I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur!


 
This internationally known Asian singer /actress is willing to go naked for PETA. “I won’t show my body in ads or on TV – but I’ll make an exception to bring awareness to animal suffering,” said the famous Taiwanese movie star and singer Annie Yi Neng-jing. “Fashion refuses slaying, real beauty denies killing. I’d rather go naked than wear fur.” Annie Yi, as she is known, confessed at a Beijing press conference on March 8th that she used to think of fur as a fashionable luxury item until she saw a video about the torture of animals at fur farms. She has narrated an anti-fur video for PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Asia-Pacific campaigns.
 
According to PETA, a “growing list of top fashion designers and retailers—including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and H&M —are 100 percent fur-free.”
 
Asian celebrities are coming out in force to support an end to cruelty to animals. In Beijing, the popular Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan has become the new spokesperson for seal protection for her opposition to the Canadian seal hunts. Speaking out on behalf of PETA Asia-Pacific, the actress has been photographed wearing a publicity T-shirt protesting seal killing according to the “Women of China” website.
 
“The Dancing King of Asia,” Taiwan’s Show Luo has been named ‘Person of the Year’ by PETA Asia for his love for dogs. He appears in an ad saying, “Adopt Dogs, Don’t Buy!” to help combat the homeless animal crisis.
 
In Asian countries that have been criticized by the West for their human and animal rights abuses, these celebrities are courageously speaking up and even “baring it all.”
 
PETA came back in the news recently when the American celebrity Kim Kardashian was ‘flour bombed’ as she walked the Red Carpet in London wearing fur. Now if only, ‘Kim K’ and others who consider luxury before life would follow her Chinese counterparts’ example!
 
Paul Penders International applauds these Asian celebrities for their courage. The company continues its long-time support of PETA’s efforts around the world to end cruelty to animals.
 
With thanks to PETA Asia-Pacific for their permission to reprint this photograph. Please visit their website at: http://www.petaasiapacific.com
 
Other references for this article can be found at:
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2012/03/09/2561s685772.htm
http://www.womenofchina.cn/html/womenofchina/report/139502-1.htm
http://www.whatsonshenzhen.com/ent299.html

 
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Australian Hair & Makeup Artist Promotes Natural, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

One of the very proud moments in my life with the incredible Jane Goodall during the launch of her film at IMAX…. A brief background on myself… Hi : -) I am Nicole Groch. I have been a professional freelance hair & makeup artist based in Melbourne, Australia for over 19 years. I have been working in the fashion, advertising and music industry both in Australia and overseas. Quite some year’s back now, I took it upon myself to rethink my attitude towards the makeup & hair products I used in my kit.
 
I had been a vegetarian for many years for ethical reasons, and only used ‘cruelty free’ products in my work, but I was also very interested in all the natural and organic products that were becoming more readily available.

I did research into the common ingredients used in the majority of cosmetic brands and was astounded at how many toxic ingredients they contained and how they can adversely affect our health. I then converted my kit, so I now use on my clients only the safest, cruelty free and natural products that I can source. This is how I came to love the Paul Penders range as they stood for everything I believed in, vegan, natural and safe. Over the years I got to know Paul and he is an incredible inspirational person.
 
Because I didn’t believe it was ethical to use or promote any products that were tested on animals I was constantly turning down work for companies that either used such products, or had real fur in their ranges, including their TV commercials, fashion parades, fashion shows and product editorials. Particularly I wanted to do something positive with my makeup skills to help animals!
 
So I got in contact with the Australian www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/makeup.html (they accredit cruelty free companies) and offered to start “The Cruelty Free Makeup Tips”. I arranged a huge celebrity launch for the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” poster campaign I had put together and did all hair and makeup for it as well.

I was able to use my connections to get celebrity support for the front covers of our magazines and for campaigns. After a few years I was asked to become a Director of Choose Cruelty Free and as their PR Director I found Paul Penders products. Our Preferred Product List www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/list.html lead me to do PR work for other natural and cruelty free companies.
 
Now I am the mother of two beautiful children. And along with doing my hair and makeup work, and PR for CCF, I embarked on a journey that I am very passionate about! I have become the writer, editor, photographer, marketing and PR person for a website my husband Jonathan (an IT professional) and I together designed, called: www.livingsafe.com.au

The aim of Living Safe is to give individuals easy tools and accurate knowledge to help them create a safe and healthy environment for their children, pets and …ultimately themselves! Since we have launched the site several months ago we have been getting fantastic positive feedback, especially from parents thanking us for creating this much needed site. It has made them more aware and informed about these very important issues. We hope our site will help to create a better world for the all of us. We also have a directory of “Safe & Non-Toxic” companies and of course, Paul’s products are on it as well as they fit the Living Safe ethos perfectly!
 
Paul Penders is now available in Australia. For more information please visit: paulpenders.com.au/
 
Author: Nicole Groch