After the "Happy" crooner rocked a feather headdress on the cover of the mag's July 2014 issue, the Twitterverse erupted with complaints, with the hashtag #NOTHappy trending as a result.
According to Indian Country Today Media Network , Elle.com posted on it's website: "We persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot." The Vivienne Westwood hat is the huge hat the music mogul has been rocking since the Grammys earlier this year.
That quote is now off the site, leaving this instead, "Continuing our tradition of featuring cult male icons on collector's edition covers we persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to collaborate with us on his best ever shoot."
Pharrell, who told Oprah Magazine he has Native American and Egyptian heritages, later apologized following the backlash, with his rep giving a statement to the New York Daily News.
"I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry," it said.
What do you think of Pharrell's Elle UK cover? Too far? Or not that big of a deal?
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