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All in All It’s Just Another Brick in the Wall

Maryse in “To the Walls”

We’re debuting a new format for our Eye Candy posts – complete with more detailed critiques and “graded” categories. View the photoshoot we’ve “hung” on our wall, read our critique, vote, and last but not least – sound off in the comments!

The Look: Maryse (or Maurice, as Michael Cole likes to call her) obviously prides herself on her sleek sense of style, but I don’t see anything remarkable here. The belly-baring tank top with laces on the sides looks like something from a knockoff clothing chain at the mall – certainly not something a stylish Parisian would wear with pride. The jeans are better, with their light wash and destroyed look, though the Fleur-De-Lis pattern on the pockets is a bit “obvious”, if you know what I mean. I can’t see much of the boots but I like the color, and the cluster bracelet is gorgeous. I like that she’s not wearing much jewelry and limits it to one eye-catching piece. It’s obvious she’s going for a more casual, easy look, but I can’t get past the trashy-looking top. It doesn’t help matters that no one told her that her bra is poking out. :X Grade: B-

The Poses: Maryse mixes smiley with serious, and uses nothing but a bare wall to base her poses. She’s such a master at making the whole thing look easy that “laid-back-but-sexy” should be her trademark, if it isn’t already. She doesn’t overdo the facial expressions, much to her benefit. Hell, she should probably hold a workshop for repeat “duck lips” offenders on how to pull off “understated sexy”. But Maryse wouldn’t be so special then, would she? Grade: A

Uniqueness: This shoot is pretty blah, as her look doesn’t really jump out at you. It looks like something she might wear on her off days, and while it’s always a nice change to go more casual for photos, it doesn’t make for a very interesting shoot. Still, I’ll take a brick wall backdrop over a black sheet any day. Grade: B-

Overall: Maryse skips stylish and heads straight for trashy, all because of one tiny white top. It seems ludicrous that one thing could make me so sour, but I just really, realllly don’t like it. Still, I don’t hate the entire shoot, obviously. Be sexy, Maryse! Just don’t do it in a top you probably found in the Juniors department. Grade: B-

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