Vajazzling and vattoos it can accept… But Real Housewife Cindy Barshop's neon fox fur merkins are one fad too far for PETA
Real Housewife: Cindy Barshop's Completely Bare salons specialise in the furry fashion
If you thought bejewelled nether regions and snakeskin fingernails were over the top, you may find this to be one cosmetic trend too far: enter fox fur bikini line 'accessories'.
The eccentric beauty treatment, not for the faint-hearted, sees waxed bikini lines being decorated with real fox fur or neon bird feathers.
Designed to attract the attention of amorous partners, the add-ons are also inviting the wrath of animal rights campaigners, who see the real fur attachments as 'cruel' and 'sleazy'.
They are the latest brainchild of Real
Housewives of New York City star, Cindy Barshop, who owns Completely
Bare Salon and is credited with popularising the dubious trend of
'vajazzling' – applying diamant bling to the bikini area – and vattoos,
temporary tattoos in the very same area.
She told TODAY.com that the trend reflects the latest catwalk styles: 'I thought, let's bring back the merkin incorporating these
hot trends and allow ladies to wear something fabulous down there.'
The 40-year-old said that New Yorkers are 'loving' the unusual statement which, we presume, will be seen in the flesh by very few. After
the animal extensions are applied to the pubic area with special glue,
they last for a minimum of three days, and are, says the Completely Bare
site, a 'decadent' add-on to a wax or laser session.
Foxy lady: For the dedicated body-beautiful New York woman who has everything comes the fox fur bikini treatment, $225
The result of the $140 'Foxy Bikini'
and the $110 'Carnivale Bikini' we imagine, is quite a leap from the
rather less glamorous merkins that were popularised by prostitutes in
the 15th Century.
Quite apart from the confusing desire
to remove body hairs only to replace them with another kind of fuzz,
the trend has found ill favour with animal rights activists.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told Today that 'it's outright sleazy, and it's downright cruel to kill an animal to decorate your privates.'
All creatures great and small: If fox fur isn't your thing, feathers can be glued to the nether regions for the princely sum of $195
The indomitable housewife and business woman stands by the follicular statement, however.
said she hoped PETA would 'respect the right to wear fur down there!'
and, according to the news site, sees no ethical distinction between
adding fox fur to the pubic area and wearing fur for fashion.
It's certainly one way of approaching the seasonal dilemma of extra winter warmth.