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What’s Red, Black, and Blue All Over?

Maria in “Red, Black, & Blue”

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: When it comes to Maria, you can always count on her to pull out the flashy stuff – for better or worse. Usually, the latter applies. However, this time she’s keeping it pretty tame (well, for her at least). It all stays in the same color family, save for the blue art class creation on her head. I love the gray color of her dress, and the ruffles are edgy enough without looking ridiculous. Her ever-present single glove has always kind or irked me, but I’ll look past that, since it seems to be her “signature”, and won’t be leaving any time soon. The suede boots are cute, save for the tassels. Maybe they’d be more appropriate with a more casual look. Her hair is about 20 feet high, and the craziness isn’t helped by the aforementioned Carrie Bradshaw-esque blue accent. It seems as though every piece is competing for attention, which is typical with Maria, but I have to say that it’s less schizo then most of her looks. Grade: B

The Poses: Maria should always smile. When she does, she looks stunning. Luckily, in this shoot, the pouting is at a minimum and the smiles are out in full force. Save for a few “deer in the headlights” looks, Maria keeps it fun and mixes it up, to pretty good results. Grade: A

Uniqueness: You can always count on Maria to break from the norm, and however bad or good you think this shoot is, I can guarantee you won’t see any other Diva looking quite like this. The blue accent alone is enough to make this entire shoot stand out. Grade: A

Overall: Maria’s photoshoots usually put me off, but I’m liking this one. I don’t think I’ll ever fully embrace Maria’s exuberant style, but as far as it goes, this isn’t all that bad. Grade: B

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