Indian Rape-Themed Fashion Photo Shoot Sparks Major Controversy

 

Let the record show that here at Audrey, we have no problem with creative editorial fashion shoots that showcase photographers and designers who think outside the box. We do however, have a major issue with offensive photo shoots that depict the scenes of a real-life gang rape incident that occurred in New Delhi, India, in 2012, where a 23-year-old woman was brutally raped, tortured and murdered on board a bus home.

This pretty much goes without saying, but it’s just an incredibly insensitive idea to have a rape-themed photo shoot in a country where 93 women are raped every single day. In fact, rape happens so frequently there that Indian women have created anti-rape clothing to protect themselves. Clearly, this is still very much an ongoing problem that has yet to be resolved.

Mumbai-based photographer Raj Shetye, the man responsible for the controversial photos series titled “The Wrong Turn,” claims that the photo shoot was not an act of glamorizing the “Nirbhaya” case  (Hindi word for “fearless,” a nickname given to the 23-year-old victim to protect her identity), but rather as a way to raise awareness for the safety of women in India.

“The message I would like to give is that it doesn’t matter who the girl is,” Shetye defended himself in an interview with Buzzfeed. “It doesn’t depend on which class she belonged in — it can happen to anyone.”

 

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I don’t know if you see what I see, but those photos seem to be an exact, literal representation of glamorizing a truly horrific event.

What do you think? Are you as outraged as we are?

Photos courtesy of Refinery29.

Unbelievable Photo Shoot: Models Dive 25 Meters Underwater

Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong has truly outdone himself this time. Von Wong has put together a breathtaking photo shoot all done underwater.

The photo shoot took place 25 meters under the sea in a 50-year-old sunken shipwreck off the coast of Bali. As you can imagine, a lot was expected from the models who had to dive the 25 meters and hold their breath for the perfect shots.

Each model was handpicked by Von Wong and had to be experience freedivers. That meant they had to be accustomed to diving without oxygen tanks. Instead of the usual photo and lighting assistants, this photo shoot required the help of experienced safety divers who provided oxygen to the models from their oxygen tanks.

And don’t get us started on how dangerous this shoot was! There were times when the models needed to be tied down to the ship so they wouldn’t float away. Creepy? You bet. One wrong move could have made this photo shoot a fatal disaster.

Luckily, Von Wong had the difficult photoshoot under control. Beautiful, flowing dresses were provided by Bali-based designer Ali Charisma. The dresses helped to achieved the look of mermaids who would lure sailors into the depths of dark waters using their beauty.

Was it worth the risk? We certainly think so. The photos are beyond breathtaking and the two models, Nora Li and Camilla Argent, are doing just fine.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video to get a more in-depth look at this complicated photo shoot.

 

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Brenda Song’s Steamy Photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine March 2014

Lets be honest here. Who doesn’t have a crush on Brenda Song? The former Disney star grew up as one of the few well-known, young Asian American faces in mainstream media.

Song began acting and modeling at the age of 7, but she is most known for playing the ditzy heiress London Tipton on the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck from 2005 to 2011. Since then, Song has grown up quite a bit.

With the recent theory that Disney stars eventually fall into a “badboy/badgirl” phase or disappear from acting completely, Song has been praised for avoiding these pitfalls of a child actor. Instead, she has seamlessly transitioned into adult roles.

“Transitioning from child to teenager to adult is a difficult process for anyone,” Song tells Audrey Magazine. “But doing it in front of the camera, you can grow with your character, and I’ve been fortunate to grow in the right direction.”

Some of her various “grown-up roles” include parts on ABC’s Scandal, FOX’s New Girl and most notably the Academy Award-winning film, The Social Network. Currently, the 25-year-old plays Veronica on the FOX sitcom Dads, executive produced by Family Guy creator Seth Mac-Farlane.

To top it off, Song recently took part in a steamy photoshoot for Glamoholic Magazine. Needless to say, Song has clearly grown up and is ready to flaunt it. Check the photos below.

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Asians in Fashion | Miss A’s Suzy for Elle Korea September 2013

This 18-year-old Korean singer and actress gives us a taste of her modeling skills.

Bae Su Ji, more commonly known by her stagename Suzy, is most recognized for her role as Go Hye-mi in the popular drama series Dream High alongside Taecyeon, Eunjung, Wooyoung, IU and Kim Soo-Hyun.

Suzy is also known for her roles as Jang Ma Ri in Big, Yang Seo Yeon in  Architecture 101, and Dam Yeo Wool in Gu Family Book.

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In 2010, Suzy debuted with Korean girl group miss A. Adding on to her already impressive resume, Suzy has done her time as a tv host and is nicknamed “CF Queen” due to her success with endorsements.

Clearly, this is one talented young lady and quite a beauty as well. In this Elle Korea September 2013 photoshoot, Suzy shows a mastery of her poses and an amazing ability to make color pop. Check out the photos below:

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