A sexy ad campaign featuring one of SA’s top model exports, Candice Swanepoel, has been banned in New York.

Quoting The New York Post, Channel 24 reported that billboards for shoe designer Brian Atwood that feature Swanepoel and scantily clad men and women, have been banned in the Big Apple.

The ads show naked men stroking Swanepoel’s leg, while she is holding a leopard-print shoe provocatively to her fire engine-red lips.

The billboards were to have been displayed outside Atwood’s new boutique at 655 Madison Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown.

However, magazines have been less coy with the campaign in their September issues.

Swanepoel, pictured, is one of the world’s 10 highest-paid international models, according to Forbes.

Defending her role in the raunchy billboard campaign, Swanepoel told Sky News she had no problem with her body, but understood why some would want to ban the ads.

“I respect that they banned it,” she said.

“Not everybody is comfortable with their sexuality and with showing your body. For me it’s not a problem.

“I’m proud of my body. I work hard for my body.

“As long as it’s always done in a tasteful way, which it was.”

Cape Argus