The 50 Most Porn-y American Apparel Ads Of All Time (NSFW)

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The 50 Most Porn-y American Apparel Ads Of All Time (NSFW)
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It’s hard to argue with the fact that American Apparel has built an empire on little more than moderately good underwear, T-shirts, and other basics. But we all know it’s not the clothes the company is really famous for — it’s American Apparel’s ads full of controversy and nearly nude models that garners them so much attention. The Los Angeles-based company regularly depicts young women in sexually-charged positions, topless, pantsless, and borderline naked.

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Certain ads are harmless, while others — like the one that depicts a model named Maks who hails from Bangladesh, a part of the world consistently embroiled in hot water because of poor working conditions for factory laborers — is shown completely topless. Across her chest are the words “Made in Bangladesh,” and underneath is her full story:

“She is a merchandiser who has been with American Apparel since 2010. Born in Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, Maks vividly remembers attending mosque as a child alongside her conservative Muslim parents. At age four, her family made a life changing move to Marina Del Rey, California. Although she suddenly found herself a world away from Dhaka, she continued following her parent’s religious traditions and sustained her Islamic faith throughout her childhood.”

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After reading the text accompanying the topless photo of Maks, we’re prompted to inquire: what does her being topless have to do with anything? Could not the point have been made that she’s abandoning her restrictive, conservative religious beliefs in a way that doesn’t also exploit her for her body?

We’ve come to expect nothing better from the brand, whose former CEO Dov Charney is a known sleaze, having been accused by his employees of unwanted sexual contact time and time again. And perhaps this ad isn’t really as outlandish as we first thought; a look back through the history of all American Apparel’s ads reveals that the most recent one barely scrapes the surface of the brand’s now-infamous porn aesthetic.

Click through the gallery to see the 50 most porn-y American Apparel ads ever. And consider yourself fairly warned: they are graphic, rather unsettling, and completely NSFW.

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american apparel topless
american apparel topless

The ad in question, featuring topless model Maks.

amsterdam panties
amsterdam panties

An ad for panties shown in Amsterdam.

vice spain
vice spain

An ad for "Vice" magazine's Spanish edition.

Photo: Nate Scott
vice panties
vice panties

An ad for panties placed in "Vice."

vice ad
vice ad

Another ad for "Vice."

vegas legging
vegas legging

An ad for the Vegas leggings.

uk panties
uk panties

A U.K. ad for panties.

Photo: Nate
uk micromesh
uk micromesh

A U.K. ad for a micromesh bodysuit.

tights 2
tights 2

An ad for tights.

uk bodysuits
uk bodysuits

A U.K. ad for bodysuits, which was subsequently banned.

thong
thong

An ad for thongs.

swimwear
swimwear

An American ad for swimwear.

swimsuit glasses
swimsuit glasses

An ad for swimwear.

stirrup socks
stirrup socks

An ad for stirrup socks.

skinny pants italy
skinny pants italy

An Italian ad for skinny pants.

jeans 2
jeans 2

The same ad that ran in another country.

sexy tee
sexy tee

An ad for a "sexy" T-shirt.

Photo: Nate Scott
socks
socks

An ad for knee-high athletic socks.

san diego ad
san diego ad

A San Diego ad for a nude bodysuit.

rome
rome

An ad for the new store in Rome.

playboy france legging
playboy france legging

A French ad for leggings.

Photo: Nate Scott
pantyhose
pantyhose

An ad for pantyhose.

panties
panties

An ad for panties.

panties 2
panties 2

Another ad for panties.

montreal micromesh
montreal micromesh

A Canadian ad for micromesh bodysuits.

micromesh 2
micromesh 2

Another ad for micromesh.

miami tights
miami tights

A Miami ad for tights.

jeans
jeans

An ad for skinny jeans.

Photo: Nate Scott
leggings
leggings

An ad for polka dot leggings.

japan swim
japan swim

A Japanese ad for swimwear.

japan socks
japan socks

A Japanese ad for socks.

japan micromesh
japan micromesh

A Japanese ad for micromesh.

Photo: Nate
japan lauren phoenix
japan lauren phoenix

A Japanese ad featuring actress Lauren Phoenix.

Photo: Nate
japan legging
japan legging

A Japanese ad for leggings.

italy thigh highs
italy thigh highs

An Italian ad for thigh-highs.

germany swimsuit
germany swimsuit

A German swimsuit ad.

hiking
hiking

A very reasonable ad for hiking boots.

germany summer
germany summer

A German ad.

Photo: User
french ad
french ad

A French ad for panties.

france micromesh
france micromesh

A French ad for micromesh panties.

colored tights
colored tights

An ad for colored tights.

boston thong
boston thong

A Boston ad for the tank thong.

chicago
chicago

A Chicago ad.

boobs
boobs

An ad for swimwear.

belgium pantyhose
belgium pantyhose

A Belgian ad for pantyhose.

basics
basics

An ad for basics.

amsterdam store
amsterdam store

An ad for the Amsterdam store.

amsterdam reversible vest
amsterdam reversible vest

An Amsterdam ad for the reversible vest.

amsterdam shine tights
amsterdam shine tights

An ad for tights from Amsterdam.

america panties
america panties

A U.S. ad for panties.

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  • amsterdam panties
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  • vice panties
  • vice ad
  • vegas legging
  • uk panties
  • uk micromesh
  • tights 2
  • uk bodysuits
  • thong
  • swimwear
  • swimsuit glasses
  • stirrup socks
  • skinny pants italy
  • jeans 2
  • sexy tee
  • socks
  • san diego ad
  • rome
  • playboy france legging
  • pantyhose
  • panties
  • panties 2
  • montreal micromesh
  • micromesh 2
  • miami tights
  • jeans
  • leggings
  • japan swim
  • japan socks
  • japan micromesh
  • japan lauren phoenix
  • japan legging
  • italy thigh highs
  • germany swimsuit
  • hiking
  • germany summer
  • french ad
  • france micromesh
  • colored tights
  • boston thong
  • chicago
  • boobs
  • belgium pantyhose
  • basics
  • amsterdam store
  • amsterdam reversible vest
  • amsterdam shine tights
  • america panties
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