Drawing A Line Down Under
It may be just a group grope, but as far as Australian authorities are concerned, it crosses the line of public decency.
The Aussie Advertising Standards Bureau this week banned a Calvin Klein X jeans commercial that features model Lara Stone being roughed up by three young men, all of them in various states of undress.
Women’s groups complained that the billboards promote gang rape and sexualized violence against women — even though a companion video (NSFW) for the shoot depicts a consensual mênage-a-quatre.
That wasn’t enough to appease the Aussie censors, though. “The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting she is a plaything of these men,” the board said. “It also demeans men by implying sexualized violence against women.”
This is far from being the first time Calvin Klein has come under fire for racy ads that imply or promote “aggressive” sexuality. Given the publicity surrounding this episode, it likely won’t be last either.
Look Me In The Eyes …
Tanja Kiewitz, a 35-year-old graphic designer from Belgium, is an unlikely celebrity these days — but certainly a deserving one.
The Belgian charity CAP48, which supports people with disabilities, released the ad campaign above, featuring the one-handed Tanja, to raise public awareness of issues related to physical handicaps.
The ad recreates the famous Wonderbra campaign featuring supermodel Eva Herzigova (above right) saying, “Look me in the eyes … I said the eyes.”
CAP48’s version of the ad appeared in late September in Belgian newspapers and on postcards distributed around cafes to promote greater sensitivity toward people with handicaps.
“[People] have to to see that I’m a woman above all and that I can be beautiful and sexy, and the handicap is secondary,” Tanja told GlobalPost.com.
Tanja, who works for the ad agency that produced the campaign, has no plans to pursue modeling — but thinks others should. “Why shouldn’t somebody with a disability be a model? It would make a change from those models who all look alike,” she said.
Real Women Wear Wonderbra
Think you’ve got what it takes to bare all in a reality show? Then Wonderbra has an offer for you.
The U.S. version of the iconic push-up bra brand is planning to run a reality series of web-based vignettes that feature four different personas — the diva, the starlet, the trendsetter and the free spirit.
The series is called Real Women of Wonderbra and it will be shot in Las Vegas and aired in March 2011.
To participate, women can submit their own video, up to two minutes long, that demonstrates why they match one of the four Real Women personas.
Winners will get a Vegas vacation, star in the series, and become Wonderbra “brand ambassadors” for 2011. They’ll also receive $500 in spending money for the Vegas shoot, plus a large Wonderbra wardrobe.
Find out more at Wonderbra’s Facebook page or mini-site RealWomenofWonderbra.com. Note that there are age restrictions (21-34) and bust-size restrictions too (no DDs!). The deadline is November 19.
I’m Having A Plaid Day
A new survey from the UK suggests that the color of lingerie you prefer may also reveal something about your behavior in the bedroom.
Psychologist Donna Dawson conducted the study, commissioned by a laundry company, and found that women who wear red lingerie are typically “passionate, energetic, dramatic and driven.”
Among her other findings:
Given the broad range of hues and tones available in lingerie these days, we’re not sure how much credence this report deserves. It may, however, help explain the intention (and expectations) behind certain intimate gifts that women receive from their partners on Valentine’s Day.
Not So Glee-ful
Is this the image that will one day be considered a snapshot of the moment Glee began to slide from public favor? Or we just prudes for thinking so?
The questionable shoot in GQ magazine features Glee stars Corey Monteith, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in a variety of racy poses and showing off their undies. Probably not what the producers of the hit show would have liked, given that Glee has so far managed to snare the trickiest demographic in middle America — teens, tween AND their parents.
This photoshoot incurred the wrath of the family values advocacy group the Parents Television Council, which called the images “near-pornographic pedophilia.”
Even CBS news anchor Katie Couric joined the chorus, saying on Wednesday that “these very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-Glee-like.”
Glee actress Agron (the pregnant cheerleader of last season) offered an apology on her blog, but also fired back at offended parents.
“If your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?”
Comrade Chapman’s Happy Homecoming
What’s the difference between Russian and American spies? The Russian ones apparently have to moonlight to make up for the miserable pay. Oh, and they give interviews.
How else to explain the bizarre career path of Anna Chapman, the New York hottie who got busted as part of a Russian spy ring and shipped back to Moscow in a spy swap?
Now, Anna is a big celebrity in her homeland, earning a sexy photoshoot in the new issue of Russian Maxim, PLUS a state medal from president Dmitry Medvedev for her “service” to the country (which apparently involved little more than nuzzling up to bureaucrats at NYC cocktail parties).
What’s next for this wannabe Bond girl? A Girls of the Kremlin editorial?