To be clear, it is not disclosed whether the private parts in this ad belong to Miss Carrera or not. It’s safe to assume they’ve been Photoshopped onto her body. You can see the full, uncensored shots here.
Planned each year by nonprofit organization AIDS LIFE, the Life Ball is one of the largest and most spectacular AIDS charity events in the world. It attracts celebrates, artists, designers, activists and politicians from across the world and is most noted for its breathtaking live performances and impassioned speeches focusing attention on AIDS awareness.
Photographer David LaChapelle says the two advertisements, showing trans icon Carrera with both male and female genitalia, fit this year’s theme, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”:
“Gender lines are blurred and every person is unique in how they see themselves. For me the body is more than something to be looked at as an object of sexual gratification. The body is a beautiful housing for the soul that we are celebrating in this picture.”
Carrera famously told Katie Couric earlier this year that she was offended by people talking about her genitals. On the topic of this advertisement, which displays her face on a body with visible male and female genitals, she says “your gender should not matter in your heart or in the way you express your personality.”
The Life Ball will take place on May 31 in Vienna, Austria.