Fashion industry video accused of hyping prostitution

The short film, featuring clothes by Louis Vuitton, is angering feminist groups for showing supermodels walking the streets.

By Kim Peterson Mar 29, 2013 4:05PM
Credit: © Catwalking/Getty Images
Caption: A model walks the runway at the Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show during Paris Fashion WeekA three-minute video featuring clothes by Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) is coming under fire for showing supermodels walking the streets of Paris as prostitutes.

The video has no words and a classical music soundtrack, and shows dark and blurred images of models in lingerie waiting in dark alleyways. The women are also seen getting into cars at night and taking off their clothes in front of a car's headlights. Later, the video abruptly switches to scenes from a Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week.

Women's groups are saying the clip glamorizes prostitution. "It's a disturbing video because it combines two different worlds -- the refinement of haute couture and the violence of the sex trade," a spokeswoman for the French group Osez le Feminisme told Le Parisien. You can see the video here, but even with the nudity blurred out it's not something you want on at work or around the kids.

The video appears to be the brainchild of Katie Grand, the editor in chief of Britain's Love Magazine, and features Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and other models. As the backlash grew, Louis Vuitton appeared to back away from the video, telling The Telegraph that "this video was created and broadcast by Love."

For her part, Grand is apologizing, telling Fashionista that she is sorry for causing any offense. "It was certainly not our intention," she said.

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Mar 29, 2013 9:43PM

When did society become so damn sensitive and whiny???


Uh-oh! I bet I offended someone with this post! Heaven forbid...!!!!!!

Mar 29, 2013 9:47PM
MSN too wimpy to even link to video. Let me watch and make my own decision.
Apr 1, 2013 6:58AM
Can someone please explain the difference between a sreet walking prostitute and  a high fashion model who uses her " charms" to marry some rich sugar daddy?
Mar 29, 2013 10:46PM
did not see anyone handing them money so maybe they are just exhibitionists who like to wear ugly clothing.
Mar 30, 2013 2:04AM
Here I thought she was waiting for her ride to get to the fashion shoot... or is the message that wearing Louis Vuitton makes you feel like a prostitute?  or only prostitutes can afford Louis Vuitton????
Mar 30, 2013 1:44AM
...and yet it was a woman that came up with the idea.  I guess that shoots all sorts of holes in the theory that only men would make such stupid, sexist, misogynistic, and disrespectful commercials.
Apr 1, 2013 7:28AM

LOL!! They never intend to offend. Please, they know exactly what they were doing, and its working. Its called free PR. Not offended! What offends me is  "Women's Group" that speaks for me. I don't need them to tell me what offends me.

Apr 1, 2013 8:00AM

Prostitution is a tough job.  For those who choose that as a profession they must not only face public chastisement and legal hassling but also clients who can be very unsanitary and potentially mean and brutal.  They can even be murdered and no one really seems to care about their fate.  The fact that it is illegal is a double edged sword.  On one hand it makes the prices very high so the earnings potential is really good for those who can survive but on the other hand the risks are very high and it creates a situation where unscrupulous people force unwilling participants into the business for the money they can earn.  This even includes innocent children.


This fashion shoot is no more demeaning than using a fireman or policeman motif because prostitution is a profession just like any other.  While it may not be particularly glamorous it is a job and the ladies who choose to do it do so for the same reasons that anyone works.  Sadly though too many wind up involved in drugs and alcohol and other self destructive behavior.  If society regarded them like any other worker I wonder if they would be less likely to self destruct? 


I am sure that my comment will get a lot of hissy replies from the feminists but I have known several prostitutes.  My wife and I used to baby sit for them as they worked and they are just people trying to survive just like the rest of us.  We treat garbage men with more respect than we do prostitutes and that is really a shame.  As a society we discriminate against people for a lot of reasons and this is just one of them.  The Christians tend to forget that their Christ regarded them with the same care, love and respect that he did any others.   

Mar 29, 2013 10:50PM
most womens' movements have brought this upon themselves; by their actions or inactions due do certain female elements in ALL of them.  some are straight, gay/lesbian, militant, hippie type or environmentalist type; point is bad eggs in every group cause the problems.
Apr 1, 2013 6:28AM
When are people finally going to learn that SEX SELLS!!!
Mar 29, 2013 10:31PM
If you don't like it, don't watch it. Yeah, I know, the people griping the most are the ones watching it the most. That's why they're called protestants.
Apr 1, 2013 6:30AM
The feminazis are never satisfied. They are like p.e.t.a. they need to be ignored, and not given anymore publicity than is absolutely necessary.
Mar 29, 2013 11:55PM

I find the whole thing, somewhat humorous.....Guess some don't...Oh, well.


Just looks like kids trying to make a living or maybe breaking into the big time..

I'm sure they are thanking everyone for helping..??

Apr 1, 2013 9:14AM

   Watch the vid... closed set.... someone is P.O.d cause there body has eaten too many bon bons.

bet she was paid very well for her modeling!

Mar 30, 2013 1:54AM
How would you like to earn $50... the hard way. LOL  ( Rodney dangerfield)
Apr 1, 2013 6:19AM
damn women!!! walking on sidewalks...  getting into cars at night...  waiting (In a dark alley no less!!!)
Apr 1, 2013 6:56AM
The important thing is publicity ... getting your name out did she do such a bad job? I think not - they got right out there front page stuff 
Apr 1, 2013 10:12AM
I didn't see any "violence of the sex trade." It's a clever marketing device. And anyway, women should feel free to sell sex if they want to!
Apr 1, 2013 10:17AM
Well this made the news and got Louis Vinton publicity - looks like a very smart move on their behave to me.
If you have nothing better to do than complain about a commercial that (maybe) shows prostitutes you need to get a life.
I like it!

Apr 1, 2013 10:22AM
I like the way the look; I hope they don't charge too much!!!!!!!!
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