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Victoria’s Not-So-Secret Lingerie Show

Animal Rights Activists Storm Stage at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The Associated Press

N E W Y O R K, Nov. 15 — Animal rights protesters tried to steal the spotlight at the taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, storming the stage as scantily clad supermodel Gisele Bundchen strutted down the walkway.

Carrying signs that said "Gisele: Fur Scum," four members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ran on stage Thursday night. Gisele has been targeted by PETA since she signed a modeling contract with Blackglama, a leading American fur company.

The protesters were led away by security guards, and three of the protesters were given summonses for disorderly conduct, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department.

The entire runway segment was restaged and retaped. A spokesman for Victoria's Secret, owned primarily by Columbus, Ohio-based Limited Brands, declined to comment.

Show Draws Attention Annually

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show draws a lot of attention each year for bringing the world's most famous faces and bodies to the airwaves. Other leading supermodels, including Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks, also headlined the show.

This year's event — the 8th annual — was scheduled to air Nov. 20 on CBS-TV. In addition to featuring some of the world's most beautiful people in some of the skimpiest lingerie, the entertainment special was to include interviews and model profiles and appearances by Destiny's Child, Marc Anthony and other big name performers.

Under Fire Last Year

Last year, the show came under fire when it was aired on ABC. The National Organization for Women called it demeaning to women, and the Parents Television Council said it was part of a trend of "crass and vulgar" TV programming.

A Federal Communications Commission member also asked for an investigation into whether the show violated indecency regulations; in March the FCC decided it did not.

The lingerie maker paid to produce the fashion show for ABC and was also responsible for buying most of the commercial time on the hour, to either use itself or sell to others.

Copyright 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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