Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler is spearheading a new anti-fur campaign to coincide with this year's (13) pageant. The reality TV star and ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with three other pageant winners - Shandi Finnessey, Susie Castillo and Alyssa Campanella - to bare all for a new PETA press ad, linked to the animal rights group's I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur billboard campaign.
The quartet of beauties have also filmed a video urging pageant contestants to refuse the fur coats they're offered as gifts.
In the film, Castillo says, "I've been an animal lover all my life, and the more I learned of the torture that animals go through in the name of fashion, I just think it's so unnecessary... It's unbelievable to me.
"I feel blessed to take a stand united and to tell the pageant industry not to support the fur industry."
In addition to starring in the ad, Finnessey has sent a letter to lawmakers in her home state of Missouri, urging them to adopt a no-fur policy.
Meanwhile, in a statement to PETA bosses, Moakler writes, "As long as I'm the director of Miss Nevada, we will never award fur coats as prizes, and I urge my fellow pageant directors to make the same pledge. Kind people today are taking a stand against cruelty to animals, so a fur coat is no prize for a compassionate, socially-aware woman."
The Miss USA 2013 pageant will take place this weekend (16Jun13) in Las Vegas.
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Exiled director Roman Polanski feels honored by winning the Best Director Oscar for his Holocaust drama The Pianist, Reuters reports. "I am deeply touched to have received the Oscar for best director for a film which recounts events which are so close to my personal experience, events which helped me to understand that art can transcend pain," Polanski said Tuesday in a brief statement. "I thank the members of the Academy with all my heart for this magnificent reward." Meanwhile, the evening's other no-show was Best Song winner Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, who won for his "Lose Yourself" from the film 8 Mile. The Associated Press reports a spokesman for the rapper said Eminem was surprised by the win, but that he is "always thankful when the work he puts into his music is recognized by others."
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