AMERICAN APPAREL company’s latest ad uses a topless Muslim model

Fortunately, for her, she is an ‘ex-Muslim’ model. The striking ad is likely to outrage many Muslims for linking a half naked model to a country where Islam is the dominant religion and nudity is frowned upon.


UK Daily Mail  American Apparel has sparked controversy once again with a new ad starring a topless former-Muslim model from Bangladesh. The powerful image is accompanied by a description of Maks, revealing how she was raised a strict Muslim but ‘distanced herself’ from her Islamic faith as she grew up, in search of her ‘own identity.’

The bold image, which appears in Vice magazine’s U.S. and Canada editions, stars 22-year-old Maks, a merchandiser for American Apparel, who was born in Dhaka but has lived in California since the age of four. The words ‘Made in Bangladesh’ are printed across her chest – referring to the woman, of course, not her jeans, a means of raising awareness about American Apparel’s fair labor practices – all its clothing is made in downtown LA.

It’s too early to tell what sort of reactions the latest ad will draw, but chances are this won’t be the last we hear of it.