British singer and actress FKA twigs, set to star in the upcoming reboot of The Crow, has openly criticized the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for banning her semi-nude Calvin Klein advertisement. The authority condemned the ad for depicting FKA twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, as a “stereotypical sexual object.”
In a strong response on Instagram, FKA twigs challenged the decision, highlighting what she perceives as “double standards” in the advertising world. She contrasted her ad with other Calvin Klein campaigns that featured models in minimal attire, questioning the inconsistency in the authority’s rulings.
FKA twigs defended her portrayal in the advertisement, asserting her view of herself as a resilient and strong woman of color, rather than a sexual object. Her perspective has received support from notable figures like Michaela Coel, the acclaimed creator of “I May Destroy You,” who commended the ad for its bravery and power.
The Advertising Standards Authority has not commented on FKA twigs’ statement. In their ruling, they criticized the ad for focusing more on the model’s physique than the clothing being advertised. Meanwhile, Calvin Klein has stood by their campaign, claiming it embodies a progressive and enlightened message.
The controversy has sparked a broader conversation about representation, objectification, and standards in advertising, bringing to light the challenges and double standards that persist in the industry.