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Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Balenciaga ad scandal: I am ‘disgusted’ and ‘shaken’

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After a week of silence, Kim Kardashian denounced the controversial Balenciaga ad campaign that depicted children with bondage-style attire.

The ad images came under fire last week as people noticed the odd outfits fashioned onto the stuffed animals, as well as some mysterious court documents that alluded to child abuse and pornography.

The likes of Kardashian and Bella Hadid, who have strong ties to the luxury fashion house, were slammed on social media for keeping tight-lipped about the ongoing controversy. While Hadid, 26, seemingly deleted an Instagram post promoting the brand, fans couldn’t bear the deafening silence, demanding a formal statement from the A-listers.

Kim Kardashian finally broke her silence on the Balenciaga campaign showing kids with bondage-style gear.

Kardashian claimed she wanted to give brand, that she has a close partnership with, an opportunity to discuss the situation with her personally. Out of immense protectiveness for her own children, the safety of kids is her top priority, she said in a statement online.

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The reality star explained her silence, which sparked outrage online.
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The “disgusted” SKIMS and SKKN founder even hinted at discontinuing her relationship with the brand, saying she is “re-evaluating” as new information arises.

“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,” the 42-year-old mogul tweeted to begin a lengthy thread.

“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 continued. “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.”

“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 — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children,” she ended the thread.

Kardashian has been linked to the brand for a while now, appearing in their fall 2022 collection campaign in a striking blue gown, the designer’s apparel from an Adidas collab and, of course, who could forget her infamous caution tape catsuit.

Despite the drawn-out, four-part statement from the reality TV star, fans weren’t convinced that she was genuine, accusing her of being insincere and only caring about “money.”

“I don’t believe that you’re being sincere at all,” one user sneered. “I think you were just hoping that it would blow over. There’s no way that they paid for an ad campaign, didn’t look it over thoroughly before they put it out there. Seems like it’s more about money for you.”

“This is laughable at best. And it’s only because they cut you a check quit playin,” another jabbed.

“I can see now why Kanye wants to protect his kids at all costs! Pathetic statement!” someone else quipped of Ye, formerly known as Kanye West and the ex-husband of the reality icon. The rapper was let go from his partnership with Balenciaga following his hateful tirades online against the Jewish community last month.

After the brand denounced his anti-Semitic remarks, Balenciaga wasted no time pulling the BDSM-style children’s ad after outraged viewers demanded it.

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The mogul said she wanted to give the brand the opportunity to talk to her first-hand.
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Kim Kardashian tweets
Despite the lengthy statement, fans weren’t pacified by her response.
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“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,” the brand said in a statement to The Post.

“We apologize for displaying unsettling documents in our campaign,” the statement 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 safety and well-being.”

Balenciaga filed a $25 million lawsuit against the production company North Six, Inc. and Nicholas Des Jardins, the set designer, for the bizarre imagery. According to the court documents, the fashion house is filing the suit “to seek redress for extensive damages defendants caused in connection with an advertising campaign Balenciaga hired them to produce.”

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Other stars of Kardashian status have been slammed for their association and subsequent silence on the controversy.
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The brand even claimed the production company included some of the images without its knowledge, calling the breach of trust “malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless.”

Despite appearing on Balenciaga’s website as a full advertising campaign for their children’s department, the luxe company claims the images are being wrongfully associated with them.

“As a result of Defendants’ misconduct, members of the public, including the news media, have falsely and horrifically associated Balenciaga with the repulsive and deeply disturbing subject of the court decision,” read the court papers. “Defendants are liable to Balenciaga for all harm resulting from this false association.”

Infuriated Twitter users volleyed cruel messages towards the ad’s photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who took to Instagram to set the record straight.

According to his statement, his hands were tied — he was unable to control the content and set-up of the shoot itself and was only given lighting and camera liberties. He was hired to simply put his “signature style” to work and didn’t have any say in the “direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed.”

Other A-listers flocked to social media to weigh in on the controversy, like “Vanderpump Rules” star Lala Kent, who called the images “horrifying.” Meanwhile, others were caught in the crossfire, put on the hot seat for wearing anything branded with the Balenciaga label.

Now, any association with the luxe fashion brand results in online fury and has even prompted some Balenciaga wearers to trash their pricey handbags. Even “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Guidice was slammed online for flaunting a white sweater covered in black “Balenciaga” logotype.



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This Off-the-Shoulder Sequin Top Is Perfect for New Year’s Eve — On Sale Now!

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Our closet is like a New Year’s Eve graveyard, filled with the sequined skeletons of past holiday outfits we’ve since discarded. That’s the thing about New Year’s — it often feels like a waste of money for just a few hours of fun. Rather than splurge on a sparkly dress you’ll only wear once, we recommend buying a staple piece you can style over and over again. Our top choice? This off-the-shoulder shirt that’s currently on sale from Amazon.

Adorned with sequins and available in 12 different colors, this trendy top features a flattering silhouette that complements all figures. The drapey style shows off a little skin while still covering trouble areas on arms, and the relaxed fit skims curves nicely. You can mix and match this statement shirt with a variety of bottoms, from high-waisted pants to a mini skirt. Since the options are endless, you’re getting more bang for your buck.

Read on to find out why this sequin shirt is a New Year’s Eve necessity!

Get the Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top for just $36 (originally $45) at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, December 23, 2022, but are subject to change.

The Anna-Kaci Women’s Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sequin Top is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party! The unofficial dress code of the holiday is sequins, so you’ll fit right in. Bonus: this top is surprisingly comfortable.

