An advertising campaign for the Calvin Klein brand featuring singer FKA Twigs has been banned in Britain. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the image of Talia Barnett (the singer's real name - Ed.), taken by famous fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, was offensive because it objectified women.
The department has received two complaints alleging that FKA's promotional poster, in which part of her body is covered by a denim shirt and another part is naked, is "overly sexualized." and "irresponsible". The ASA upheld the complaints and noted that "the composition of the image focuses viewers' attention on the model's body rather than on the advertised clothing."
Previously, complaints had been received about other brand campaigns, for example, with Kendall Jenner, but then the department considered that they did not exceed the level of nudity expected from lingerie advertising.
The singer commented on the ban on her own image, calling the management's decision hypocritical. “I don’t see myself as the ‘stereotypical sex object’ that they labeled me as. I see a beautiful, strong woman of color whose incredible body has overcome more pain than you can imagine. In light of other past and current campaigns of this kind, I can’t help but feel like there is a double standard here,” FKA wrote under the post and noted that she was happy with her body.
“I am proud of my physicality and believe that the art I create with my body lives up to the standards of women like Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt and Grace Jones, who broke down barriers to what it looks like to be strong and tap into a unique embodied sensibility. Thank you to Calvin Klein and Mert and Marcus for giving me the space to express myself exactly the way I want - I won't let my story be changed."