Kim Kardashian Addresses Controversial Balenciaga Child Photo Shoot, Reportedly Declined Offer to Work With Brand

Kim Kardashian released a stern statement in response to a controversial Balenciaga photo shoot featuring children posing with BDSM teddy bears.

Kim Kardashian arrives at the 11th Annual LACMA Art and Film Gala.

Kim Kardashian arrives at the 11th Annual LACMA Art and Film Gala.

Kim Kardashian arrives at the 11th Annual LACMA Art and Film Gala.

UPDATED 12/1/22, 11:05 a.m. ET: Kim Kardashian declined an offer to work with Balenciaga and made the decision to not wear pieces from the brand to upcoming events, TMZ, who cited sources, reports. Kardashian reportedly declined the offer prior to releasing a statement on the controversy surrounding the brand.

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Kim Kardashian released a statement on Sunday, addressing the controversy surrounding a recent Balenciaga photo shoot featuring children holding teddy bears that appear to be in bondage gear. 

I thought people were trolling, but nope. It’s real. Maybe this is why Balenciaga left Twitter. They don’t want to be held accountable. Yes, these are children holding teddy bears dressed in bondage outfits.

— Sav! (@thisissavvy1) November 21, 2022

Kardashian broke her silence earlier today, explaining why she waited so long to speak out. She said she was “disgusted and outraged” by the images.

I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted 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.

— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022

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.

— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022

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 Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2022

Kardashian posted an additional message on her Instagram Stories in which she indicated that she’s in the process of re-evaluating her relationship with Balenciaga. 

“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.”  

The brand has since issued an apology and vowed to remove the campaign immediately.

Balenciaga cut ties with the artist formerly known as Kanye West last month after he made a series of anti-Semitic remarks and wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt during the YZY Season 9 presentation in Paris.

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