A Cambodian children's hospital has rejected a donation made from the sale of a naked portrait of ex-supermodel Carla Bruni on the grounds that Cambodian's believe making money from the naked female form is exploitation.
Beat Richner, the director of the children's hospital in Cambodia who were offered the donation explained that the Government in Phnom Penh would consider it an offence for the hospital to benefit from an insult (Cambodian's see the naked photograph as an insult) to the wife of the French President.
Last month when Carla Bruni visited London the media was a buzz with the release of the naked picture of her, taken in 1993 for Italian Vogue, and she was said to be bitterly disappointed that London auction house Christies released the shot on the same day that she arrived in the UK with her husband French President Nicolas Sarkozy's for a state visit.
The portrait went on to raise a whopping £46,000 at auction, partly due to the media frenzy surrounding it, and Carla's new position as the French first lady.
The money will now be offered to another worthy cause.
By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 14 April 2008More