Versace: Topless Protest at Milan Fashion Week

Topless feminists clashed with Italian police as they protested against the use of anorexic models outside the Versace fashion show yesterday.

The protesters, from the feminist group Femen, wore jeans with handwritten slogans emblazoned across their bodies;  “Fashion = Fascism” and “Anorexia”.

The three women – understood to be models themselves – chanted outside the high-end fashion show while holding handmade placards with the same slogans and “Models do not go to brothels”.

Italian police forcibly blocked the protesters when they approached the entrance to the Versace Autumn-Winter 2012-2013 show during the Milan Womens-wear Fashion Week.

The fashion house sparked controversy at shows last year over its use of incredibly thin models, despite the fact that Donatella Versace’s daughter and heir to the fashion throne, Allegra, has been battling anorexia for years.

Femen is a Kiev-based provocative women’s movement founded in 2008 by Anna Hutsol. The organization became internationally known for organising topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills. It now appears that campaigning against anorexia is top of their agenda.

Interesting to see that Femen have made worldwide news as a result of this stunt. 

Love Niamh x


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