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PETA Uses an Unauthorized Image of Michelle Obama in Latest Ad

01/06/2010 at 12:37 PM ET


From actresses like Eva Mendes to reality starlets like Khloe Kardashian, Hollywood has eagerly stripped down for PETA, but in their latest campaign, the animal rights organization failed to consult one of the most famous American faces before using her image. The latest ad, titled “Fur-Free and Fabulous!”, surfaced today picturing First Lady Michelle Obama– alongside Carrie Underwood, Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks– without the White House’s knowledge. When contacted, Semonti Stephens, a spokeswoman for the First Lady, tells PEOPLE of the ad campaign: “We did not consent.” As far as Mrs. Obama’s feelings about the PETA cause in general, Stephens says only, “Mrs. Obama does not wear fur.” PETA’s response? “The fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn’t wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA’s eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous,” the organization’s president Ingrid Newkirk told the press. –Andrea DeSimone

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