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Supermodel on Catwalk Nude to Protest Fur

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 24, 2012

International model Austin Armacost is used to mouths dropping open when he passes by, but we doubt anyone will be able to pick their jaws up off the floor after they’ve seen the ad Austin shot last week for PETA’s naked anti-fur campaign. The star of The A-List: New York walked a runway completely nude to show that it’s much more comfortable to be in your own skin than someone else’s. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes:


Photo: Aaron Cobbett


Photo: Aaron Cobbett

As a gay model, I have always been dismayed that some otherwise progressive people in the gay fashion pack have such disregard for the animals who are skinned alive for coats, collars, or cuffs—including my ex Marc Jacobs

Austin hopes that by, ahem, exposing his views, he can appeal to designers and stylists and persuade them to join Calvin Klein and the many other fashion icons who now avoid fur like a Westboro Baptist Church picnic.

Cheering Austin on from the front row were Village Voice columnist Michael MustoMarie Claire‘s Sergio Kletnoy, rapper Cazwell, Austin’s A-List co-stars Ryan Nickulas and Derek Saathoff, animal advocate extraordinaire Simone Reyes, and many others.

The ad will launch just in time for New York Fashion Week and feature a strategically placed QR code that will take smartphone users to the fur industry exposé that Tim Gunn narrated for PETA.

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  • Lotus says:

    @Bill Cruise – I think actually Bill you would find many of us that protest the wearing of fur are also vegetarian and if not vegan then also fight against animals being kept cruelly. For example I am not entirely vegan but I only buy free range organic eggs from a local farm nearby as well as milk. As for your comment about other causes such as genocide, I am also a member of the Tibet Commitee fighting against genocide in Tibet and a member of Amnesty Int too, I spend several hours each day in letter writing campaigns to save prisoners of war etc. , and daily clicks for charities. I don’t know why you felt the urge to be so condemning and negative in your comments but you should know that many people in the world are not hypocrites and are doing their best to make the world a better place. Best wishes.

  • Curtis says:

    WoW! Austin’s hot, fur is not. He’s super sexy. So glad to hear that his heart is as sweet as his… ;-)

  • Krystyna says:

    Good for Austin, pity the ladies don’t do the same. Animal skin and fur belongs to the animal leave them aloneturn your back on fur…

  • Bill Cruise says:

    And do any of you think animals raised for food are treated any better. How many of you eat red meat, chicken etc. Still wearing leather? How about the Genocide in Africa, how many of you are protesting that. How about the Japanese and Scandanavians still Whaling, do you give money to help stop this. I would never condone the trapping of wild animals for food or fur however as long as I eat meat and wear leather I’m not going to be hypocritical and cast stones at the raising of animals for fur. Please note “the raising/ranching of animals for fur”

  • DGH says:

    I will follow suit and not buy Donna Karan. How can anyone justify the torture and brutality to a fellow habitant of this plant by methods so barbaric, and by wearing part of the corpse.

  • ALFONSO LOFORTE says:

    My letter to Donna Karan and all her associates. I am shocked and saddened to learn of the cruel methods used in the harvesting of fur, especially in China, used in the manufacture of your products. I am joining thousands of others concerned about the ethical treatment of animals to boycott your line of fashions and I will continue to encourage others to do the same. Please remove fur from your fashion collections. Please look at the link below, Boycott Donna Karan.

  • ALFONSO LOFORTE says:

    Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, and anal or vaginal electrocution. Many animals are electrocuted by having rods inserted into their rectums and 240 volts of electricity sent through their bodies, frying the animals from the inside out in order to keep from damaging the pelt. The animals convulse, shake, and often cry out before suffering painful heart attacks. Crude killing methods aren’t always effective, and sometimes animals “wake up” while they are being skinned.

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