Photo by Michele Barber-Perry

As the NY Times noted in their piece last year regarding the return of pubic hair, "For centuries of artistic tradition, the absence of pubic hair was merely an illusion. Renaissance artists depicted the female pelvis in smoothed stone or oil-painted shadow." And now, Brave Artist Dov Charney is taking that taboo on with his latest window display... or maybe he just needed a new way to sexualize young women. UNISEX PUBES MADE IN AMERICA $49.99!

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(Jen Chung/Gothamist)

This week the American Apparel on East Houston Street put up a new window display, featuring a more natural looking mannequin. We called the shop up this morning and the employee who answered told us that the mannequins just went up last night, and he had never seen them before... "not in this configuration" (a.k.a. full 1970s porn bush showing through a high-waisted white panty). While leaving nothing to the imagination, at least this mannequin looks like she's of a more... legal age, than say, the models used to sell the clothes online.

UPDATE: Jen Chung is on the scene, and says the mood is light, "people are laughing." Unlike the very serious—dare we say Feminist—mannequins chosen for this display.

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(Jen Chung/Gothamist)

And American Apparel's Ryan Holiday tells us, "The display was created for that store specifically." He also passed along this statement: "American Apparel is a company that celebrates natural beauty, and the Lower East Side Valentine's Day window continues that celebration. We created it to invite passerby's to explore the idea of what is "sexy" and consider their comfort with the natural female form. This is the same idea behind our advertisements which avoid many of the photoshopped and airbrushed standards of the fashion industry. So far we have received positive feedback from those that have commented and we're looking forward to hearing more points of view."

UPDATE II: Learn more about the Vast World Of Mannequin Pubic Areas right here. You're welcome.