We also love the versatility of this sparkly shirt. As everyone else around you is freezing in frocks, you can choose to complete your ensemble with warm pants or a blazer on top. Pair this shirt with faux leather pants in the winter or shorts in the summer! Stick with a solid shade, or go all out with a multicolored or ombré option.

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Take this sparkly shirt from a holiday party to a concert! Stand out on any special occasion in this fun top that will earn you all the compliments. As one shopper said, “This shirt was perfect for attending a bling Christmas party. It fit well and shined brightly. It’s perfect for events.” Another customer gushed, “This shirt is everything! Comfy, flattering and makes this boxy girl have a waist!” And if you’re worried about this top feeling less than luxe, just read this rave review: “Many sequined tops and dresses look more like a costume to me, but this one doesn’t. I ordered for a concert but feel like it is something I will also wear on other occasions.”

On New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, rock this one-shoulder sequin shirt, on sale now at Amazon!

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‘Babylon’ stars Margot Robbie, Jean Smart fear deepfakes: ‘Year 3000 porn’

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Jean Smart and Margot Robbie aren’t so fond of advanced technology in Hollywood.

During promotion for the film “Babylon” — which documents the rise and fall of characters in 1920s Hollywood — the cast of the movie was asked what they believe will be the next big shift in Tinseltown.

In Entertainment Weekly’s “Around the Table” video series, almost all the actors who joined — including Robbie, Smart, Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li — agreed they were concerned about deepfakes.

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to manipulate videos and replace the likeness of one person with another.

Margot Robbie and Diego Calva in “Babylon.”
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“Are they just going to take our faces, and we won’t even be going to work anymore?” Robbie, 32, said.

“So creepy,” Pitt, 59, chimed in.

Smart echoed the concern but pointed out that their likeness can be used even after they’re gone.

“Or after you’re dead, they’ll go, ‘Oh, let’s put Margot Robbie in that movie’ — a hundred years from now, having her doing God knows what. And your estate will have to sue them. It’ll be horrible, Margot,” the 71-year-old actress said.

Margot Robbie, left, and Li Jun Li in "Babylon."
Margot Robbie and Li Jun Li in “Babylon.”
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The “Hacks” star continued saying that she’s troubled by seeing Marilyn Monroe in TV commercials and Fred Astaire in Coke commercials due to the technology in Hollywood — and said she will not be OK with her likeness being used after she’s dead.

“Unless my kids are getting rich off it. Of course. In that case, then it’s all right,” Smart quipped.

But there’s one thing that is absolutely off the table for Smart’s likeness.

“I don’t want to be in a year-3000 porn,” she added.

Jean Smart in "Babylon."
Jean Smart said she will not be OK with her likeness being used after she’s dead.
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Meanwhile, some celebrities are already using deepfakes for projects.

Back in September, it was reported that an AI platform created a “digital twin” of Bruce Willis, who was diagnosed with aphasia — a brain disorder that affects his ability to communicate, which will allow him to appear on screen after his retirement from acting.

The “Die Hard” actor’s deepfake already made its debut in August 2021 when his face was “grafted” onto Konstantin Solovyov for a commercial for MegaFon, a Russian telecommunications company.

His estate has the final say on what’s created with his face.

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Erika Jayne is spotted in LA as she sports a pale blue sweatsuit and sunglasses during shopping trip

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Make-up free Erika Jayne shops for expensive Christmas gifts at luxury store Hermès in LA – amid the RHOBH star’s money woes

Erika Jayne went without makeup as she shopped in Los Angeles days before Christmas.

The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses. 

The 51-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – who has been battling money woes ever since her ex husband was declared bankrupt – was dressed expensively in a pale blue Alexander Wang sweatsuit and sneakers.

Bare face: Erika Jayne went without makeup as she shopped in Los Angeles days before Christmas

The platinum blonde beauty wore her locks bone straight, styled in an undefined part as they cascaded over her shoulders.

She looked cozy in her crew neck top and matching loose-fitting sweats, which she coordinated with pale pink and blue sneakers. 

Erika carried an Hermès bag on her arm as she carried a small, bottled water with pristinely manicured hands.

She was out and about by herself as she fit in some retail therapy two days before Christmas.

Under the radar: The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses

Under the radar: The fashionista was low-key as she wore a pair of oversized glossy black rectangle-shaped sunglasses

Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna.

Both women flaunted their long, toned legs as they wore dresses to the event hosted by friend Sanela Diana Jenkins.

Jayne took to Instagram to share a snapshot from the gathering in which she and Lisa kicked their legs up.

‘This was the BEST Christmas party EVER!!!’ she wrote in the caption as the photo showed her in a luxe white fur coat.

Season's greetings: Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna

Season’s greetings: Last weekend Erika got into the holiday spirit as she attended a Christmas party with friend and costar Lisa Rinna

The fashion-forward socialite donned a pair of pointy-toe metallic purple heels as she sat in a chair designed to look like a sleigh.

Rinna was equally stylish in a cream blazer dress with a black satin collar and gold accoutrements set in a pattern.

She added a pair of knee-high black leather boots and carried a metallic gold clutch.

Erika finished her caption with a shoutout to Lisa as she wrote: ‘thanks for babysitting me and telling me what happened at the party.’

Looking great: The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People's Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates

Looking great: The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People’s Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates

The two gal pals were also spotted together earlier this month as they attended the 2022 People’s Choice Awards with their Bravo TV castmates. 

For her part, Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design.

Rinna, who’s feuding with Kathy Hilton amid the RHOBH hiatus, donned a long black dress with a plunging neckline. 

Engaging with her 2.5 million followers on Instagram, Jayne shared photos and wrote in a caption: ‘I had fun last night.’

Hot! Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design

Hot! Erika wore a long, mock neck bodycon dress with a trendy, nude silhouette graphic design

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