I can't understand why the FKA twigs Calvin Klein ad was banned

FKA twigs in Calvin Klein ad
(Image credit: Calvin Klein)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a Calvin Klein advert featuring singer FKA twigs. In response, she has called them out on their “double standards”, and I have to agree with her. 

According to the ASA, the ad depicted the star as a “stereotypical sexual object,” as it showed her with a denim shirt draped halfway around her body “leaving the side of her buttocks and half of one breast exposed.” Meanwhile, the text at the top of the poster reads, “Calvins or nothing.” (For some less controversial adverts, see our best print ads roundup.)

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Adam England

Adam is a freelance journalist covering culture and lifestyle, with over five years’ of experience and a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University. He’s previously written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Dazed, and was Senior Editor at DogTime.com from 2022 to 2023. When he’s not writing, he’s probably drinking coffee, listening to live music, or tinkering with his Apple devices.