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Father of British child model who posed in Balenciaga bondage-themed campaign defends photo shoot

The father of a British child model who posed holding X-rated teddy bears in bondage gear for Balenciaga’s BDSM-themed fashion shoot today defended the warped campaign — saying his daughter had a “fantastic time” posing for the photos.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, the father said he was present at the shoot, which was “a fun day out” – stressing that the bizarre photos were “completely taken out of context.”

“No parent would actively encourage the child to participate in anything pornographic, and I think the publicity surrounding what happened has been blown out of all proportion,” he said.

The stuffed animals featured in the Christmas campaign are scantily clad, wearing S&M-esque harnesses with chains and buttons – to promote the designer’s collection of ‘plush bear’ handbags – and calling for a boycott on social media.

The anonymous father of a British child model who posed holding X-rated teddy bears in bondage gear for Balenciaga’s BDSM-themed fashion shoot today defended the warped campaign. In the photo: one of the children in the campaign

Fashion brand Balenciaga recently apologized for what many believe is a photoshoot that amounts to child pornography, featuring two young girls holding a teddy bear, dressed in a BDSM outfit.  In the photo: one of the children in the campaign

Fashion brand Balenciaga recently apologized for what many believe is a photoshoot that amounts to child pornography, featuring two young girls holding a teddy bear, dressed in a BDSM outfit.  In the photo: one of the children in the campaign

Fashion brand Balenciaga recently apologized for what many believe is a photoshoot that amounts to child pornography, featuring two young girls holding a teddy bear, dressed in a BDSM outfit. In the photo: one of the children in the campaign

Balenciaga – popular with A-list stars Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Nicole Kidman – issued a full apology for the campaign, saying child abuse in all forms was “strongly” condemned.

Balenciaga and photographer Gabriele Galimberti faced outrage over the campaign, but the father of one of the child models has now defended the shoot.

He said Galimberti was “innocent” of any wrongdoing and revealed the models were all children of Balenciaga employees who were at the shoot and endorsed the campaign.

Anonymously he said: ‘I feel very sorry for Gabriele, this had nothing to do with him directly and he was just taking the pictures as requested by Balenciaga. The children’s parents were at the shoot and they approved.

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti captured the photos of children holding a teddy bear dressed in a BDSM outfit, which infuriated hundreds of people online. The father of one of the girls says he feels “desperately sorry” for him

‘Gabriele is an accomplished photographer and he in no way deserves the abuse he received, the parents all knew what they were doing and the kids had a fantastic time on the shoot.

“He is innocent and unfairly involved in all of this. It was a very nice day, but it’s all ruined now because people have taken it all out of context and created an international media frenzy.

“If at any point I felt it was inappropriate I would have stepped in and I’m sure the other parents would have done the same, but no one did.”

Another source revealed to MailOnline that the models used in the photo shoot were “children of Balenciaga employees” and had been “active participants” in the day-long assignment that took place in Paris earlier this month.

The Balenciaga photographer said he is being “lynched” over a bondage-themed campaign centering on children, claiming he had no creative control.

The photos – which have now been removed from the company’s website – showed a young red-haired child standing on a soft pink bed while holding a white teddy bag by its leather strap.

Not only did the bear have leather bracelets with spikes on the bear’s arms and legs, he was also dressed in a mesh top with a chain and a padlock around his neck, while another appears to be wearing a black lace thong.

Outraged parents were furious with the company after images were posted on social media of one father saying, “Jesus, that’s just creepy and wrong,” while another wrote “this is absolutely bizarre and disturbing.”

Balenciaga has since apologized for the campaign and removed the images from his social media platforms, while promising a “full investigation.”

In a statement, the company said the campaign has been discontinued and that “plush bear bags should not have been used with children in this campaign.”

The company also said they are taking legal action “against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items for our Spring 23 campaign photoshoot.”

The statement continued: “We strongly condemn child abuse in any form.”

Balenciaga apologized for the campaign, blaming the photographer for the “disgusting” campaign which shows children holding bondage-clad teddy bear handbags

On his Instagram page, Galimberti apologized saying he was not in creative control of the shoot and was only in charge of lighting.

He said: ‘I am not in a position to comment [on] Balenciga’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.’

Galimberti continued, ‘As a photographer, I was only and exclusively asked to illuminate (sic) the given scene and to take the pictures according to my signature style.

‘As usual, the direction of the campaign and the shots is not in the hands of the photographer.’

He concluded: ‘I suspect that any person prone to pedophilia searches the Internet and unfortunately has too easy access to images completely different from my own, absolutely explicit in their horrible content. This kind of lynching targets the wrong targets and distracts from the real problem, and criminals.”

According to his website, Galimberti has been featured in National Geographic, The Sunday Times, Stern, Geo, Le Monde, La Repubblica, and Marie Claire.

More recently, Balenciaga was in the news after they became one of several brands to cut ties with rapper Kanye West, aka Ye, after he made a series of anti-Semitic remarks.

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