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TLC's Chilli Strips Down to Stripes to Help Circus Animals

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TLC's highly anticipated comeback performance at the AMAs of their hit tune "Waterfall" on Sunday isn't the only TLC news people are talking about. Singer Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas is also making headlines in a new ad for animal rights group PETA.

The 42-year-old singer, who won several Grammy Awards with the girl group and had a string of hits and best-selling albums in the '90s, stripped down for the cameras in a controversial ad to bring attention to the cruel treatment that circus animals often endure.

In the ad, Chilli appears crouched behind bars in a cage wearing nothing but a striped, painted-on body suit. This is much more than a sexy fashion statement – the singer is getting an important point across.

"Like many of us we've all gone to the circus when we were little and all you get to see are the tricks and the hoops and all this kind of stuff," Chilli says in a video promoting the ad campaign. "We think that's so cool and great that an animal can do that, but they are totally out of their natural habitat."

"There's so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is a something that a lot of people don't get to see," she adds. "They're being mean to them to make them do this trick... and I think that everybody needs to be aware of what's really going on."

According to PETA, circuses deprive tigers of many things that are natural and important to them, including interacting with their families, foraging and hunting for food, and roaming for miles. Many circuses lock them in small cages and traveling boxcars where they are exposed to extreme heat and freezing-cold weather. These conditions lead tigers and other big cats to become ill, despondent, and increasingly agitated, endangering other animals, circus workers and attendees.

Chilli joins the ranks of several high-profile celebrities who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses' cruel treatment of animals, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Alec Baldwin, Edie Falco and Olivia Munn.

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