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Olympic Swimmer Amanda Beard Nude For PETA

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amanda Beard launched her naked, anti-fur campaign poster outside the Athletes' Village in Beijing on Wednesday after Chinese authorities canceled a planned unveiling, citing safety concerns.

In a poster for animal rights group PETA, the reigning 200-meter breaststroke champ appears naked in front of the American flag with the slogan "Be comfortable in your own skin. Don't wear fur."

The 26-year-old said she decided to pose nude for the PETA campaign because she loves animals and hates how fur is produced for fashion: "What happens with animals when their skin is ripped from their bodies when they are still alive, it's heartbreaking for me. I have seen a lot of the videos, and it brings me to tears. What many think is pretty is actually something that's very gruesome and gross."

August 7, 2008 |

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