Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore has apologised for an offensive costume she wore on the show's most recent episode.
The reality TV personality wore a feathered headdress, something that is seen as offensive and an example of cultural appropriation when worn by people outside of Native American culture.
"I want to sincerely apologize for inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume," Kenya wrote in response to the backlash, in a statement on her Twitter page.
"I now realize that this was both disrespectful and insensitive and would never have done it if I had that knowledge and understanding beforehand. I regret it. When you know better, you do better. I am genuinely sorry."
Bravo, the television network that airs the show, also put out a statement that reads: “We had hoped it would provide a teachable moment, however in retrospect it is clear that the network did not address this properly given the gravity of the situation.
"We apologize to both the Native American community and our audience as a whole."
In the context of the episode, Kenya wore the headdress to a Halloween party, calling herself 'a warrior princess'.
Fellow cast member Drew Sidora appeared on Watch What Happens Live and told host Andy Cohen that no-one spoke to Kenya about that outfit until afterwards, calling the look "immature and irresponsible".
Confessionals from Sidora and other cast members in the episode called out the outfit, but Moore was not directly confronted about her costume within the context of Sunday's episode.
All seasons and every episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are available to stream and download in the UK and Ireland on hayu and hayu on NOWTV, with new episodes on Mondays. Bravo airs the new season on Sundays.
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