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Fast fashion ads banned by watchdog

Fast fashion retailers Boohoo and Missguided have both had recent adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), following complaints over their impact on young shoppers and depiction of women.

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Boohoo was told to remove the phrase “send nudes” from one of its email marketing campaigns. A TV ad for Missguided, which aired in June, was also banned as it “objectified women”.

The ASA upheld a complaint against the Boohoo email, which promoted a range of “nude” neutral-coloured clothing. In the ruling, it criticised Boohoo for making light of a “potentially harmful” social trend and told the retailer its advertising must be “socially responsible”.

Commenting on the ruling the ASA said: “Increased pressure to share such photos had been linked to negative outcomes for young people.”

In response, Boohoo commented: “We note the ASA’s ruling and recognise our obligations to ensure that advertising is socially responsible.”

Defending its TV advert, Missguided said the ad served to promote a “particular lifestyle”, but the ASA ruled that the images were “highly sexualised” and could cause “serious offence”.

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