On Monday, we reported that Austin Armacost, who once briefly dated Marc Jacobs, would star in a new PETA campaign aimed at gays in the fashion industry. The shoot just happened last Friday and PETA has already released a sneak peek of the campaign. Here he is nude carrying a sign that says “Turn your back on fur” surrounded by Michael Musto, Marie Claire‘s Sergio Kletnoy, rapper Cazwell, Austin’s The A-List New York co-stars Ryan Nickulas and Derek Saathoff, and animal advocate Simone Reyes.
PETA posted the photos yesterday with the following quote from Armacost:
As a gay model, I have always been dismayed that some otherwise progressive people in the gay fashion pack have such disregard for the animals who are skinned alive for coats, collars, or cuffs [including my ex Marc Jacobs].
He hopes gay designers and stylists will avoid fur “like a Westboro Baptist Church picnic.”
Armacosts’s boldness (he reached out to PETA himself) and famous fashion designer ex may have landed him the campaign, but we have to admit he has the body for it (at least butt-wise). The ad will run in the “gay press” and according to Racked, PETA is looking for billboard space in gay-borhoods Chelsea and West Hollywood. So, we think it’s safe to say that like all of those “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ads, this one will definitely get some attention. Plus, the ads will have a QR code that, when scanned, takes you to a fur industry expose that may just be disturbing enough to get some people to stop wearing fur.
So, good job PETA?
Photos by Aaron Cobbett