Mark it down, folks: PETA just added another "win" to its record.
The animal rights group has successfully convinced Cindy Barshop, former "Real Housewives of New York" star and owner of luxe spa chain Completely Bare, to swap the real fur on her fluffy fox merkins to faux.
Barshop got the attention of media (and plenty of incredulous women) when she introduced two furry bikini line enhancements: the "Foxy Bikini" ($225), in which actual fox fur is applied to the nether region, and "The Carnivale Bikini "($195), which adheres neon-colored feathers to one's bikini line.
While most people (including us) were more perplexed as to why a woman would want a tuft of colorful fluff down there, PETA took issue with the use of fox fur. In a statement to The Huffington Post, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said about Barshop's new offering:
"It's outright sleazy, and it's downright cruel to kill an animal to decorate your privates. She seems to be making the point that fur is for c*nts."
Clever. While initially Barshop defended her fur accessories, saying "I don't believe in cruelty to animals and I don't eat red meat, but that doesn't mean I hate those that do," she has since changed her tune. Now Barshop has reportedly swapped out the real fox fur for the faux stuff, telling Ecorazzi, "I have every intention to fix this by re-introducing the Foxy Bikini with Faux Fur."
PETA, obviously, is quite pleased. In a statement, the group announced:
"PETA is delighted that Cindy Barshop has decided to switch to faux fur for her line of merkins. Kind women know that it's always best to 'fake it'-- when it comes to fur, that is -- whether you wear it above the belt or below."
And they all skipped off into the sunset. Don't you just love a happy ending?