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Handcuffs were the only thing Zoe West, of Kingston, New York, was wearing when she was taken into custody on Tuesday evening.
The 21-year-old beauty was splashed with paint for famed local bodypainter Andy Golub in a stunt that drew onlookers ranging from tourists to office workers.
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Crowd-pleaser: Tourists and workers alike gathered to watch Andy Golub paint model Zoe West in New York's Times Square
But not everyone enjoyed the spectacle.
At about 5 p.m., several NYPD officers showed up and took the woman into custody, binding her with handcuffs and hauling her off in a police van.
Miss West said there was nothing against the law about her modelling.
She told the New York Post: 'I don't believe there is truly anything wrong with what I did and with what he was doing.'
Colour me bad: Zoe West is led into a police van after her arrest while serving as the canvas for bodypainter Andy Golub
Miss West, whose ModelMayhem.com profile promises she would do 'NO EROTIC NUDE WORK EVER,' said the charges were later dropped.
Mr Golub is no stranger to gawkers in Times Square either, as he’s been there to perform his art several times over the last few years.
He was charged with public lewdness in a similar stunt last month with two other models.
The 45-year-old told the Post that Miss West was aware of the risks and posed for him anyway.
He said: 'I explained all this to my model, so she was completely aware.'
Naked ambition: Zoe West said she was aware getting arrested may have been one of the risks when she was bodypainted in Times Square