Ad Banned: Naked Candice Swanepoel Won’t Appear on Billboards
South African model Candice Swanepoel’s ad campaign for shoe brand Brian Atwood was banned from the store window and billboards due to nudity and sexual connotations as building owners deemed it too sexual to be seen.
Prince Harry isn’t the only one facing wrath for being naked. Shoe designer Brian Atwood’s latest ad campaign for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 features Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel wearing stockings, shoes, and little else as she cavorts with two naked male partners.
Though fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott completed an amazing fashion production, the guys who own the building where Brian Atwood has his Manhattan Madison Avenue store had different thoughts. They explained that nude and sexual connotations have convinced them to ask for the removal.
Once the request was sent, the brand had no other option but to make a change to the image. Instead of sexy Swanepoel, you will only be able to see a woman’s legs presenting the leopard print shoe.
When Atwood took the campaign further, creating a video version, the ad was also banned from presentation in New York taxis by the city's taxi and Limousine Commission. In the banned video Swanepoel wears ONLY a pair of boots, while watching wall screens showing porn. Instead of the full video, New York taxi passengers will enjoy a behind the scenes teaser, that invites them to watch the full, uncensored video on Brian Atwood’s official website.
The Brian Atwood scandal is not the first time that ad campaigns were banned due to sexual content, nudity, or violence. Over the years, top fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Top Ford and many others draw lots of attention thanks to banned sexy campaigns. Brian Atwood’s campaign may be in the spotlight for controversial nudity right now, but we’re sure it won’t be for long; a new designer’s boundary-pushing campaign will probably soon take its place.