Racing Victoria Gets Racy, Racing Fans Recoil

Remember when Racing Victoria tried to heat things up with their Spring Racing Carnival 2016 campaign? I do, because they got burned, and pretty badly.

Racing Victoria has come under fire for their most recent ad campaign featuring topless models, and there’s been no shortage of criticism on the subject.

Spring Racing Carnival 2016 | Racing Victoria Topless Ad | Track Mode

I would be staring, too. Image: Racing Victoria

Leigh Russell: “Here we go again…topless women selling horses. What a disgrace.”

Marybeth Lepine: “Seeing how some young women dress to come to the races is really mind boggling. The interesting thing is how often we hear men commenting ‘I would be horrified if that was my daughter’ or ‘they leave absolutely nothing to the imagination’. When the advertising is of semi-naked women what message does that send.”

TonyW: “Dear VRC, I assume this means it is all ok for women and men to be topless at the spring carnival this year. Should save a few dollars on my outfit.”

If we’re going to be extremely accurate here, the women weren’t exactly naked: they were “wearing” body paint on their torsos and skirts underneath.

I’ll admit that the artwork itself is great. Makeup artist Amanda Nash is very talented — she’s done body paint on Grammy Award-winning music videos. The face makeup is great, the millinery exquisite.

Spring Racing Carnival 2016 | Racing Victoria Topless Ad | Track Mode

Image: Racing Victoria

Spring Racing Carnival 2016 | Racing Victoria Topless Ad | Track Mode

Image: Racing Victoria

All that, however, doesn’t cover up (haha, cover up) the fact that the campaign itself is tasteless, tacky, and absolutely inappropriate. Honestly, Racing Victoria. Showing breasts to sell horses?

I seem to remember that little thing called “dress regulations” which explicitly states that “Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the Members’ Enclosure.” Shorts are not allowed. Neither are “Garments which show midriff.” I’d say your ads showed a tad bit more than the midriff, Racing Victoria.

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