July 11, 2013 08:30 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
The 12th cycle of Project Runway is about to begin, and with it comes a barrage of promotional images. These ads feature Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, dressed like royalty and surrounded by nude models. Unfortunately for Los Angeles residents, the images have been deemed too racy for display on local billboards.
The last place you’d expect a racy billboard to be banned would be Los Angeles (okay, maybe Vegas, but L.A. takes second place), but that’s exactly what happened when city officials decided that a Project Runway promo was unfit to be seen by passing motorists.
TooFab reports that, according to officials, the proposed advertisements was just too racy for a billboard. “The photo was set to run on billboards, posters, websites, bus shelters and in magazines, but the nude bodies were just a little too risque for the public in L.A.”
No, you will not be seeing naked reality show contestants during your next L.A. commute, but don’t worry — a scantily clad version will be coming to a billboard near you. As TooFab explains, there isn’t a blanket ban on Project Runway advertisements, so “a version with underwear will run in [the original's] place.”
And if you’re in New York, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Apparently, the big wigs in the Big Apple have no problem with the controversial advertisement, which is slated to appear both in magazines and on billboards. Yeah, we know you were worried.
What do you think of Project Runway’s latest promotion? Is is inappropriate material for a billboard? Sound off in the comments section below!
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