Cartier SA, Melissa Etheridge/Tammy Lynn Michaels
This remarkable print ad for Cartier's $4,000 Menotte Bracelets is the first to feature a real same-sex couple: it features openly lesbian rock star Melissa Etheridge warmly holding hands with her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, an actress on "The L Word" on Showtime, who share locking bracelets. Etheridge's and Michaels' faces are just inches apart in a romantic moment.
The ad text reads, "Cartier's Menotte handcuff bracelets symbolize everlasting love and attachment. Here, the elegant white gold pieces seal the bond between Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, who celebrated their love at a commitment ceremony this summer."
The ad ran in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
(Etheridge also appeared nude with her previous partner of 12 years, Julie Cypher, in a 1995 ad for PETA, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.)