The End Of An Era: All Of American Apparel’s Most Controversial Ads

There have been lots of problems for American Apparel; the clothing company was at odds (again) with Great Britain’s Advertising Standard’s Authority over its risqué imagery and the CEO was fired after a lengthy investigation into his ethics. Now, American Apparel is shutting down after being purchased at a bankruptcy auction by Canadian company Gildan Activewear. Since American Apparel is closing its doors, let’s take a quick walk down controversy lane and revisit some of the most scandalous ads, some of which honestly belong in Playboy magazine.

ASA Ruling

After receiving two complaints against ads currently appearing in print and on the company’s website, the ASA looked into the matter and saw several reason to rule on the matter and ban the offending photos. You can take a look at these images for yourself and decide if you agree but it is quite apparent that these ads are inappropriate.

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This first image is one of the more pg-13 rated shots; if we are honest, the racy images increase in vulgarity from here. This shot of a model with an oversized sweater would probably be really great for the public to see if she was actually wearing pants.