Balenciaga Ambassador Kim Kardashian is speaking out after the luxury fashion house was embroiled in controversy for its recent holiday campaign.
kardashians released a statement on the Balenciaga campaignwho drew backlash for referencing child pornography and featuring child models alongside fetish imagery, via her Instagram story on Sunday.
The reality TV star turned beauty mogul said she was “shaken” by the “disturbing images” in the campaign. Kardashian added that she is currently reassessing her professional relationship with Balenciaga.
“I’ve been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted the opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how it could have happened,” Kardashian “The safety of children should be held in the highest regard, and any attempt to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”
She continued: “I appreciate the removal of Balenciaga’s campaigns and apologies. Speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the problem and will take the necessary steps to ensure that it never happens again.”
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One ad from the campaign featured child models holding the brand’s “teddy bags”, teddy bears dressed in bondage gear, while another ad promoting its “Hourglass” handbag featured court documents referencing child pornography cases from the Supreme Court.
Balenciaga issued an apology over the controversy on his Instagram story on Tuesday.
“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused,” the company wrote. “Our plush bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. … We strongly condemn child abuse in any form. We stand up for children’s safety and well-being.”
Regarding the display of court documents in its campaign, the fashion brand said it was pursuing legal action against “parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items.” The Post reported that Balenciaga filed a $25 million lawsuit on Friday against production company North Six, Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins for use of legal materials in the campaign.
Gabriele Galimberti, one of the campaign photographers, also weighed in on the scandal on Wednesday, saying he had no involvement in setting up the photoshoot.
“As a photographer, I was uniquely and uniquely invited to light the given scene and shoot the photos in my signature style.” Galimberti wrote on Instagram. “As usual for a commercial shoot, the direction of the campaign and the choice of exhibits are not in the hands of the photographer.”
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