― an issue that was intended to focus on diversity in fashion.
Vogue’s widely criticized photoshoot isn’t mentioned in the clip above, but it seemed to be top of mind. Teigen noted that she’s not “personally ... offended by cultural appropriation of any sort, because I do feel like it does pay homage.”
However, she added that “at the same time, there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful Asian women that could do the same thing.”
As usual, her truth-telling abilities know no bounds.