Balenciaga Loses Fashion Award After Controversial Ad Scandal

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Leading fashion industry publication, The Business of Fashion (BoF), announced they are withdrawing the Global VOICES Award for 2022 that was given to Balenciaga’s creative director Demna. The announcement follows the scandalous Balenciaga ad campaign showing young children posing with teddy bears wearing BDSM-inspired products.  A statement from BoF read, “At BoF, we hold the safety of children in the highest regard.”  Amid ongoing controversy, a response came from Balenciaga that it could have “done things differently.”