Hillary Clinton "thought this was outrageous," reads a Post-it note attached to a copy of the 1998 catalog

By Tierney McAfee
Updated April 28, 2015 08:20 PM
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When an Abercrombie & Fitch Christmas catalog depicting young teens in sexually provocative positions sparked a backlash in 1998, no one was more shocked than one parent who happened to live in the White House at the time.

Former first lady Hillary Clinton, 67, was outraged by the racy ads, as evidenced by a copy of the catalog found among the presidential archives of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“HRC thought this was outrageous re: teens + sex + selling sex to sell clothes,” Clinton aide Ruby Shamir wrote in a Post-it note attached to the cover, Politico reports.

Former President Bill Clinton also took note of the catalog – whose cover featured a shirtless boy in bed with several clothed girls – flagging an angry letter he received from a concerned citizen. “Make sure HRC sees this too,” he wrote in the margins.

As Politico points out, Clinton’s reaction to the catalog illustrates a “socially conservative streak” in a political career that has largely championed liberal issues.

The Democratic presidential candidate and new grandmother has yet to comment on the potential dangers of sexually explicit media in her newly launched campaign, but sources close to Clinton say her views remain the same, Politico reports.

Plus, she still has close ties to Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that aims to “promote safe technology and media for children,” and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is a member of the group’s board of advisors. So it’s possible we’ll hear more on this subject from Clinton as she continues down the campaign trail.

As for Abercrombie & Fitch, the company announced last week that it will no longer feature shirtless models in its stores and ad campaigns. Better late than never.

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