FKA Twigs Defies Censorship: «I Do Not See a Stereotypical Sexual Object» in Response to Calvin Klein Ad Ban
In a recent Calvin Klein campaign photographed by industry legend Mert Alas, Jeremy Allen White gained attention with black and white images capturing him in various states of undress. The internet went ablaze with the viral photos, but controversy arises as fellow campaign face FKA twigs faces censorship in the UK.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned FKA twigs’ image, stating it portrayed her as a «stereotypical sexual object.» The ASA expressed concern that the nudity focused on her physical features rather than the advertised clothing, deeming it irresponsible and likely to cause offense. Twigs responded, expressing pride in her physicality and citing double standards in the treatment of similar campaigns.
This incident sheds light on societal double standards, with parallels drawn to Instagram’s history of shadowbanning diverse body types. FKA twigs’ censorship also highlights gender disparities, as male counterparts like Jeremy Allen White face little criticism for similar content.
In a statement, Calvin Klein defended the campaign, asserting that the images were not vulgar but portrayed two confident and empowered women, including Kendall Jenner, who identified with the brand. The incident underscores the ongoing struggle for women’s agency and autonomy over their bodies and self-expression.
FKA Twigs, known for her multifaceted artistry, expressed frustration over the censorship and thanked Calvin Klein and Mert & Marcus for allowing her to express herself authentically. The controversy raises questions about societal expectations and the need for a more inclusive and accepting representation in the media.