Elisabetta Canalis And Other Stars Go Naked For PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the organization known for its racy and often disturbing attention-grabbing tactics, has long been a go-to cause for celebrities with a philanthropic itch to scratch. Recently, some stars have gone the extra mile to bring the issue of animal rights front and center — by showing a little skin of their own. Former Dancing with the Stars contestant and Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, who dated George Clooney for two years, unveiled her revealing ad in September, adding her name to a list of celebs including Eva Mendes and Khloe Kardashian.
Canalis stripped down to help spread the word about the cruelty involved in fur. "I decided to go nude because I think that nudity always creates a big reaction," she explain on PETA's web site. "That is what is required to keep people's attention on such a brutal practice. These poor animals are electrocuted, skinned alive, drowned, and bludgeoned just for the sake of fashion."
Canalis is not the first reality starlet to drop trow for PETA. Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of New York unveiled her "Fur? I'd Rather Go Naked" billboard in New York City in 2009. Frankel, 39 at the time, faced criticism that her picture looked too good to be real and in response released an un-air-brushed version of the photo to UsMagazine.com.
"Everything I'm about is being honest and being upfront," Frankel said. "So if people are talking and saying [the photo] was airbrushed...then, you know what? Here's the picture. Have it your way."
Not every naked PETA ad gets critics up in arms. When Mendes launched her "fur" ad in 2007, most people just got excited. The beautiful actress, lately seen with sexy actor Ryan Gosling, said it was the love of a new man in her life that got her interested in animal rights — a furry little man.
"I love animals, but I hadn't had a pet since I was a kid. I recently got a dog and he's not only made me a happier girl—he's made me much more sympathetic to animal rights," Mendes said. "I look at my beautiful dog and think, 'Of course I'd never eat him or skin him for his fur, so why would I be okay with eating a cow or wearing a cheetah?' It's just not right. It's a contradiction."
No matter what kind of added publicity the stars receive (and usually, it's plenty), the pressure is on for them to stay on message and not let showing their own hides distract from saving the animals'. "Don't buy fur," Canalis urges. "Even a little trim—your gloves or your bag or your jackets …. You must remember that animals don't have a voice. You must be their voice. Never be afraid to speak up."
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