Fashion designer Jeremy Scott slammed for 'illegal alien' photoshoot

Moschino designer Jeremy Scott has been forced to edit a number of social media posts after he was accused of invoking the immigration crisis in the United States to promote his latest collection.

Scott had posted a photo of model Gigi Hadid on Twitter and Instagram wearing a Jackie O-style outfit with her face painted blue for his "Alien Nation" campaign with the caption: "The only thing illegal about this alien is how good she looks."

However, after a barrage of social media criticism, the designer edited the Instagram post to explain his sympathy for the plight of immigrants, including the children who have been forcibly separated from their parents and placed in detention in the US.

"What is an 'alien'? the concept of my ad campaign is to bring attention to the US Administration’s harsh stance towards ‘illegal aliens’," Scott wrote in his signature all-caps style. "I painted the models in my show and this campaign as a way to open a discussion on what exactly an 'alien' is – are they orange blue yellow green? Does this matter? They are our friends, neighbors, co workers, relatives and people we love."

But Scott's explanation came after social media users accused the flamboyant designer of "profiting on the suffering of people escaping persecution, poverty and death".

One Instagram user wrote: "You want to start a discussion? Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Actually change the fashion game by hiring models that need to be represented. Get out in the street and do something worthwhile. Until then, you’re just another white man making money off the suffering of real people."

Others were more supportive of Scott's claimed motive: "What better way to show US administration that we are all EQUAL we all bleed one colour, we all are born one way and we all die!" wrote another user on Instagram.

It's the second time in a week that fashion has been drawn in to the immigration crisis. On Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump aroused a storm of controversy for donning a Zara anorak emblazoned with the words "I don't really care, do u?" to board a flight to visit children in immigration detention.

At the time, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, issued a statement attempting to deflect any discussion of the jacket, including the hashtag #ItsJustAJacket, prompting the reactive hashtag #ItsNotJustAJacket, and a US company to launch its own version of the anorak with the words "I really care, don't u?"

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