Photo: Andreas Meixensperger

UK Bans FKA Twigs Calvin Klein Ad

FKA Twigs has not taken kindly to Great Britain’s decision to ban her Calvin Klein poster.

In its Wednesday (1.10) ruling, the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) removed the poster of the singer modeling a denim shirt draped over one shoulder that exposed the side of her rear end and half of one breast. 

According to the ruling, because the advert focused on her body rather than the clothes, the ASA stated “The ad used nudity and centered on FKA Twigs physical features rather than the clothing, to the extent that it presented her as a stereotypical sexual object.”

Born Tahliah Barnett, the British-born singer took to her Instagram account calling out the “double standards” behind the decision, writing:

“I do not see the ‘stereotypical sexual object’ that they have labelled me. i see a beautiful strong woman of colour whose incredible body has overcome more pain than you can imagine.” “In light of reviewing other campaigns past and current of this nature, i can’t help but feel there are some double standards here. so to be clear…” “I am proud of my physicality and hold the art i create with my vessel to the standards of women like josephine baker, eartha kitt and grace jones who broke down barriers of what it looks like to be empowered and harness a unique embodied sensuality. thank you to ck and (photographers) mert and marcus who gave me a space to express myself exactly how i wanted to – i will not have my narrative changed.” 

Per the current ban, ASA executives told Calvin Klein bosses to make sure that all future campaign imagery for the brand “does not irresponsibly objectify women and is appropriately targeted.”

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Andreas Meixensperger