Unwrapped (April 30th, 2011): Eve, Kaitlyn, Maryse, Mickie & Winter


Every week, following WWE.com and TNAWrestling.com’s photoshoot updates, we’ll take a look at the newest Diva and Knockout shoots and give you the opportunity to voice your opinions on them in a feature we lovingly call Unwrapped. Let’s unwrap this week’s eye candy, featuring Eve Torres, Kaitlyn, Maryse, Mickie James and Winter:


Eve Torres
Rarely does lying around make for a satisfying photoshoot, but Eve achieves that here. She sits on a blood red booth, surrounded by what looks like hockey memorabilia. It’s a bit of an unorthodox surrounding, and part of me think there’s something lacking from the shoot, but that just may be the disconnect in Eve wearing a fancy outfit to hang out with sports memorabilia. Speaking of her outfit, it and her hair work together for a beautifully sleek look and the criss-crosses on her skirt are hypnotizing, but not overwhelming, thanks to the limited color scheme. Her poses are varied, but simple–she mostly smiles and relaxes in the booth. It’s a bit of an odd shoot, altogether. Still, somehow, she pulls it off, looking quite casually beautiful.
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Kaitlyn
The main point of interest in this shoot, for me, is Kaitlyn’s hair. It’s dyed in completely opposite tones and, though I’ve definitely seen this technique done badly, I like it on her. It gives her an edge that the blonde hair just wouldn’t do, and it certainly makes her stand out amongst the other WWE blondes. That’s something she can use, given that she’s yet to develop a character as a Diva. Not that she can build a character as “the girl with the duo-toned hair”, but it helps in this instance. Her dress, with the details on the shoulders, adds interest as well, but I think it’s a wee bit short, a few of the poses making me double-check to make sure she’s fully covered. Those poses, by and large, are not all that interesting, but I like that for at least one she pulled out something different, posing on her hands and knees, showing off her sculpted arms and curvy figure in a way that’s more intriguing for what it doesn’t show rather than what it does.
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Maryse
Maryse looks like an evil queen straight out of a fairy tale, wearing a luxurious fur; long, sweeping hair; ornate jewelry; and smirking like she’s just poisoned Snow White. This is a perfect fit for Maryse, a heel who has every characterization of an evil queen: she’s self-obsessed, beautiful and intimidating. Her dress, which is decidedly unlike traditional fairy tale garb, clings to her and makes her look like a total badass, and I like the cutout at her shoulder–it’s a nice little detail. Her poses are in keeping with that haughty, evil vibe, and all thing considered, I think she looks more intimidating than alluring. But that’s not a bad thing–it’s unique and sets this shoot apart from the countless photoshoots where sexiness is the extent of their purpose. And anyways, I’m sure many of you (and her) still consider her to be the fairest one of all.
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Mickie James
You can’t blame Mickie for wanting to pose with her newly-won Knockouts Title–it certainly took her long enough to win it. That long, hard-fought battle resulted in her first TNA championship, and to celebrate it, she’s taken part in a photoshoot, posing with it as if it were an entity in itself. Her poses are unique, lying beside it, crouching behind it, and hanging it behind her head. Some of the poses are more sexy than your usual title photoshoot–most show the champion basking in the glow of their victory, not making sexy faces at the camera. Still, the title compliments Mickie quite well, its colors echoing the same ones on her boots, jewelry and top. While I never really thought about matching one’s outfit to their title, it does make for interesting photos. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional on Mickie’s part, but I really wouldn’t blame her for doing that, given what she had to get through to finally claim ownership of that belt.
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Winter
I’ve complained about the small number of photos that often amount to TNA photoshoots, and I’m again disappointed that we were only given four photos for this shoot. Winter looks fantastic, and her poses are eye-catching. She seems more personable than her screen persona could ever be, yet you can still sense that slightly quirky quality somewhere underneath. It’s odd to think that her WWE photoshoots displayed more quirkiness, yet her TNA persona is decidedly more strange. Still, maybe that could be simply because the photo selection is so slim that you’re not getting a true feel of her personality in them. In fact, my only complaint about this photoshoot is the scant number of photos, and I’m sure that’s something that’s entirely out of her power.
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