Mar 9, 2014
French Stamp Inspired by Topless Feminist Protester Under Fire
Posted on Jul 15, 2013
Controversy has erupted in France after the creator of a new stamp featuring the country’s revolutionary symbol Marianne says his work was inspired by a topless Ukrainian feminist protester who was granted political asylum by the French government.
“For all those who ask who the model was for Marianne, it’s a mix of several women, but particularly Inna Shevchenko,” said artist Olivier Ciappa, one of the stamp’s designers.
Shevchenko, 23, is the leader of the French branch of Femen, which bills itself as a “radical feminist” group. The organization is perhaps best known for staging topless protests around the world.
“FEMEN is on French stamp,” Shevchenko tweeted. “Now all homophobes, extremists, fascists will have to lick my ass when they want to send a letter.”
The stamp was unveiled by President Francois Hollande on Sunday as part of Bastille Day celebrations in the country. Already, France’s right-wing Christian Democratic Party is calling for a boycott of it.
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