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March 25, 2007

America's Next Top Crime Victim

America's Next Top Model features themed photographs every week. They ran out of ideas a while ago (um, yeah, I've seen it, I've dated women).

Until recently. They did something I don't think has ever been done before, because I'd've heard of it. Or if it was done before, it wasn't done very often, and not very prominently.

The theme of last week's pictures? The models posing as corpses, victims of violent crime.

Some of these pictures are pretty graphic; all of them are macabre.

I'm not going to scream about this too much because, of course, I fear the vagina. No, but really, it's definitely a new (or new-ish) idea, even if it's creepy and lends itself to charges of misogynism or sexualized, aesthetized images of violence against women.

I'm just saying it's better than another goofy "Science Fiction" theme.

Although I'm not sure how one is supposed to judge these pictures. "Death becomes you!" one judge apparently exclaimed, but how can it? The big thing they're always blabbering about is "projecting" and making one's eyes "pop" out of the picture, coming "alive" in the frozen moment, and all that; obviously that's impossible here, at least if you're doing a halfway decent job of pretending to be dead.

And of course you really can't be sexy, either. That would, um, create a lot of tnesions that Tyra & Co. aren't quite daring enough to dare.

I guess I'm supposed to be outraged over this, but I'm really not. It's the sort of audacious (or audaciously stupid) idea that fashionistas get all excited about.

Eh. A lot of the pictures are actually pretty crappy, but what can you do with this concept, really?

Twiggy made a rather unfortunate remark:

"I was rather distressed by what Dionne was wearing today. She doesn't stand out of line for me. She's got no oomph."

Um, yeah. She's got no "oomph" because she's supposed to be dead.

In related news, the judges agreed that Anna Nicole Smith has "just been phoning it in lately."

Via a guy who never hat-tips anyone, so screw 'em.

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