For years, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has run campaign titled, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.” Former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, has recently supported this campaign by posing naked.
About Alicia Machado
Machado was crowned Miss Venezuela in 1995. She then went to on to win the Miss Universe 1996 title and represent the system for the year.
You may recognize the titleholder from last year’s presidential campaign when she spoke out against now President Donald Trump. She criticized her former boss over his harsh words and comments about her weight. Machado claimed the former owner of the Miss Universe Organization called her “Miss Piggy” and made other degrading comments about her weight gain after winning the title. (Read: Former Contestants Speak Out Against Donald Trump)
Machado even joined Hillary Clinton in support for a few events. She was very vocally in support of Clinton and against Trump both in events and on social media platforms. Her political activism hasn’t stopped there. She recently posed for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.
About PETA’s Campaign
Machado was in good company when she posed nude for the organization’s campaign. Many stars, including Elisabetta Canalis, Duff McKagan, Susan Holmes McKagan and Pamela Anderson, have posed nude to support the cause.
The stunning black and white photo featuring Machado reads, “Proud to be me and fur-free.” When commenting on her involvement, she said, “I find wearing fur embarrassing. Animals are our friends. They’re our companions.” She goes on to say, “We have enough killing without breeding animals just to kill them. It is terribly cruel.”
It’s always a little controversial for a titleholder to pose nude for any reason. Machado is clearly making a statement with this ad and supporting a cause that’s very important to her. (Read: Pageant Question About Nude Pictures)