Vogue Editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson "So Grateful" for Support Amid Kanye West Drama

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson speaks out after being targeted by Kanye West
After the rapper taunted him for criticizing his Yeezy Season 9 runway show, the Vogue editor thanked everyone who came to her defense.
"Today was literally 'Hiiii-yah!' *Roundhouse kick in the face, very Mortal Kombat," she wrote in an Instagram post on Oct. 5. "You girls have been through it! I'm exhausted but I'm so moved and grateful for the love I'm (here and elsewhere) in the last 24 hours. I feel so blessed to belong to a community that would seem so to me."
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And Karefa-Johnson noted that she will continue to use her voice. "One thing about me: I will always speak my mind and always try to honor my truth," she shared. “My thoughts are my own and I stand by them. Thank you all for supporting me in this.”
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The fashion journalist attended West's presentation at Paris Fashion Week on October 3, where he wore a "White Lives Matter" t-shirt. In an Instagram post, Karefa-Johnson wrote in part that sending these shirts down the runway was "incredibly irresponsible and dangerous." West responded to her comments by posting a series of photos of the editor on Instagram criticizing her style.
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However, several stars lobbied for Karefa-Johnson, with Gigi calling Hadid West "a bully and a joke" and Hailey Bieber writing to Karefa-Johnson on Instagram, "My respect for you runs deep my friend!"
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Vogue also condemned West's actions. "Vogue stands with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, our global fashion editor and longtime collaborator," the magazine wrote in an Oct. 4 statement. “She was personally attacked and bullied. This is unacceptable. Voices like hers are needed now more than ever.
As for West, he addressed the controversy on Instagram, writing that "GAB IS MY SISTER" and saying he and Karefa-Johnson met to talk and have dinner.
"We apologized to each other for the way we made each other feel," he wrote. “We actually hit it off and we've both experienced struggles to be accepted in a world that isn't our own. She disagreed. I disagreed. We disagreed.”
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