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Louboutin seeks withdrawal of far-right ad campaign
Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin is asking a Belgian court to stop a far-right campaign from using his iconic stilettos for a poster denouncing Islam, the Belga news agency reported yesterday. The poster by Flemish group Women against Islamization shows the bare legs of a former beauty queen wearing signature red-soled Louboutins as she lifts up a black dress. Words etched along the naked leg mark potential skirt lengths - ranging from “Sharia compatible” at the ankle to “stoning” high up a thigh. The poster is loosely inspired by a photograph by Canadian feminist Rosea Lake which went viral in January, called Judgements, depicting various skirt lengths ranging from “matronly” to “whore”. The poster carries the slogan “Freedom or Islam” as well as the group’s web address. According to Belga, the legs are those of Anke Van Dermeersch, Miss Belgium in 1991 but now a senator for far-right party Vlaams Belang. Louboutin says the ad tarnishes his image and demands an emergency ‘cease and desist’ ruling from an Antwerp trade court. A decision is expected Friday.