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Miss Australia Goes Faux

Written by PETA | August 24, 2010

For any of you who caught the Miss Universe pageant last night, you’ll be relieved to know that it was faux sheepskin that Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell was wearing. After PETA Australia alerted Campbell to the cruelty of mulesing—a crude mutilation that involves cutting large chunks of flesh from the backsides of Australian lambs with instruments resembling gardening shears—Campbell decided to wear faux sheepskin instead of the real thing as part of her national costume.

“I am confirming that Jesinta Campbell Miss Universe Australia will be wearing only synthetic sheepskin on her national costume,” Deborah Miller, national director of Miss Universe Australia, told PETA Australia.

As thanks, PETA sent Campbell a box of vegan chocolate sheep. Her kindness was rewarded again when she placed second runner-up and won the pageant’s “Miss Congeniality” award. Who says nice girls finish last?

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Rex's Mom says:

    Correction to my previous note Last Miss USA to win Miss Universe was in 1997 not 1998. Miss USA has gone on to become Miss Universe 7 times not 6.

  • Ralph says:

    It’s easy to wear fake wool here it’s much cooler in very warm Las Vegas. I wouldn’t be surprised if they chose it for that reason and not because of PETA.