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,
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.
Photos courtesy of the CW