American Apparel Mannequins in New York Feature Prominent Pubic Hair

I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. American Apparel has placed mannequins in the windows of its New York store that feature realistic breasts and giant patches of pubic hair that stick out from behind white panties. Here's a photo of one of the mannequins from Twitter:

Apparently, the folks at American Apparel think it's good business to offend the good tastes of American citizens everywhere. Company managers claim it's a celebration of natural beauty, but if that's truly the case, then why don't the mannequins also feature leg, arm and chest hair?

Dee Myles, a visual merchandiser at the company, told stylite.com the following:

"It should be offensive that people are offended. That’s how I feel. I mean, I was a women’s study major in college. I already sent photos of the window to my mom. So, yeah I think it’s having us internalize if we are uncomfortable, why that is? Because that’s more natural than if the mannequin did not have it. We are all really excited. It’s not about being controversial. It’s about sparking conversation. It’s not supposed to be shock value. I think we come from a time where people can be blowing up things on television. Why would this be thought of as a greater issue?"

I'd hate to see what her nether regions look like. I'd also hate to have to try to explain to one of my children why the mannequin looks like she has Buckwheat in a leg-lock. Sure, a hairy vagina is a vagina in its natural state, but there's no reason to display a giant bush in public.

Then again, maybe it's pure marketing genius. After all, it's got a lot of people talking about it. And you know what they say...No publicity is bad publicity.