Wearing nothing but a stunning pair of angel wings and holding her dog, Zoe, supermodel and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons goes au naturel for peta2's gorgeous new ad campaign, "Be an Angel for Dogs." In the ad, Simmons shows off her naked desire to get people to make dogs a part of their families--and not leave them tied up outside or cooped up at home alone all day.
"Play with them ... take them for long walks ... don't ever cage or chain them," says Simmons. The campaign will debut in magazines soon and is being launched to coincide with national Unchain a Dog Month, which is observed every January.
Millions of dogs are left chained and unattended in back yards across the U.S. every day--shivering in the dead of winter and suffering in the extreme heat of summer. They are frequently denied even the most basic care, including adequate food; fresh water; shelter from the elements; and preventive, basic protection from tormenting parasites like fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and worms. Living day after day in isolation causes these social, pack-oriented animals to suffer from loneliness and distress. Intensive confinement and a lack of socialization can drive dogs insane and make them dangerous.
In an exclusive interview with peta2, Simmons says, "You cannot just chain up an animal. The chains are heavy, it's cruel. Dogs need to run and play." She urges people to do whatever they can to help neglected backyard dogs. "Everybody should do the best they can, because a lot of little 'best-you-cans' add up to a lot of saved animals," says Simmons.
What's more, Simmons has donated more than $20,000 to PETA to help severely underprivileged dogs living in low-income, rural areas. Thanks to her generosity, more than 100 dogs have received sturdy, weather-tight doghouses with a shade overhang for summer, straw bedding, toys, and new collars and harnesses. Dogs found with injuries or illness have also received emergency medical care--treatment that their guardians might not have been able to afford. Simmons' funding of PETA's program provides not only truckloads of houses but also staff to deliver them, truck rental and gas, and the equipment to dig up fences and posts that commonly tangle dogs' tethers.
The wings Simmons wears were designed by renowned costumemaker Martin Izquierdo, the genius behind Victoria's Secret's iconic angel wings, who adapted his design and created Simmons' wings out of 100 percent cruelty-free synthetic materials.