PHOTO: “The A List: New York” Star Austin Armacost Bares All For PETA


While designers are sending the latest collections down the runway at New York Fashion Week, PETA decided to have A List-er Austin Armacost, a model and former beau of designer Marc Jacobs, strut the catwalk in the altogether to protest the use of fur in the the fashion industry, in a poster campaign called “Turn Your Back on Fur.”

Says Armacost: “As a gay model, I have always been dismayed that some otherwise progressive people in the gay fashion pack have such disregard for the animals who are skinned alive for coats, collars, or cuffs—including my ex Marc Jacobs.”  (Eagle-eye readers will also recognize some other faces in the campaign, including gossip hound Michael Musto, Marie Claire‘s Sergio Kletnoy and out rapper Cazwell.)

The posters with Armacost have been plastered throughout Midtown, with QC codes that take viewers to a clip featuring Project Runway’s Tim Gunn video exposé of the fur industry. The ad will also be featured in London, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks and in a full spread in Great Britain’s Gay Times.

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  • QJ201

    If the PETA bar is meant to cover an asshole, it should have been across his face.

  • brent

    For anyone who cares to know why i hate liberals this is it. According to liberals a woman should be able to have an abortion without being harrased, But then these same liberals turn around and harass women who wear fur. Note to liberals



  • Red Meat

    @brent: I eat meat and don’t care who wears fur. If I eat meat, why would I look down on someone who uses the waste for art? This is what it means to be liberal, free expression and rational thinking.

  • marc sfe

    @brent: Brent, I am liberal – do you know the meaning of the word liberal? It is for individual rights and freedoms. Yes, if a woman wants an abortion, then she should be able to have one. It has no impact upon you whatsoever and therefore, it’s none of your concern. Secondly if someone wants to wear fur, I could care less. Again, this is called being free. Not all of those who are liberal agree with me, but hey, that’s like saying all conservatives are assholes. On second thought…

  • Eric Auerbach


  • Cam


    So Brent lets see, in your world it’s not ok to tell somebody they shouldn’t wear fur, but it IS ok to tell a rape victim that she must not only carry the child of her rapist, but that she must also allow that rapist to have visitation, and that abortion doctors should be killed.

    That nobody should say “Don’t wear that fur coat” but it’s ok to support Ugandan officials who want to legalize murdering gays.

    My goodness, I can sure see why being a conservative is so attractive to you.

  • Cam

    Back to the subject at hand. Either Austin has been working out and dieting a lot or that picture has been airbrushed pretty heavily.

  • Tone

    QJ201 said:
    “If the PETA bar is meant to cover an asshole, it should have been across his face.”

  • yaoming

    I have to admit that I don’t know who that guy is, but if you watch the (non-air-brushed) video, you can see he’s pretty hot.

  • MikeE

    it really should read “turn your back on shameless self-promotion”.

  • Niall

    It’s funny how PETA can never seem to get people we can take seriously for their campaigns(besides maybe Pink). Pamela Anderson, Khloe Kardashian, this guy.

  • Eric Auerbach

    @Niall: Pink? Seriously?

  • AshtonC

    i heard that the censor bar in the front is the size of a postage stamp.

  • Acep

    Why does anyone even support this terrorist organization. They have no standing in society.

  • Dawson

    PLEASE make him go away.

    The show is cancelled thank God. I have never wanted a gay man to be straight more than Austin just so that we would never have to claim him as one of our own.

    Austin, do something with your life, like get a job or move to Zimbabwe.

    If he is anything like how he was on the show how can he even show his face? Maybe that is why he is showing his ass.

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