As New York Fashion Week unfolds, PETA US has unveiled a gigantic billboard showing Gillian Anderson wearing little more than a smile with the slogan “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”
“I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” says the usually modest Emmy-winning star of The X-Files and co-author of last year’s bestseller We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, which will be out in paperback later this month. “People tend to look away from anti-fur ads showing mangled animals, but they’re drawn to PETA’s ‘naked’ campaign, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The campaign featuring Anderson launches in the wake of announcements by Michael Kors and Gucci that they’ll no longer use fur, following years of protests and negotiations by PETA US. Other designers who’ve dropped fur include Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Giorgio Armani, who made the decision after being targeted with this exposé, narrated by Anderson, of rabbit fur farms.
What You Can Do
Please speak out against the sale of fur here in Australia. Despite professing her support for animal rights, New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton continues to use fur in her collections and even posed for a photo shoot on a bearskin rug. PETA has written to Stretton asking her to publicly swear off fur, but so far, she has refused:ASK DESIGNER ANNAH STRETTON TO DUMP FUR