Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.
Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.
They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.
Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.
“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”
At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.
Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.
Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”
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