Eva Mendes stops traffic for Calvin Klein

Eva Mendes

I have been a fan of Calvin Klein since I was a little girl, says Mendes. To me, Calvin Klein has always represented sexiness, a freedom to express yourself and to be different.

Mendes sees the Calvin Klein ads as empowering young women, especially those who are not white and mainstream: That is extremely important for all of us; it was important for me because I was very awkward with myself during my teen years.

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Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes was born March 5, 1974 in Miami, Florida. She's one Holywood's hottest, with a hugely successful sideline as a model for Revlon and Calvin Klein. She impressed as hooker Frankie in 'Bad Lieutenant'.

Some of Mendes' work for Calvin Klein was considered too racy for the American public. Her ad for Klein's perfume Secret Obsession was banned for exposing a glimpse of nipple. As we have learned from the Janet Jackson - Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction, there is nothing like female nipple for sending shivers of terror down the nation's spine.


Mendes takes all this in her stride. The Calvin Klein controversy has helped, rather than harmed, her career and has no doubt led to Calvin Klein selling more of its perfume and lingerie line.

I have been a fan of Calvin Klein since I was a little girl, says Mendes. To me, Calvin Klein has always represented sexiness, a freedom to express yourself and to be different, and let your uniqueness come through.

Mendes sees the Calvin Klein ads as empowering young women, especially those who are not white, suburban, and mainstream: That is extremely important for all of us; it was important for me because I was very awkward with myself during my teen years.

I always felt that I didn't fit in physically or emotionally. It wasn't until years later that I realized all of the things that I wanted to change about myself when I was younger, I am thankful for now.

It is so satisfying for me, to be part of a campaign where I would inspire women and girls and show them that it's OK to be different, it's OK to be controversial, it's just OK to be yourself.

Showing her body to the world does not bother: I'm very free with my sexuality, but not everywhere all the time. I pick and choose when I do nudity, and who I do it for when I'm working, and when I'm doing it.

She adds, I've done nudity twice in a film. One time was opposite Denzel Washington in Training Day, and the other was opposite Joaquin Phoenix in We Own The Night.

It's all very methodical on my end, says Mendes. I won't be afraid of my sexuality. I won't be afraid to put it out there when I choose to, and I have never felt exploited. In 11 years of being in this business and doing some pretty risque shoots and movies, I've never felt exploited.

By Armand Whyte