Kim Kardashian ‘reevaluates’ relationship with Balenciaga after advertising for fashion brand ‘bondage’ teddy bear

Kim Kardashian says she’s “re-evaluating my relationship with Balenciaga,” following online backlash from the fashion house’s recent campaign.

The reality star, 42, said she was “appalled by the disturbing images” used in the campaign, which showed two young children holding teddy bears dressed in bondage clothes.

The images, which appeared a few days ago, have since been removed by Balenciaga, with the company apologizing for the insult in its own Instagram story post.

The ads appeared to show two young girls, both holding the stuffed animals, who were dressed in leather and net clothing, and surrounded by an assortment of other items.

A photo also showed what appeared to be an excerpt from “disturbing” US Supreme Court documents.

Kardashian said she had been silent in the days since the campaign was first posted online, wanting to speak to the brand to “understand for myself how this could have happened.”

“I’ve been quiet for the past few days, not because I wasn’t disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted a chance to talk to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” said they. written online.

“As a mother of four, I am shocked by the disturbing images.

“Child safety should be a top priority and any attempt to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society – period.”

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She continued: “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal from the campaigns and apologies.

“By talking to them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the problem and will take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again.

“As far as my future at Balenciaga is concerned, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand based on their willingness to take responsibility for something that should never have happened to begin with – and the actions I expect them to take to protect children.”

Kardashian and her ex-partner Kanye West are known for their ties to Balenciaga, and recently walked her first Parisian couture show with the brand, describing it as “a dream come true.”

The controversy comes amid reports that the fashion house has cut ties with West amid the lingering fallout of anti-Semitic remarks made online by the American rapper.

Balenciaga responded to the controversy in an Instagram post, writing, “We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intention to include it in our story.

“The two separate ad campaigns in question reflect a series of grave errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.”

The brand targeted both the gift collection and the spring 2023 collection that have been questioned and took responsibility in the campaigns, saying it had filed a complaint against the third parties who provided the genuine legal document excerpts that according to them were told were props.

The statement added: “While internal and external investigations are ongoing, we are taking the following actions: We are thoroughly reviewing our organization and collective way of working.

“We are strengthening the structures around our creative processes and validation steps. We want to make sure new controls are pivotal and prevent this from happening again.

“We are laying the groundwork with organizations that specialize in child protection and are focused on ending child abuse and exploitation.”

It continued: “We want to learn from our mistakes and find ways we can contribute.

“Balenciaga reiterates its sincere apologies for the offense we caused and apologizes to talents and partners.”

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