Top Model Takes a Hit

tyra.jpgIt surprises me that a show that is all about the typical vision of beauty and young girls hasn’t come under too much fire in the past; but now all of that is changing. On the March 26 episode of America’s Next Top Model, apparently a model was doing a photo shoot and was instructed to lie naked in a bed such as Marilyn Monroe once had. TV Guide says,

“Council president Tim Winter nevertheless called the shoot “irresponsible” and said it “crossed the legal threshold for broadcast indecency.”

He added, “This is not simply a matter of artistic freedom, as some might claim. Rather, this is about a television network intentionally pushing the envelope to establish a new acceptable nudity standard for the broadcast medium.”

Winter maintained that the segment was uncalled for and irrelevant to the Tyra Banks-hosted modelling show. “The entire photo shoot scene, which lasted for more than a minute, is wholly gratuitous and undoubtedly intended to titillate,” he said.

“Parents and families are fed up with such blatant and continued disregard for decency standards.”

This is an interesting issue. Are the teen girls that watch the show really so innocent that they don’t realize these girls are doing a photo shoot? This is a depiction of the modeling world and this, and much worse, is what happens in the modeling world. Is it not up to the parents to discuss this with their children, ask them what they think about it, and start an open discussion? Is it really Tyra Banks’ job to do this? Now, I’m generally not a supporter of Ms. Banks but I feel in this case her show may be being unfairly judged.

The model on the show was covered in sheets and cameras were placed in just the right spot to block the viewer from seeing anything. And Top Model has always done one photo shoot where the girls are naked. Nothing has ever been seen and again, it’s just to get the point across to the girls that they will have to do this type of thing to succeed in the modelling world. Whether that world is right or wrong is up for the girl to decide but I think this is another case of people having too much time on their hands.

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#1 AlwaysHungry on 04.17.08 at 6:35 pm

I actually can’t believe this show is still on. Has any of the winners ever made it big

#2 MUMIMAE on 01.31.09 at 11:36 am


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