'I admire his courage': Diane von Furstenberg speaks out to praise Bruce Jenner after coming under fire for posting controversial image of his head on her body

  • The original Instagram photo, posted to the designer’s official account on Tuesday, was captioned with a supportive message
  • It was quickly deleted it after critics voiced their outrage on social media
  • Diane has not confirmed whether the image was posted by her personally, or by a member of her staff 

Designer Diane von Furstenberg has voiced her support for Bruce Jenner, after facing a ferocious backlash for posting a photo of herself in a dress - with the former Olympian’s head edited onto it.

The picture - which has since been removed from the 68-year-old fashion veteran’s account - came less than a week after Bruce Jenner, 65, revealed that he identifies as a woman during an interview with Diane Sawyer.

'Bruce Jenner... You are the woman you wanted to be! I salute your strength, courage and honesty. By speaking out, you have spoken for so many who suffer [sic],' the photo caption read. 

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Insensitive snap: Fans lashed out when designer Diane von Furstenberg posted this Instagram photo of Bruce Jenner's face edited onto her body

Insensitive snap: Fans lashed out when designer Diane von Furstenberg posted this Instagram photo of Bruce Jenner's face edited onto her body

While Diane has not confirmed that she herself posted the snap to the account, which is run by her and by members of her company’s social media team, many people have assumed that she was responsible, as the picture caption was signed off ‘Love Diane’.

The image was quickly removed from the account on Tuesday, just a few hours after it was originally posted, while Diane personally responded to the public outcry in a statement on Wednesday, no doubt in an attempt to calm the fury of upset fans who called the picture - which was altered from a photo from Diane's famous wrap dress campaign in 1974 - insensitive.  

She told Access Hollywood: 'I admire Bruce Jenner’s strength, courage and honesty and have so much respect [for] him using his voice to speak for people who have none. I wish him nothing but a lifetime of happiness.'

Saying sorry: Diane has since apologized for combining this 1974 snap of herself with one of Bruce Jenner, who recently revealed that he identifies as a woman

Saying sorry: Diane has since apologized for combining this 1974 snap of herself with one of Bruce Jenner, who recently revealed that he identifies as a woman

Shocking story: Bruce made international headlines when he revealed last Friday in an interview with Diane Sawyer that he identifies as a woman and that he has been secretly dressing as one in public for years

Shocking story: Bruce made international headlines when he revealed last Friday in an interview with Diane Sawyer that he identifies as a woman and that he has been secretly dressing as one in public for years

Other celebrities have also been pressured to apologize for comments they have made about Bruce's decision to transition.

Star Trek actress Alice Eve came under fire earlier this week for saying on social media that Bruce was just 'playing at being a "woman"', but she later deleted the post and apologized for the comment, insisting that she feels 'deep compassion and support' for the gold medalist.

Many stars, however, have spoken out in support of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, and Oprah Winfrey.

Dressing up:Though Bruce admitted during his interview with Diane Sawyer (pictured) that he often wears dresses, many people felt that mocking up a photo of him wearing one was insulting

Dressing up:Though Bruce admitted during his interview with Diane Sawyer (pictured) that he often wears dresses, many people felt that mocking up a photo of him wearing one was insulting

Questionable choices: When InTouch Weekly published this altered photo of Bruce on its cover in January, Kris Jenner reportedly told friends it was 'mean'

Questionable choices: When InTouch Weekly published this altered photo of Bruce on its cover in January, Kris Jenner reportedly told friends it was 'mean'

Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of a picture of Bruce being insensitively altered to make him look like a woman.

In January, InTouch Weekly published a photo on its cover of Bruce Jenner's face Photographed onto a woman's body, with lipsitck and blush added for emphasis.

At the time, TMZ reported that Kris Jenner was upset and telling friends: 'It's just mean to do whether or not it's true.' 

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