H&M pulls nursing bra ads after protest over unrealistic body image

H&M pulls nursing bra ads after protest over unrealistic body image
Has this woman just given birth. Photo: H&M
Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M has pulled pictures advertising breastfeeding bras after saying it "understood" criticism over the lack of body diversity in the images.
The adverts for the brand's nursing bras featured thin models, none of whom showed the slightest trace of a post-baby belly, and were replaced on Thursday after criticism from Annonsrådet, a campaign group founded by advertising industry professionals. 
“This is a picture from H&M’s online shop, which shows a breast-feeding bra. But which, WHICH, new mum (or even not so new mum for that matter) looks like this?” the group wrote in an Instagram post.  

Klädföretag MÅSTE ta ansvar för den bild de förmedlar av oss kvinnor och tjejer. Det här är en bild från H&Ms webbshop, som visar en amnings-BH. Men vilken, VILKEN nyförslöst mamma (eller ej så nyförlöst mamma för den delen) ser ut såhär? Svaret är – ingen. Varför är det så farligt med sådana här bilder då? Jo, såhär: bilden av hur mammor direkt efter födsel ska komma tillbaka till sin “normala kropp” sätter en enorm press på kvinnor. Får kvinnor att må dåligt, ha ångest, känna sig mindre lyckade eftersom de inte lever upp till hur samhället tycker att mammor borde se ut. Snygga. Slanka. Smala. Alltid till för någon annan att titta på. Tänk om H&M istället skulle ta och använda sig av mammor som faktiskt är kvar i amningsstadiet? Tänk va!

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The campaigners said the company’s decision to use models who had not actually given birth was “dangerous” and added to the “enormous pressure” put on women to return to a “normal body” after childbirth. 
“Imagine if H&M instead took some responsibility and used mums who are actually still breastfeeding,” the group added. “Just imagine!”
Joanna Morell, press chief for H&M Sweden, told SVT Nyheter that the company understood the concerns. 
“It is true that we have taken down the pictures,” she said. “We understand our customers’ feedback and are going to take extra care in the future.” 
Journalist Marie Björk, in an opinion piece posted on SVT’s website, said that H&M’s choice of pictures had probably been completely unthinking. 
“Fat-shaming is so widespread and established that it seems natural to use skinny models whenever women are shown in underwear,” she wrote. “I don’t believe that they even realized that this was an out-and-out insult against the intended audience, that is to say those who are breastfeeding.” 

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