On a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model — hosted by Strong Woman Tyra Banks — the models were made to do a photo shoot in which they were all supposed to look like they had been murdered. Each woman got a different style of death — electrocuted, stabbed, shot, strangled, etc. And each woman is made up and positioned to look beautiful, sexual, and as if she had been violently killed. I don’t really know what to say beyond, “Holy shit,” but luckily Jennifer is more articulate:
The lithe lot of ‘em are arrayed in awkward, broken poses, splayed out in cold concrete corridors, lifeless limbs positioned bloodily, just so, at the bottom of staircases, bathtubs and back alleys, mimicking their demise via stabbing, shooting, electrocution, drowning, poisoning, strangulation, decapitation and organ theft (!), to judges’ comments of “Gorgeous!” “Fantastic!” “Amazing!” “Absolutely beautiful!” and, of my favorite, “Death becomes you, young lady!”
Like Jennifer, I’m not going to post the pictures here. They’re absolutely grotesque and extremely disturbing, but you can view at your own risk here.
Most of the models are dressed like super-sexy sirens, with a bra-covered breast hanging out of a shirt, or skirt hiked up as far as it can legally go without breaking obscenity laws and legs splayed, or dressed in sexy lingerie and laying on a bed. They have blood sprayed across their chests, or bruises around their necks. It’s clearly intended to turn the viewer on, while equating desirability and eroticism with violence against women.
To borrow a Twisty-ism, I think we often underestimate just how much they hate us. But they aren’t really trying to hide it, are they?