klara kristin defends her controversial calvin klein campaign

'Be and love yourself and your sexuality,' the 23-year-old actress wrote on Instagram following accusations that the campaign was promoting sexual harassment.

by Hannah Ongley
17 May 2016, 8:52pm

Klara Kristin's Mad Libs-style photos for Calvin Klein's "Erotica" underwear campaign are certainly garnering the young actress a lot of attention. Not all of it has been positive: a billboard depicting Kristin "seducing" in her Calvins next to Fetty Wap "making money" in his was targeted for sexism back in March. Her latest summery and suggestive shot is drawing comparisons to the voyeuristic "upskirt" photos that are currently dividing state courts in the U.S. Not everyone is in agreement that the campaign crosses the line — including its 23-year-old model, who has taken to Instagram to defend her photo. 

"I LOVE this photo @harleyweir took of me," she wrote in a caption on Sunday. " ...all this discussion about it makes me think about how alienated and scared some people are to the female human body... Be and love yourself and your sexuality #girlpower @calvinklein"

Some commenters have praised Kristin's stance. "Awesome shot," wrote one, while another pointed out that it's "far less revealing than many of the bikini posts you find here on Instagram." However other people are taking issue with the photo playing into a "voyeuristic male fantasy" rather than with the amount of skin shown. One thing is for sure: this is hardly the first time Calvin Klein has been accused of pushing boundaries. The brand's 1981 ad starring a wide-eyed Brooke Shields drew similar criticisms, with one notable difference: Shields was younger than Kristin by nearly a decade. 


Text Hannah Ongley
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