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Unwrapped: The Bellas Have a Photoshoot Inside a Photoshoot

Our Unwrapped feature is making its return! Every week, coinciding with’s weekly photoshoot updates, we’ll take a look at the newest Diva photoshoot and give you the opportunity to voice your opinions on it. Let’s unwrap this week’s eye candy, featuring Brie & Nikki Bella. View the photoshoot by clicking here.

The Look: The Bellas are dressed identically, save for different jewelry and shoes. While usually I find that move a bit silly or gimmicky for grown women to do (think Hugh Heffner’s twin girlfriends), this outfit is so simple that it works–it’s not like they’re wearing matching lime green pants and pink tops. The black tube top and jeans are simple enough that the outfits look fine next to one another, and it’s interesting to the little differences, such as the way they style their jeans: one cuffed, the other not. If one Diva were to wear this outfit for a photoshoot, it might feel like it lacks something, but with the Bella magic (i.e., multiplying it by 2), it’s solid.

The Poses: The Bellas frequently do gimmicky photoshoots–I guess with all these tandem shoots, they feel they need to do something to mix things up. It’s cheesy, but it’s a Bella trademark, so they probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Here, they’ve got a camera and are snapping phantom pictures of each other, resulting in some silly poses. As in their third Bella Bowl shoot, when a prop gets tossed in, it will eventually lead to jostling and play-fighting, and we see that here, albeit to better results. Most are cute, such as the ones where they pose for each other and fight for the camera, and it’s interesting to see their attitude change a bit to fit their new heel personae–you can sense a new “bad girl” aura coming from the pictures. Altogether it’s a cheesy, harmless photoshoot; the Bellas seem to have become masters at that.

Originality: Even Melina, the Diva with a paparazzi gimmick, never posed with an actual camera in-shot, so the Bellas are definitely trying something new with this. It makes for interesting shots, especially when they can play off each other in new ways. The give-the-Bellas-a-prop trick has been done time and time again, but I think this one’s the best one yet. The camera offers more to the shoot: they can take pictures and pose for each other instead of just fighting over some silly thing like a tiny foam football. It also allows the Bellas to play off their heel gimmick, basking in a new-found sense of narcissism.

Overall: It’s cheesy and the outfits are simple, but it’s a Bella shoot whose gimmick I actually find a bit charming, so that’s got to count for something. Rating: 3/5

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