Anthony Armentano, Global Animal
Just days before Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, was crowned Miss USA on June 16th, four former Miss USA winners have found themselves in PETA’s most recent anti-fur campaign. Although Brady is receiving a slew of attention over her wardrobe choices the other night, the four previous winners are being noticed for their lack of clothing.
The four winners, Shanna Moakler, 1995, Susie Castillo, 2003, Shandi Finnessey, 2004, and Alyssa Campanella, 2011, have gone nude to protest the fur industry and its maltreatment of animals.
This most recent “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign hopes to open the eyes of the pageant industry, and share the message that fur isn’t beautiful.
“The reason I wanted to get involved with PETA is because I’ve been an animal lover all my life and the more I learned of the torture that animals go through in the name of fashion — I think its just so unnecessary. It’s unbelievable to me, actually. So I thought, if there’s something I could do to get my fellow pageant sisters together and for us to take a stand, united and to tell the pageant industry not to support the fur industry. I feel that they all agreed,” Castillo said.
Millions of animals fall victim to the fur industry each year, including cats and dogs. PETA says the animals are tortured, beaten, electrocuted and skinned alive just to make clothing.
In a video for the campaign, the women recall personal experiences with the fur industry and the pageant circuit. Finnessey recounts how she was asked to dress in a fur coat, while signing autographs for the Trappers Association, whose members showed her albums of caught animals. Also, Campanella discusses how she was continually offered fur clothing during her reign.
Watch the full video here, but be mindful that the content is not-so-safe for work as it contains footage from the nude shoot, and graphic imagery of tortured animals.