Bachelor’s Lauren Burnham burns Balenciaga shoes

Reality stars Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. burned Balenciaga shoes amidst ‘child exploitation’ controversy. 

According to reports, the Bachelor stars have reportedly denounced international luxury brand, Balenciaga, known for producing ready-to-wear, footwear, handbags, and accessories amidst controversy that it condones exploitation and torture of children. The Bachelor alums took to their Instagram on December 1 to denounce Balenciaga. The two reportedly made it clear that they do not stand by the controversial brand’s recent advert campaigns. 

The reality couple issued a joint video statement in which they burnt Balenciaga shoes as Burnham said “Bye Balenciaga” while showing a peace out sign. The couple captioned the post “won’t miss ya”, according to E! News. The move garnered support from Bachelor Nation member Hannah Ann Sluss, who commented, “And good”.

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The Bachelor‘s couple are not the only celebrities to stand against Balenciaga. According to international media reports, Brittany Aldean wife of country singer Jason Aldean, shared a picture in which she was holding Balenciaga items including shoes, purses, and clothes, and wrote, “It’s trash day @balenciaga”. The country music singer stood in support of his wife. Meanwhile, Lala Kent of the Vanderpump Rules said, “we need to do better. The well-being of our world and it’s innocent beings depends on it”. 

Likewise, socialite and businesswoman, Kim Kardashian of Keeping Up with the Kardashians expressed that she is “shaken” and “disgusted”. After criticism surrounding Balenciaga’s campaigns mounted, Kardashian claimed that she was looking into “re-evaluating her relationship” adding that as a “mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images”. The fashion icon added that she is in talks with Balenciaga and believes, “they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again”.

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It is pertinent to note that although previous scandals only bolstered the repute of the brand, as one that defines “the very meaning of “taste””, their latest campaigns have opened Pandora’s box. One of their controversial campaigns featured pictures of children striking poses with handbags that look like teddy bears – believed to be used as “bondage gear” (you can refer to BDSM for the concept). The other showed featured photos of papers about child pornography laws. The campaigns have led to what is being considered the internet’s most “explicit collisions” with culture, politics, and fashion.

After criticism poured in, the brand issued a statement, “We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intent to include it in our narrative”. They also filed a $25 million lawsuit against the production company that was involved in the campaign on November 25. 

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