Luxury fashion house Balenciaga erases its Instagram feed to take a stand for Iranian women

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga erases its Instagram feed to take a stand for Iranian women

The brand left a single post to declare their solidarity with and honour the memory of Mahsa Amini, who died in Iranian morality police custody and sparked worldwide protests.
06 Oct, 2022

Balenciaga, the luxury fashion brand founded in 1919 by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, is making a statement by erasing its Instagram feed save for one post declaring their solidarity with Iranian women.

On Wednesday, the brand shared a blank white picture with three words on it — Woman, Life and Freedom in both English and Persian. “Balenciaga, Kering and the Kering Foundation have always supported the fight for women’s fundamental rights and freedom. We stand with all Iranian women, in memory of Mahsa,” it wrote in the caption.

Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old Iranian woman whose death shook the country. She was arrested by the morality police for breaching Iran’s strict hijab dress code and died during detention. Her death sparked protests across Iran and the rest of the world led by women mourning the deceased and standing up against the oppressive rules set for women. As an act of protest, many women cut their hair.

Asghar Farhadi, Iran’s two-time Oscar winning director, also took a stand for his fellow countrywomen. He released a video message on Instagram on September 25, urging people worldwide to “stand in solidarity” with protesters. Praising the “progressive and courageous women”, he said, “They are looking for simple yet fundamental rights that the state has denied them for years.”

American makeup artist and owner of Huda Beauty, Huda Kattan, has also been vocal about the situation. “My heart is with all the brave women in the world fighting for their rights to represent themselves, with and without hijab. It’s been heartbreaking to see women being stripped of their rights to wear hijab and now to see women being beaten to death for not wearing it. This is all oppression,” she wrote on Instagram.

At least 92 people have been killed as Iran has cracked down on women-led protests sparked, the Iran Human Rights group claimed on Sunday. Iranian security forces have been deployed at universities in several cities on Wednesday, to quell more than two weeks of protests.


Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 06, 2022 12:56pm
How about the helpless, feeble, weak, trifle, abused, killed, brutalized, subjugated, hapless and besieged women folks since last 75 long and painful years in Israeli occupied Palestine and the India-attacked, India-invaded, India-occupied, India-held, India-abused and India-annexed Jammu and Kashmir?
M. Saeed Oct 06, 2022 01:33pm
Great solidarity move with suppressed Iranian ladies in search of their place in the contemporary world!
NYS Oct 06, 2022 02:57pm
Why Iran officials are not surrendering to curb the agitation between mass and deployed??? Overcome the situation otherwise anarchy spread
Faizan Oct 06, 2022 03:14pm
These companies are just hypocrites. Where's this energy for the women who are victims of barbaric, savage atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir? Asifa Bano, Asiya and Neelofar Jan and thousands of others. Not a word for them from these companies. Not even a word for the Palestinian women suffering under Israeli rule.
Carkun Oct 06, 2022 04:42pm
Money talks
Abdul S Oct 06, 2022 05:10pm
Nothing from the human rights crusader called Pakistan amd OIC?
Bunny Oct 06, 2022 07:22pm
what a fine way of increasing their sales in this country and also those supporting this issue . its all money ..... honey ....