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high-fashion brand balenciaga facing backlash for an ad campaign featuring photos of child models holding teddy bears dressed in bondage gear; The brand also used an image of a Supreme Court opinion in a child pornography case to promote a handbag.

The ad campaign’s photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, said the images were part of a project series titled “Toy Stories”, according to his Instagram page. The images, which are now mostly visible from the global brand’s website, sparked an outcry from conservative activists.

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Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, a conservative women’s rights group, called the images “exploitative propaganda”.

“It’s not about them being provocative and getting attention,” Nance said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “The whole campaign sexualises children, period. It is child abuse, period. And it feeds and normalizes a culture that is dark and corrupt.”

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“Balenciaga needs to answer for this,” she continued.

Kelsey Bolar with the Independent Women’s Forum echoed that sentiment: “Balenciaga has no business introducing ‘bondage,’ a perverted adult sexual practice, to young children.”

“Worse, fashion houses are using these images to advertise their products, essentially profiting from the sexualization of children,” she said. “The willingness to sexually abuse innocent children is a disturbing trend that has emerged in today’s culture, and it is a perverse, disturbing example.”

Kanye West aka Yeh is seen wearing a Balenciaga boxing mouthguard during Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022 in Paris.

Another image featured on the Balenciaga website to promote its “Hourglass” handbag in collaboration with Adidas also attracted the attention of critics. The photo captures the handbag on a desk with a portion of the Supreme Court opinion, US v. Williams, that criminalized the promotion of child pornography.

The visible portion of that court document in the photo references another Supreme Court case, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, in which the court struck down a portion of the Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA) of 1996, saying that virtual child porn Literature is protected speech.

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Benjamin Bull, general counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said, “They’re trying to get attention by including the Supreme Court child porn pandering case as window dressing. It’s associating child porn with their product.” ” “It’s an exploitative attention-getting device.”

Mary Morgan, host of the YouTube show “Pop Culture Crisis,” noted the brand’s recent departure from Twitter, suggesting that the move may have been inspired by the new leadership of Elon Musk as CEO, who recently said That his top priority would be to address child abuse. Content on the Site.

“Balenciaga recently got off Twitter, and it’s highly suspicious because they posted an ad campaign featuring children holding teddy bears in bondage gear and a poorly hidden court document about ‘virtual child p—‘ just dropped it,” she wrote to Fox News Digital. The Balenciaga Instagram account has also removed all posts. When a major tech platform finally enforces its own rules against child exploitation (even under the guise of ‘art’), those brands or individuals Pay close attention to those who hasten towards it.” get out off.”

Kim Kardashian in a pink Balenciaga suit, Oct. 10, 2021, in New York City.

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Balenciaga did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the photos and creative decisions behind the campaign.

Actress Nicole Kidman is featured in the campaign for the brand’s spring 2023 collection. Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid have also been key ambassadors for the brand.