Kim Kardashian speaks out against Balenciaga’s recent ad campaign first posted on November 16. The brand shared pictures of “child models posing with the company’s plush bear bags,” said BBC. “These teddy bear-inspired accessories look like soft toys – but appear to be wearing leather harnesses and other items associated with bondage fetishes. Two of the pictures showed young children hugging the backpacks.”
The images went viral with a huge backlash particularly in the US with people speaking against “child over-sexualization”. BBC reported that “as criticism built, a sarcastic tweet from YouTuber June Nicole Lapine gained a lot of traction and Balenciaga deleted all the images a short time later. After this, some right-wing US media channels ran with the story, and accused the fashion house of “endorsing child pornography”.
Kim Kardashian also took to the internet after several days of silence, saying that she was “shaken by the disturbing images” and “any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”