Who saw the latest episode of Australia's Next Top Model? The contestants were made to wear fur! Real fur! And the host even had the stupidity to say that fur was making a comeback! What the faux?
This is about as irresponsible as you can get (from a channel that calls itself FOX!), especially when it is clear that the majority of people in the fashion world have no idea where fur comes from and the awful ways in which it gets from an animal's back to their grotesque coats.
I love the feel of my dog's fur under my fingers as I pat her, knowing her fur is right where it should be. But obviously, not all animals are as pampered as my pooch. This is the 21st century and it's amazing that some people are still of the opinion that the rightful place of dogs' fur (or rabbit, raccoon, mink, fox etc) is the outer lining of their coat! These people have blood on their hands!
Did you know that Perth's very own Harmony and Lawson actually want you to believe that the fur they use is 'cruelty-free'?Clearly Harmony Douglas has never ripped it off the back of a living breathing animal herself.
'Cruelty free fur' - it's an oxymoron. So don't ever buy into it if you see it on a label, or you run the risk of being called a moron yourself (not unlike certain hosts on ANTM)!
Thankfully people are staring to wake up. Israel is currently voting on a bill to ban any trade in fur. And there are now so many alternatives to fur, I really can't see why anyone would wear it, even if they do think it looks good (which is another debate altogether!).
Jump onto the ANTM forum and let them know you won't be watching a show that sanctions animal cruelty. You can also make comments on their Facebook page.
No doubt Iím not alone when I say I like stylish clothes. And one thing I love about faux fashion is that it not only looks hot, itís a great way to show others that you donít need to be cruel to be cool (and in fact thereís nothing less attractive than someone draped in the skin of a dead animal!).
One of my fave wardrobe additions of late is my faux leather jacket from Casual Guy (pictured below). When Iím wearing this bad boy and speaking up for animals, I often have people say something like ďBut you wear leather, donít you?Ē and I think BAM! 'time to save lives' and then I respond: ďThanks for asking! Actually no, I donít wear animal skins. I was horrified when I found out cows that die for leather often have their tails broken and chilli rubbed in their eyes before they are killed. Oh this jacket, itís fake leather. Have you ever worn fake leather before?Ē
Here are a few other discoveries I just had to add to my wardrobe:
These 100% non-leather shoes (above) are from Spendless
There's plenty of non-leather belts out there like this Hurley belt made of PVC
If you want something real bad, just keep looking. I wanted one of these jackets for ages, and I finally found a non-wool jacket at Dangerfield.
So how do you strut your hot stuff for the animals? Have you got an awesome tip for compassionate fashion? Leave a comment.
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