It’s nice to know that even in this day and age of ‘been-there, done-that, bought-the-T-shirt, took-the-selfie cool’ pictures can still cause a controversy. Heidi Klum seems to have found some of that controversy (though she is only the model in this case) in Las Vegas of all places. In the new Shaper Image “Gift Right” adds H.K. can be seen posing nude (though she is covering herself) sitting next to Sharper Image products with racy taglines printed on the add next to her. Last week Clark County Las Vegas officials banned these black and white ads at Vegas’ McCarren airport saying that they do not allow “the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple.”
The irony (or is it hypocrisy) of an official statement like this is not lost on anyone who has ever driven out from that Vegas airport. The billboards that litter Las Vegas, highways, McCarren, the infamous “Strip” show more bare female skin then even the most seasoned visitor to the gambling Mecca can stomach. The bared space under Klum’s nipples (nipples that are never exposed anywhere in the ads) seems small by comparison, in offending severity and actually space.
Thankfully for all concerned and for tasteful erotic art in general, it seems Las Vegas is rescinding the ban with Sharper Image as the company is now presented ‘edited’ ads. The Klum ads will be displayed from 1/3-/1/9, just in time for the CES-the Consumer Electronic Show-that hits Las Vegas on (see all about it here: http://www.i4u.com/57/ces)
This is not the first time Sharper has gone tongue-in-cheek sexy. In 2012 they ran a campaign of Megan Fox in stockings pushing their wares. Who knows what they might present next year and what city might move to ban those ads.
By the way, the initial non-edited adds have been approved in many other city’s NOT Las Vegas.