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Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid slammed for silence on disturbing Balenciaga campaign

They can’t bear this anymore.

Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid are some of the celebrities sued by fans Balenciaga for its awkward ads featuring children holding teddy bears dressed in bondage-style armour.

The luxury fashion house drew the controversial campaign Tuesday amid setbacks. The next day, Balenciaga deleted every photo from his Instagram, but left the Story highlights – being inclusive sorry for the bad news bears.

In case you misinterpret the scrub on social media as a couture cover-up, the extravagant brand claimed in a Wednesday statement to The Post that it’s on as usual.

“Balenciaga’s Instagram is periodically wiped after each campaign, collection release, etc,” a rep noted.

Bella Hadid, 26, appeared to be posting and then quickly deleting photos of a Balenciaga campaign she was involved in.
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The ads supported Balenciaga’s Spring 2023 collection, which debuted at Paris Fashion Week this fall.

Amid the outcry Wednesday, Hadid seemed to insert and then remove an Instagram carousel featuring several photos from her recent Balenciaga campaign. A representative for Hadid did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.

The supermodel, 26, has not publicly condemned the fashion house since the bear ads were pulled. However, fans praised her for deleting the photos.

“Thanks for deleting that other post,” said one Instagrammer wrote.

A young girl holds a plush teddy bear dressed in BDSM-style armor in this pulled-in Balenciaga campaign image.
A young girl holds a plush teddy bear dressed in BDSM-style armor in this pulled-in Balenciaga campaign image.
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The 42-year-old Kardashian is also being called upon to speak out publicly against the company. The Skims founder has a long history with Balenciaga, including posing in the 2022 winter campaign and walking in his Parisian couture fashion show in July.

That experience will be appropriate much to see in Thursday’s episode from “The Kardashians” on Hulu.

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A source close to Kardashian said Wednesday: “Like everyone else, Kim was incredibly upset and distressed by the holiday campaign. As a mother, she will not tolerate any form of abuse or exploitation of children.”

The source continued: “After speaking privately with the Balenciaga team and seeing them immediately remove the campaign footage and publicly apologize, she hopes they have learned from this incident and it will never happen again.”

Kim Kardashian, a mother of four, is being urged by fans to speak out against Balenciaga's recently withdrawn bondage-inspired campaign.
Kim Kardashian, a mother of four, is being urged by fans to speak out against Balenciaga’s recently withdrawn bondage-inspired campaign.
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Fans have flooded Kardashian’s Instagram comments urging her to address the problematic ads.

“Nobody wants to buy anything from you. Speak up and stand for something,” one angry fan responded to her post that promoted a sale on her skin care line.

“Please talk about Balenciaga. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ve been such a big supporter of them,” pleaded one fan.

“When are you going to respond Kim?! Your reputation is on the line here,’ pleaded another.

‘You are a mother. Don’t let it slide,’ another prodded the mother of four.

Nicole Kidman Balenciaga ad on Instagram
Nicole Kidman, 55, posted this Balenciaga campaign photo to Instagram on Monday.
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Hadid, Dua Lipa, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Campbell joined Kardashian in the star-studded runway show in Paris. None of these ladies seem to have covered the BDSM style ads publicly.

Kidman posted a photo of a Balenciaga campaign on Instagram on Monday. It was still there Wednesday night.

Stars like Alexa Demie, Kim Yeon-koung, Khadim Sock and Big Matthew also appeared in the winter ’22 campaign. They too have not yet publicly condemned the brand at the time of the press.

“Vanderpump Rules” star Lala knowshowever, exclaimed Balenciaga in an Instagram storystating on Wednesday that she is “glad she doesn’t own a single piece of Balenciaga.”

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Also on Wednesday, photographer Gabriele Galimberti, who worked on the campaign, issued his own statement after the pictures were taken, insisting that he was not responsible for what was in the pictures.

“I am not in a position to comment [on] Balenciaga’s choices, but I must emphasize that I had no right in any way to choose neither the products, nor the models, nor the combination thereof,” wrote Galimberti.

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