Gucci slammed for ‘irresponsible’ ad featuring ‘unhealthily thin’ model
The ad, which appeared on The Times’ website in December last year, included several photos of models posing. The ad was investigated after one complainant argued the models were unhealthily thin, making the ad irresponsible. Gucci said the ads were part of a video that portrayed a dance party and was aimed at an older, sophisticated audience. The Times and the luxury fashion retailer said it was, to some extent, a subjective issue as to whether a model looked unhealthily thin. The brand believed both models had slim builds, but were not depicted in a way that could be interpreted as unhealthily thin. It said nowhere in the ads were any models’ “bones” visible, their makeup was natural rather than heavy (which might have accentuated the impression of thinness), lighting was uniform and warm to ensure there were no hollows caused by shadows and their clothes were not revealing. The ASA was not as positive, however, about another model leaning against a wall.
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