How Would You Accessorize Miss Australia’s Weird Outfit?

Published by PETA.

You’ve seen Hollywood’s fugliest. Now, take a look at the Uggliest from Down Under: The proposed national costume for Miss Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell, aka Miss Australia, is making people wince.

PETA Australia has asked Campbell to abandon her plans to wear a ghastly get-up that includes a sheepskin shrug and last year’s Ugg boots during the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Unless she’s lived in a cave, she has to know that most lambs in Australia are subjected to “mulesing”—a mutilation in which huge chunks of flesh are cut from lambs’ backsides. And to help her out in case she sticks to her decision to wear this itchy, woolly outfit, PETA Australia is sending her what it believes is the perfect accessory for her costume: a pair of mulesing shears.

Personally, I’m optimistic that Campbell will come around to compassion. When I was her age, my most prized possession was a black leather motorcycle jacket—until I learned about how cows suffer in meat and milk factories. Just as I abandoned my leather vice to become pleather nice, Campbell can go from abominable to fauxnomenal.

Written by Karin Bennett

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