Orchid lei featured on July GQ cover

dendrobium-orchid-lei-emily-ratajkowski-gq-magazine-july-2014Oh my, look at those orchids!

This summer I was walking by a magazine stand, and couldn’t help but notice that a orchid lei was featured on the July cover of GQ Magazine.

Impossible to miss those white dendrobiums.

I eventually noticed model/actress Emily Ratajkowski in the background, who got all oiled up and posed with the orchid lei on a black sand beach somewhere around here on the Kona Coast of Hawaii. Probably good publicity for orchids and for Hawaii.

Of course, nowadays it seems that wherever you find orchids you find controversy.

If you follow the news, it seems that last month a bunch of Lands’ End shoppers were outraged by being mailed ‘soft porn’.

Lands’ End, a Wisconsin-based purveyor of cardigan twinsets, turtlenecks, and dressy polos, partnered with Conde Nast for a yearlong deal to send copies of magazines to the retailers best customers. And that relationship was going well, until the July GQ landed in mailboxes across the country.
Lands’ End customers flooded the retailers’ Facebook page with unhappy responses:

“My 14-year-old son brought in the mail today & was quite disturbed & fascinated by a ‘gift’ Lands’ End sent us — a copy of GQ magazine with an absolutely OBSCENE cover!!!

“I ordered Christian private school children’s uniforms from your company and you sold my home address to a magazine company that peddles in soft porn for men???”

I guess orchids really are that offensive to some.

- Clint Zavodny

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