What do you get when you combine pageant winners with animal-rights activists? Well, in this case, four beautiful women willing to take it off in the name of going fur-free.
Former Miss USA winners Susie Castillo, Shandi Finnessey, Shanna Moakler, and Alyssa Campanella are the latest celebs to strip down for PETA’s “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign. Not only are all four women animal lovers, but they’re trying to send a message to the pageant industry: Fur is not beautiful.
Castillo got the ball rolling by recruiting the others to the cause. “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 thinks it’s 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 so blessed that they all agreed.”
In the video below, they all tell stories about being awarded fur as prizes. In fact, as part of her reign, Finnessey was asked to wear a fur coat and sign autographs for the Trappers Association, where members brought in photo albums of trapped animals.
“I’m looking at these pictures where animals are gnawing through their own paws in order to free themselves from traps and they’re trying these desperate measures just to fight for their lives. I was so disgusted that I would wear the skin of this living being on my body and consider myself beautiful. What would happen if that happened to a human being? We would be outraged. So what’s the difference?” she says.
According to PETA, millions of animals die each year for their fur. The organization says that foxes, minks, raccoons, rabbits, chinchillas, cats and dogs are all electrocuted, beaten, drowned, strangled, and skinned alive for the sake of making fashionable clothes and other fur items.
This is a fact that does not sit well with the women. Campanella says that during her reign she was offered many fur items, including coats and shoes. She understood that sponsors wanted her to wear their products, but she put her foot down when it came to fur. “It’s just so cruel, and I don’t want to be a supporter of that. I don’t want to show anyone that I support what they do to animals for the benefit of fashion. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
To see the ladies in action, check out the video below. But be warned — there’s some slightly NSFW content (it is a nude photo shoot, after all), and there are graphic images of animals being caged, prodded and skinned.