Dakota Johnson under fire for wearing exotic skins in Gucci campaign

Author: Liam Gilliver

Read Time:   |  17th January 2023

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Actor Dakota Johnson has been slammed for toting handbags made from real python and crocodile leather


Dakota Johnson has come under fire for wearing exotic skins in her latest campaign for Gucci.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star has been pictured modelling the fashion house’s Jackie 1961 handbags – which are made from real python and crocodile skin.

Vegan charity PETA has responded to the campaign, describing it as ‘extremely damaging’.

The organisation also noted that California law has banned the sale of the “very goods [she’s] promoting” thanks to the cruel methods used to kill snakes for their skins.

Dakota Johnson slammed

The organisation has also written a letter to Johnson, highlighting a recent investigation into an Indonesian slaughterhouse that supplies skins to Gucci.

It shows workers on camera slamming reptiles in the head with machetes; hacking at their necks up to 14 times before they were decapitated for their skin.

PETA notes it has also documented workers ‘inflating pythons with compressed air, electroshocking crocodiles, shoving metal rods into alligators, and cutting snakes open with razorblades’.

PETA noted that California law has banned the sale of the

PETA noted that California law has banned the sale of the "very goods [she's] promoting" thanks to the cruel methods used to kill snakes for their skins. Image credit: belart84 via Adobe Stock


“Crocodiles killed for their skins are often kept in filthy, crowded tanks on “crocodile farms,”‘ a rep for the animal rights organisation said. ‘Workers have been documented electroshocking crocodiles then attempting to kill them by cutting their necks and ramming metal rods down their spines.”

PETA also said that “to kill snakes for their skin, hunters invade their homes, often nail them to trees and then skin them alive before tossing them into a pile to die,’ adding that ‘snakes can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration.”

‘Stop promoting exotic-skin’

“Gucci’s use of exotic skins and your promotion of its products are extremely damaging,” wrote PETA’s Celebrity Outreach Principal Jessica Shotorbani.

“Please, may we hear from you today that you’ll pledge to stop wearing and promoting exotic-skin fashion items?

“There are so many vegan alternatives to python and crocodile skin available today that there’s really no excuse to support such a violent industry.”

Like fur, exotic skins are starting to fall out of fashion with major brands like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Mulberry, and Carolina Herrera banning them in favourite of sustainable, animal-friendly alternatives.

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Featured image credit: Theo Wargo via Getty Images

Written by

Liam Gilliver

Liam is a journalist working for the Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine. He's also the author of We're Worried About Him and has been published in the likes of The Independent, Huffington Post, and Attitude Magazine.

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