Kim Kardashian is finally speaking up after Balenciaga released a controversial campaign featuring children posing with BDSM-inspired purses together with a copy of a child pornography court ruling.
The 42-year-old reality star took to Twitter on Sunday to write, “I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been shocked and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns. But because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”
The said ads featured the brand’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection and included two young girls holding the BDSM-inspired teddy bear purses while being surrounded by different Balenciaga products. However, there are pics that excluded the children. One of them was that of a handbag set on top of a mess of papers which included an excerpt from a Supreme Court child pornography case.
The Skims founder added, “As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”
She concluded, “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology. In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”
Kim has been working with Balenciaga on numerous occasions. She has posed for their campaigns and even wore the brand at the Met Gala.
An hour after the SKKN by Kim founder released her statement, she gave an update saying, “As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — and the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.”
As for the company, they immediately pulled the images and issued an apology after the ads received negative criticisms from the public. They said through a statement, “We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign. We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”
“We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign,” the message continued. “We take this matter very seriously and are taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot. We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form. We stand for children’s safety and well-being.”