Late Wednesday night, American Apparel fired to its controversy-courting founder Dov Charney as chief executive due to an "ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct. At the same time that scandal clung to Charney, the company's financial performance faltered. Shares in the company have fallen 84 percent over the past five years. Charney was the subject of lawsuits for sexual harassment and violence aimed at employees, charges routinely denied by American Apparel. Charney relished the aura of misbehavior and his company's advertising became renown for its over-the-top and unbuttoned sexual imagery. Some of the ads were so out-there that they drew bans overseas. Here's a look at ten of the most controversial ads used by the retailer.
The 50 Most Porn-y American Apparel Ads Of All Time (NSFW)
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Sources familiar with the matter claim that investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc. It's more bad news for a company that's dealt with a lot if over the course of the last year. So, just like we did when news of the bankruptcy first hit, let's take a look back at the glory days. The porny days. And aside from sitting on a massive amount of debt, it's been embroiled in numerous lawsuits, ousted and then battled its notoriously raunchy CEO Dov Charney in court, and was only able to bring about 20 percent of fall merchandise to stores due to a lack of funding. Things haven't looked good in a long time. Which is why, today, it wasn't much of a surprise to see The New York Times report that American Apparel is declaring bankruptcy. Still, the company is down, not out: It'll keep its manufacturing center in Los Angeles and its U. And, presumably, it'll still keep churning out advertising, though perhaps of a more subtle sort than its controversial, often-NSFW ads of days past.
When American Apparel declared bankruptcy and sold out last year, we thought it was dunzo. Well, except one major difference: All of the models on the website appear to be fully clothed. The previously Los Angeles-based company regularly depicted young women in sexually-charged positions, topless, pantsless, and borderline naked. Certain ads were harmless, while others—like the one that depicts a model named Maks who hails from Bangladesh, a part of the world consistently embroiled in hot water because of poor working conditions for factory laborers— is not. Born in Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, Maks vividly remembers attending mosque as a child alongside her conservative Muslim parents. At age four, her family made a life changing move to Marina Del Rey, California. After reading the text accompanying the topless photo of Maks, we were prompted to inquire: what does her being topless have to do with anything? We came to expect nothing better from the brand, whose former CEO Dov Charney is a known sleaze, having been accused by his employees of unwanted sexual contact time and time again. Click through the gallery to see the 50 most porn-y American Apparel ads ever. And consider yourself fairly warned: they are graphic, rather unsettling, and completely NSFW.
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