Pubic hair is back – at least at American Apparel it is.

The always-controversial retailer has adorned mannequins in a New York store with lashings of the stuff, complete with tufts peeking out the sides and everything.

HuffPost spoke to a staff member at the store who says the mannequins went up on Thursday morning and are meant to convey the “rawness and realness of sexuality”.

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The mannequins are in an American Apparel store on East Houston Street in NYC

We’ve made enquires with the UK head office of American Apparel to see if pubic hair will be appearing on models on these shores, but no response as yet.

SEE ALSO Bushwhacked: Has The War On Pubic Hair Gone Too Far?

But we're hopeful the 70's bush models would go down a storm in Britain.

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The inclusion of pubic hair is meant to convey the 'rawness and realness of sexuality'

More than half of women (51%) surveyed by UK Medix in November revealed they do not style or groom their pubic hair at all and almost two thirds (62%) say their partners prefer them au naturel.

Welcome back, pubes. We missed ya.

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  • Its CEO Has Been Repeatedly Accused Of Sexual Harassment

    American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/irene-morales-dov-charney_n_1373424.html" target="_blank">faced multiple accusations of unwanted sexual conduct</a>, including accusations that he forced an employee to perform oral sex and kept one employee as a sex slave. According to American Apparel spokesman Peter Schey, Charney is currently involved with four sexual harassment suits that the company believes "have no merit." Charney told CNBC that such lawsuits are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/dov-charney-interview-american-apparel_n_1419086.html" target="_blank">"a testimony to my success."</a>

  • It Was Sued For Allegedly Firing A Cancer Patient

    American Apparel was sued in 2010 for allegedly <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2010/10/05/american-apparel-sued-for-firing-worker-in-chemotherapy/" target="_blank">terminating an employee who was undergoing cancer treatment</a>, CBS Los Angeles reports. The company <a href="http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19579066" target="_blank">settled the lawsuit for $60,000 in 2011</a>, according to Daily News. Spokesman Peter Schey told HuffPost that American Apparel "agreed to intensify its training about the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act" following the the settlement, and now "has a policy that goes above and beyond what the law requires with regards to accommodating people with disabilities."

  • Its Employees Are Allegedly Hired And Fired Based On How Hot They Are

    American Apparel hires workers only after taking a full-body photograph of them and has faced accusations that it only <a href="http://gawker.com/5559165/american-apparel-has-a-full-body-head-to-toe-hiring-policy?skyline=true&s=i" target="_blank">hires the best looking candidates</a>, Gawker reports. Likewise, CEO Dov Charney reportedly personally went through photos of store employees and requested that any <a href="http://gawker.com/5323472/we-predict-more-lawsuits-in-dov-charneys-future" target="_blank">"ugly people"</a> be let go, according to one store manager. For its part, American Apparel says its <a href="http://gawker.com/5329709/dov-charney-i-do-employ-uglies" target="_blank">policy is to hire workers who are knowledgable about its products</a>.

  • A Factory Worker Died On The Job

    In 2011, garment worker <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/tuan-phan-american-apparel_n_933107.html" target="_blank">Tuan Phan was killed by a circular knitting machine at one of American Apparel's factories</a>. Calling the incident a "freak accident," American Apparel spokesman Peter Schey said "the company immediately took steps to avoid this type of terrible accident ever happening again," adding it is "fully committed to worker health and safety."

  • Its Been Accused Of Racism

    American Apparel paid out over $300,000 in damages after a worker <a href="http://gawker.com/5037306/racist-hipsters-schooled-by-ex+american-apparel-employee" target="_blank">sued for being called "n****r"</a> by his superior repeatedly, Gawker reports. The company has also been <a href="http://thegrio.com/2010/06/15/american-apparel-doesnt-want-trashy-black-women/" target="_blank">accused of profiling customers</a>, <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-racist-ads-of-the-modern-era-2012-6?op=1" target="_blank">running racist ads</a> and <a href="http://www.racialicious.com/2011/08/08/does-american-apparel%E2%80%99s-ching-chong-hat-offend-you/" target="_blank">making racially insensitive products</a>. "Under no circumstances does the company think racial slurs are appropriate," Peter Schey told HuffPost.

  • Its Ads Get Banned... A Lot

    American Apparel's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/10/american-apparel-adverts-banned-sexual-objectifying-images-half-naked-models_n_3050235.html#slide=2320826" target="_blank">racy ads</a> have been banned <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/american-apparel-ads-banned_n_1403006.html" target="_blank">repeatedly for showing nudity</a>, supposedly <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/sep/02/asa-american-apparel-ad?INTCMP=SRCH" target="_blank">being exploitative</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/american-apparel-sexy-ads-asa-child-models_n_2243360.html#slide=1805880" target="_blank">sexualizing child models</a>.

  • It Almost Went Bankrupt

    American Apparel has been flirting with bankruptcy since 2010, coming especially close in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/04/american-apparel-bankruptcy_n_844713.html" target="_blank">spring of 2011 after losing around $86 million</a>. Despite calls for the company to outsource production due to the financial strife, it remained committed to "domestic production, fair wages [and] positive working conditions," according to American Apparel's Peter Schey. An <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/american-apparel-gets-80-million-george-soros-firm-woes_n_1339409.html" target="_blank">$80 million credit infusion from billionaire George Soros</a> in 2012, however, appears to have put the clothing company on more solid financial footing.

  • Its CEO Allegedly Throws Dirt At People

    A 2012 lawsuit brought by former employee Michael Bumblis accused CEO Dov Charney of throwing dirt at a store manager and calling him a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/03/american-apparel-lawsuit-dov-charney_n_2232080.html" target="_blank">"fag" and a "wanna be Jew,"</a> The Huffington Post reports. "Dov Charney and witnesses deny that Charney ever assaulted or rubbed dirt in Mr. Bumblis's face," spokesman Peter Schey told HuffPost. "Mr. Bumblis sued only after being terminated for cause (after numerous warnings about his conduct before and after the alleged dirt-throwing incident)."

  • It Apparently Can't Take A Joke

    In 2011, America Apparel ran a contest called "The Next Big Thing," which sought a plus-size model for its new larger line of clothing. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/14/nancy-upton-wins-american_n_962472.html#s352748" target="_blank">Nancy Upton's collection of ironic photos</a> for the contest was the popular winner but American Apparel chose not to give her the top prize because of her "attempts to discredit the positive intentions of our challenge," a spokesperson wrote at the time.

  • It Unknowingly Hired Unauthorized Workers

    American Apparel was <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/us/30factory.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">forced to fire 1,800 employees</a> after a federal audit unveiled irregularities in the documents immigrant workers provided American Apparel in order to get hired, The New York Times reports. "We interviewed every worker one by one to ensure that we were absolutely certain that we didn't terminate anyone who had a right to be here," American Apparel's Peter Schey told HuffPost.