Women get naked for PETA at London Fashion Week

Other | Monday 22nd February 2016 | Cristina

International use of fur seems to be coming back in a big way, with retail analysts Edited reporting a rise of 117% more real fur products released in the last three months compared to this time last year.

The protest, led by PETA, cites a recently published study which proclaims the toxicity of real fur in the fashion industry. Carried out by Germany's Bremer Umwelt Institute, the study finds unsafe levels of carcinogenic chemicals in fur and fur-trimmed clothing.

The female PETA protestors were armed with nothing but nipple tape, knickers, gas masks and signs to cover themselves. They may have succeeded in grabbing public attention but perhaps not for the right reasons. 

The protest is typically PETA in its use of female nudity to raise awareness. Although a grey area, PETA have been criticised for consistently objectifying women in their campaigns, adding to a storm of sexualised images of women in the media.

The slim, white, hairless women at the protest are representative of the women who tend to feature in PETA’s campaigns. Criticism of PETA has often focused on this lack of diversity, and its impact on women’s issues including body image and racial inequality.