Skip Nav

"America's Next Top Model" Gets Political?

"America's Next Top Model" Gets Political?


For the first photo shoot challenge on this new "cycle" of "America's Next Top Model," the women had to pose for photos that convey a political stance. It reminds me of something Molly Shannon's Mary-Catherine character on "SNL" might do: "My thoughts on this issue would be best expressed in a highly stylized fashion shoot."

The difference, of course, is that the people at "ANTM" aren't joking. What's more, the models didn't even get to pick their issues; Jay Manuel assigned each girl a political view, including such polarizing topics as gun control, the death penalty, and gay marriage. As with the trend in Halloween costumes (slutty nurse!), the resulting get-ups turn serious issues into bizarrely sexual outfits. For more ranting and a gallery of the photos, read more


One might argue that the photos aren't necessarily trying to sexualize these issues, but it's hard not to read them that way. I find it baffling that the image conveying "pro-death penalty" borders on dominatrix, while the "pro-life" sentiment shows a woman chained to a clinic in what looks to be a parody of a serious real-life situation. To make that somber reality into a "theme" for a fashion shoot is offensive and bizarre. Other photos are downright creepy, such as the "pro-eating meat" picture, in which a model is sitting on top of a bunch of meat staring listlessly at the camera. Click on the thumbnails to view the images below and tell me what you think.

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Photos courtesy of the CW

Latest

Download our new Selfie app!

+