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Unwrapped (March 20th, 2011): Gail, Maryse, SoCal Val, Tamina & Tara


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 Gail Kim, Maryse, SoCal Val, Tamina and Tara:


Gail Kim
I’ve always found that outfits that might look a little trashy on some Divas manage to work with Gail. This obviously has a lot to do with her smaller frame, so certain skimpy outfits don’t look as revealing on her. Here, Gail’s wearing a tiny black halter top, black pleather hot pants and some intense accessories in the form of her heels and forearm-devouring bracelet. With the color scheme consisting entirely of black, even down to her hair, the look is very sleek and almost super spy-esque. She wears it well, and her poses are diverse and interesting, though I think, in keeping with the look, Gail probably could have been a bit more mysterious and serious in some of them. In two photos, she gets that mood perfectly right, and I think a photoshoot full of that would have been a nice departure and a full transformation from the smiley babyface Gail is right now.
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Maryse
Maryse’s super-long hair isn’t enough to distract us from her dress, which is detailed quite nicely around the neck. Her bracelets, with equal detail, compete with that as areas of interest, and I can’t help but think choosing one (namely the one on her left arm) would have made for a less cluttered look. She’s posing against a wall and garage door, which don’t exactly fit with her look, and while it adds interest more than a regular studio background would, the result is a shoot that looks a bit mismatched. She evens looks a bit cheerier than usual, and I find myself appreciating the typical sultry poses a bit more–the devious look is more natural on her.
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Tamina
It doesn’t look like Tamina’s quite settled into the photoshoot thing just yet–she still looks a bit stilted, not natural. Of course, practically every Diva (namely the ones without modeling backgrounds) goes through this phase at first. Here, Tamina’s wearing a brown dress, while a bit plain for a photoshoot, looks good on her and fits her persona, which isn’t exactly flashy. The poses show the hallmarks of the photoshoot newbie–hands on hips in most of them–a while she looks beautiful smiling, its the more serious looks that are the best. It’s a basic and rahter unremarkable shoot, but it shows promise, and hopefully Tamina takes the best parts of it and works on them until she blossoms into a photoshoot pro.
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View the photoshoot.


SoCal Val & Tara
If the WWE has the market cornered on serious, sexy holiday-themed photoshoots, TNA’s talent is making quirky, entertaining ones. Here is a perfect example of that: Tara and SoCal Val, two Knockouts who aren’t strangers to getting goofy in these kinds of shoots, are dressed up in green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and are covered in lipstick kisses. It’s a cute, creative photoshoot (better than, say, wearing green tops and posing with four leaf clovers) and displays the personality of these two Knockouts. I always like when photoshoots are fun and go outside the box, and this one achieves both. Here’s hoping for a Easter-themed shoot with these two–bunny ears and buck teeth, anyone?
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