Compare and contrast – on the left side, the original photograph of New Zealand’s Next Top Model contestant Amelia Akiko Nakagawa Gough as seen on the TV3 website this morning, and on the right side, the newly censored image, as seen on the TV3 website this afternoon. 16 year old Michaela Steenkamp (whose breasts were clearly visible on TV3’s website this morning) has also been covered up with smoke. This hasty photoshop job comes after TV3 brushed aside concerns about the 16 year old going nude, saying, “Michaela, Danielle and Amelia all wore adhesive covers for the mud pool shoot. We make every effort to protect the girls’ modesty and none of the girls are forced to do anything that they aren’t comfortable doing.” Their response on Twitter was surprisingly blasé: “For all those concerned about the images from last weeks [sic] episode, the girls are not naked. They have bits on their bits”.
My question to TV3 is this: If there was no cause for concern over the images, why the sudden scramble to remove any trace of breast?
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