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What's Going On at Balenciaga?

The French fashion house is known for pushing boundaries, but many people believe it has gone too far in its latest campaigns, which have been accused of sexualizing children. The label has apologized and is suing a production company. Kim Kardashian has said she's reevaluating her relationship with the brand; her former husband, Kanye West, says the scandal proves that "all celebrities are controlled." And so far no one has explained who conceived the campaign and approved the images.

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    The Background to the Controversy

    The timeline of what happened at Balenciaga and the brand's initial response.

    Balenciaga is under fire for an ad of kids holding teddy bears in harnesses. Here's a complete timeline of the controversy.

    Balenciaga is under fire for an ad of kids holding teddy bears in harnesses. Here's a complete timeline of the controversy.

    The Reactions

    How celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are responding to the scandal.

    What's Next for the Brand

    One big question remains to be answered: How did this happen?

    The Price of Provocation: What’s Next for Balenciaga?

    The Price of Provocation: What’s Next for Balenciaga?

    Accusations of child pornography, conspiracy theories and calls for cancellation. Balenciaga has found itself embroiled in crisis, offering a stark lesson in how fashion’s penchant for provocation can snowball into scandal, ensnaring everyone nearby, from influencers to contractors and …

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