Lala Kent calls out Balenciaga over ‘horrifying’ child ad campaign

Lala Kent is furious with Balenciaga over a since-pulled ad campaign featuring BDSM teddy bears modeled by children.

The photos — which ran on Instagram — showed two young girls holding bags made of plush bears wearing bondage gear. On the set of the shoot appeared to be court documents pertaining to child pornography laws.

“I’m sure I’ll be shadow banned… again, for posting this- but I have to,” the “Vanderpump Rules” star, who is mom to a 1-year-old daughter, wrote via her Instagram Story Wednesday alongside headlines highlighting the criticism the fashion house’s campaign drew.

“I’m proud to not own one single piece of Balenciaga,” she went on, adding that the public “need[s] to know what that document under the Balenciaga bag says.”

The photos showed two young girls holding bags made of plush bears wearing bondage gear, while surrounded by what appeared to be court documents about child pornography.

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Balenciaga slammed for using young girls holding bondage teddy bears in advert

The photos showed two young girls holding bags made of plush bears wearing bondage gear, while surrounded by what appeared to be court documents about child pornography.

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“If you zoom in, it SEEMS to state some horrifying words,” she pointed out. “Y’all- we need to do better.”

The Bravolebrity, 31, encouraged her followers to “reject the darkness” and “find the light.”

“The well-being of our world and it’s [sic] innocent beings depends on it.”

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“I’m proud to not own one single piece of Balenciaga,” Kent said, adding that the public “need[s] to know what that document under the Balenciaga bag says.”
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Balenciaga “removed the campaign from all platforms” on Tuesday and apologized for both featuring children and “displaying unsettling documents” in the holiday ad, which was in support of the label’s spring/summer 2023 collection.

The brand insisted in its statement that the company “strongly condemn[s] abuse of children in any form” and claimed execs were already “taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items.”

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The “Vanderpump Rules” star encouraged her followers to “do better,” “reject the darkness” and “find the light.”

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The “Vanderpump Rules” star encouraged her followers to “do better,” “reject the darkness” and “find the light.”

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Kent took issue with that part specifically, writing, “Yo, @balenciaga- YOU ARE THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE.”

“A lot of these brands are used to us being sheep. ‘They’re stupid, they’ll never notice.’” the reality star added. “Guess what- we notice & we aren’t shutting up. We must protect these kids.”

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She also blasted the brand’s apology, exclaiming, “YOU ARE THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE.”
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The photographer of the campaign, Gabriele Galimberti, spoke out on the matter after receiving “hundreds of hate mails and messages.”

“I am not in a position to comment [on] Balenciaga’s choices, but I must stress that I was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither choose the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same,” he insisted via Instagram on Wednesday, adding that “the direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed” were not within his control.

Galimberti further claimed that he has “no connection” to the picture containing the Supreme Court legal documents.

“That one was taken in another set by other people and was falsely associated with my photos,” he wrote.

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