Philadelphia Art Gallery to Host Retrospective of ‘Naked’ PETA Ads

For Immediate Release:
November 11, 2014

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – Beginning on December 3, Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square will offer an eyeful of Hollywood hotties in the buffincluding Olivia Munn, Pamela Anderson, Taraji P. Henson, Kim Basinger, Christina Applegate, and Alicia Silverstonein the unique exhibit Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA’s Sexy Celebrity Ads.

PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, who created PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, would be happy to speak with you about how the iconic ads have helped redefine what a charity can do to remain relevant year after year. Mathews, who has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford universities on the pros and cons of using sex and celebrities to promote social change.

The campaign began with The Go-Go’s in 1989 and since then has featured such celebrities as Christy Turlington, Wendy Williams, and Melissa Etheridge. The exhibit also includes many of the men who have disrobed for PETA ads, including soccer sensation Tim Howard, Tommy Lee, and Steve-O, all of whom appear in PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” tattoo series.

Maggie Q, TLC’s Chilli, Tia Mowry, and Dave Navarro have also appeared in various states of undress in support of PETA’s motto: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

 

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