After appearing in an ad for Italian company Tod’s this summer wearing a fur stole, many wondered how Gwyneth Paltrow reconciled wearing a dead animal with her eco-friendly, pro-vegetarian views. The actress, who’s a good friend of vocal animal rights activist and designer Stella McCartney, was reprimanded by PETA for seemingly supporting fur.
Back in August, PETA said,
“Gwyneth Paltrow won’t be the apple of her daughter’s eye if she continues to flaunt fur.It’s a terrible example to set for a young child, promoting an industry that electrocutes animals, snaps their necks and skins them alive.”
PETA caught up with Gwyneth this weekend in Miami and asked her what the deal was with the fur stole, and she responded:
“That was awkward, and I’m glad you asked, because I do not wear fur at all. It was a daylong photo shoot on a boat near Capri, and there were all sorts of poses with all kinds of clothes—none with fur. During one set-up, a stylist came up from behind and draped a stole around my shoulders. I didn’t pay much attention to it, and when I noticed it was fur I assumed it was fake fur but did not ask, so it’s my fault. I was very surprised when they ended up using that one shot out of hundreds for the centerpiece of the Tod’s ads. I know it’s not a great excuse, but I hope you and your members understand.”
Gwyneth also said that she and her husband are pretty much vegetarian, and that she knows a vegetarian diet is the best thing for her family’s health as well as for animals and the environment. PETA hopes that someday she’ll take part in their ‘Meat’s Not Green’ campaign.
In the meantime, let’s hope she pays more attention to suspiciously-furry-feeling garments that she’s being clothed in at photo shoots.