Emily Lavender has been in London before.
But the 23-year-old Ottawa woman definitely caught a little more attention during her Thursday visit on behalf of PETA.
People honked, leered and whipped out their cellphones to take pictures as Lavender, who works for PETA, and another woman stood at Wellington and King streets wearing only black high heels and nude-coloured skivvies.
“We’re encouraging people to make compassionate shopping choices,” Lavender said as a brisk wind whipped up goose pimples on her arms. “That includes (staying away) from wool, fur, leather … and exotic animal skins… There are so many other fashionable choices.”
Tim Begley, 28, of London was just fine with Lavender’s fashion statement. He was among the people ‘ mostly men ‘ who stopped by to chat with the ladies during the first few minutes of the lunch-hour demonstration.
“I think it’s great. It’s for a good cause,” said Begley, who offered to hold the ladies’ sign for them on several occasions.
Lavender and her companion ‘ PETA volunteer Laura Lee, 48, of Burlington ‘ have spent the week taking their cause around southern Ontario.