‘Next Top Model’ Contestants Pose In Objectophilia, Gay, Polygamous Weddings

Marriage is anything but traditional – at least according to 'America’s Next Top Model’s' latest episode.

On The CW’s new show last Friday, model contestants posed for wedding photo shoots galore from nudist, shotgun, lesbian, and biker “marriages” to gay, objectophilia (in this case, exchanging vows with a TV), polygamous, and hip-hop unions. The show entitled, “The Girl Who Gets Married Again,” appeared to cover all bases in the wedding department – except for a traditional one (but, hey, that would scream boring, right?)

As host, former model and TV personality Tyra Banks handed the contestants their newest assignment: to pose for “alternative” weddings or, in other words, a, “remix on marriage.” The winnings went to Marvin, Don, and Chris H. – who posed in the polygamous and gay marriages. Phil, who modeled in the objectophilia wedding didn’t do quite as well, because, unlike the gay wedding where Don and Chris H. “killed this shot,” Judge Rob Evans recommended, “you need to look at that remote control and be like, ‘I’m looking at a girl right now.’"

America’s Next Top Model aired the episode as part of the show’s “Cycle 20.” For the first time, the show admitted men as contestants in order to “explore the similarities and differences that male and female models face in the pursuit of their careers.”

The reinvent marriage trend made its rounds in the modeling industry as Lifetime’s Project Runway aired a “Tie the Knot” competition last week where fashion designers raced to incorporate bow ties in their clothing.

The inspiration came from Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s “Tie the Knot” business, which sells bow ties to fund “organizations that are in the trenches fighting for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans every single day.” To the judges’ delight, the winner, Brandon McDonald proposed to his boyfriend on the runway at the end – the same day the Supreme Court ruled against Prop 8.

Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture at the Media Research Center