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Miss USA winners go nude for PETA

Four former Miss USA winners pose in this

Four former Miss USA winners pose in this new ad for PETA, appearing June 2013. (Credit: PETA)

The world is buzzing about the sexy orange bikini and golden goddess-like gown Erin Brady wore Sunday night as she was named Miss USA 2013, but four former Miss USA winners are turning heads with what they aren't wearing.

 

Shanna Moakler, 1995, Susie Castillo, 2003, Shandi Finnessey, 2004, and Alyssa Campanella, 2011, have posed nude in a new campaign for animal rights group PETA.

 

"Feel Beautiful in Your Own Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs" is the message written across the ad, which features the four bombshells posing side by side. 

 

Fur coats, it turns out, are often given to pageant winners as a reward.

 

"Animals killed for their fur are electrocuted, drowned, beaten and often skinned alive-- yet some pageants still award fur as prizes," the ad states.

 

Castillo was the one who pulled her fellow crown-holders together for the cause, and Moakler, who is the director of the Miss Nevada pageant, now pledges to never gift fur. Finnessey and Campanella both speak of being given fur coats, shoes and other wardrobe pieces after winning titles.

 

"I've always grown up with animals, and I consider them my best friends," Finnessey says in a behind the scenes video for PETA, "and for us to put them through so much torture and cruelty just for fashion I think is so horrific." 

 

(Warning: There is some graphic animal torture in the video.)

Tags: Miss USA , PETA