Category Archives: T.I.

Sex Sells, but is T.I.’s Clothing Ad Taking it Too Far?

What does simulated oral sex have to do with jeans?

Everything, according to T.I.’s clothing brand, AKOO. Their advertisement, which graces a billboard in Newark, New Jersey (woot! woot! Sorry, Jersey girl moment), depicts a woman pulling down a man’s AKOO jeans, with his hand lovingly dictating what she should do with her head. Sigh.

There’s been nothing short of an uproar among Jersey residents about the explicit nature of the ad. Even the mayor spoke up, but his gripe wasn’t about the simulation, it was about the jeans sagging off the male model’s behind…umm, so simulated oral sex in tight jeans is better?

Anyway, I do agree that the ad is not something I’d want my impressionable, pre-pubescent cousin to see while out and about in Newark.

But as we all know, billboard sex is all too common in the high-end fashion world, with Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana being repeat offenders. They make AKOO’s ad look tame. Check out some jaw-dropping risque ads below (NSFW).

Implied gang rape at Dolce & Gabbana.

Simulated orgy at Calvin Klein.

Eva Mendes’ boobs at Calvin Klein.

Pretend Masturbation at Emanuel Ungaro.

Simulated oral sex again at Puma.

Yes, I guess it catches your eye when you’re stuck in traffic on a city street. But is it socially responsible to put these offensive ads out there? 

And what in the world does it have to do with clothes? Sex sells, yes, but vulgarity won’t encourage me to purchase a pair of jeans. Thoughts?

UPDATE: T.I.’s ad has been taken down from the billboard in Newark. Do you think removing the ad is excessive or understandable?

Kisses,

Coutura

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Let’s Hear It For The Boys! Part Two

Next up? The MOST SWAGGERFUL award goes to none other than Mr. West. He’s cocky, confident and any grown man that walks around with bookbags and teddy bears doesn’t care what you think about him…and isn’t that what we find so appealing? In an era where individuality often meets criticism and scrutiny, West’s one-of-a-kind, over-the-top style is edgy, brash and unapologetic…and we love him for it.  
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Label love…The Louis-Vuitton Don in all his signature metallic glory

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From the dashing black, white and red suit he wore to the VMA’s to the Cornel West meets Urkel meets Diddy look at the Thakoon show, it’s clear Kanye loves Fashion. And no matter what other rappers say (I’m talking to you Sigel!), he’s not afraid to show it (on his scalp, see below). 
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Strange, maybe even crazy, but you have to respect his boldness! Wonder what Karl Lagerfeld had to say…

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Smart and sharp at the Thakoon show.

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And it doesn’t hurt to have designing beauty, Alexis Phifer, on his arm either (btw, I think Ghita is adorable). Now if only we’d get a preview of that Pastel line Ye keeps talking about…
Runner-Ups:
T.I. for his extraordinary swag, but T.I.P.’s gotta go…
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Jay-Z…so tall and lanky, his suit should thank him! But in the words of my friend Jey, you CAN wear skinny jeans because your debit card fits…
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More awards (and sexy pics) on the way…
Kisses,
Coutura
Photos: NYMag.com.