French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

When it comes to magazine swimwear photoshoots, we're usually subjected to the same, rehashed concepts: A languid, passive model lying on a beach or propped on a river rock. Not in Paris Vogue.

The "Game Girl" layout in the May issue — shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, whose work we have gushed over before, features tableaux of Daria Werbowy "beating up" guys in the desert. It's a little Death Proof and Thelma & Louise and kinda silly, but also unexpected and visually arresting.

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

The caption reads, "Daria vs. Greg Bonnet, Plumber."

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

Here, Daria has her way with cinematographer/photographer Blair Madigan.

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

Seeing a female model be "aggressive" and physical with these men raises so many questions: Is she on a rampage? What made her snap? Did these guys do something to "deserve" an ass-kicking?

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

Obviously, because of Rihanna, issues of male/female violence are in the air right now. Certainly, were the tables turned, and a male model were striking out at random women, it would not be acceptable.

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

And yet… Isn't that the point? Aren't women usually the mistreated props? This guy is identified as a truck driver, a profession often stereotyped as being insensitive to women.

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

This is Dewitt Cannon, a champion skateboarder — a pro in something thought of as a boys' club.

French Vogue's Swimsuit Shoot Kicks Ass

Here, Daria is pictured with Josh "the Baby Faced Assassin" Barnett, a heavyweight MMA fighter. And while we can question whether this entire photo shoot is about male/female power struggles, clichés regarding what's really "tough" and turning violence or subjugation of women on its ear, the truth is, it's just an interesting idea for a swimwear layout, and one of the asses kicked is Lucky's.



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