Jan. 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM ET
The New York City salon that brought you the “Vajewel”, now brings you the latest in peculiar bikini line treatments.
Cindy Barshop, star of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and owner of the Completely Bare salon, just announced two unique new spa items: “The Foxy Bikini” ($225),in whichactual real fox fur is applied to the bikini, and "The Carnivale Bikini "($195), utilizing neon-colored feathers.
"People are loving the concept, it is so over the top,” Barshop, 40, told TODAY.com. “Feathers and colorful fur were shown on a lot of the runway shows and I thought, let's bring back the merkin incorporating these hot trends and allow ladies to wear something fabulous down there.”
The bright accessories, which Barshop envisions to “make you feel sexier”, are applied to the bikini line by a specialist and last a minimum of three days. There are, of course, some special instructions (“don’t scrub with shampoo").
The costly luxury, while creative, invoked much criticism around the Internet – not only for the price, but for its use of fur. "It's outright sleazy, and it's downright cruel to kill an animal to decorate your privates," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told TODAY.com.
Not that it concerns Barshop, who says that although she respects PETA's anti-fur message, she hopes that animal rights supporters would “respect the right to wear fur down there!”
And while Gawker dubbed it the “most trivial use for the fur industry in the history of humanity,” Barshop asks “What makes it any more trivial than wearing a fur coat for fashion?"
Rina Raphael is a TODAY.com editor who likes feathers on royals' fascinators.