Cara Delevingne’s ‘sexist’ Jimmy Choo ad faces backlash over catcalling

The model turned actress is repeatedly catcalled in the 'tone deaf' advert.

Jimmy Choo has come under fire for its ‘sexist’ Christmas advert which features Cara Delevingne.

The ad for the shoe designer shows the model turned actress strutting down a New York street in a slinky dress and new pair of Jimmy Choo boots as she heads to a hot dog stand for her “usual” on the way to the club.

She’s repeatedly catcalled, with men telling her that she looks great and that they love her shoes – which hasn’t gone down well with some who say that it’s glorifying catcalling, following the #MeToo movement.

The advert has been called ‘tone deaf’ and ‘gross’, with author Jessica Valenti suggesting that: “Perhaps now is not the best moment to run an ad about how cool and sexy catcalling is?”

However, some think the outrage is an overreaction.

The model was also called out by one YouTube user for not paying for her hot dog.

Jimmy Choo hasn’t responded to the backlash, but has deleted the tweet that promoted the video.

Back in October, Cara Delevingne opened up about her own Harvey Weinstein encounter. During a business meeting with the disgraced Hollywood mogul, she claims he sexually harassed her during a business meeting, attempting to kiss her and coerce her into having a threesome.

In an Instagram caption, Delevingne wrote that when she “first started to work as an actress”, she “received a call from‎ Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media”.

“It was a very odd and uncomfortable call,” Delevingne said, adding that Weinstein told her that being gay would damage her career.

She goes on to say how she had a meeting with him about an upcoming film, in a hotel lobby, where he pressurised her to go up to his room, where she found another woman.

“When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction.”

She says she then managed to escape the situation.

Weinstein has been at the centre of a criminal investigation since late October, after an extensive outpouring of allegations including rape and sexual assault from women in both America and the UK. He “unequivocally denies” any allegations of non-consensual sex.

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.