Even with her busy and demanding training schedule, Amanda took the time to bare her skin to help save animals’ skins. With the tagline “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin. Don’t Wear Fur,” Amanda posed nude to help raise awareness of the cruelty inherent in the fur industry.
In retrospect, the Olympic gold medalist unveiled the stunning “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin” ad just hours after Beijing officials stopped her from holding a news conference, reportedly for “safety” reasons. Hmm, what’s so dangerous about a naked lady?! So the swimmer simply moved her location and revealed the stunning ad to a swarm of reporters and TV cameras elsewhere.
An investigation into the fur industry in China—which is where most fur originates—revealed that minks, foxes, dogs, cats, and other animals are kept in tiny wire cages in all weather extremes. In the video footage, animals were strangled or bludgeoned, and they were often still alive and struggling when workers flipped them onto their backs or hung them by their legs or tails to skin them.
The cruelty of the fur industry does not end at the borders of China. Every dog, fox, rabbit, mink, and baby seal suffers immensely, whether they are killed in China, Europe, or North America. “I have seen a lot of the videos, and it brings me to tears,” Amanda says. “What some people think is pretty is actually something that’s very gruesome and gross.”
The ad shows that she’s comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t need to steal anyone else’s. During the shoot Amanda sat down with us and explained: “I’d much rather go naked than ever put a dead animal on my body.” Well said, Amanda!
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