Model and worldwide desire-object Lara Bingle, infamous for uttering the words “Where the bloody hell are you?” in the ‘controversial’ Tourism Australia ad, is suing lad wank mag Zoo Weekly for defamation, misleading conduct and breach of copyright after it published pics of her posing in a revealing swimsuit.
Breach of copyright makes sense since Zoo Weekly didn’t own the photos, but defamed how? According to the Herald, Bingle’s lawsuit claims the magazine implied she:
- Consented to pose in a G-string bikini for a smutty men’s magazine;
- Was the sort of model who would invite readers to achieve sexual pleasure from her photographs; and
- Was prepared to demean herself for money by being photographed scantily clad for a smutty men’s magazine.
This would all be terribly unjust if the mag had, say, followed her down to the beach and taken photos without her permission. But these pics were from a professional photo shoot done in August and were “taken only for two uses: promoting the photographer’s company, Roger Management [snigger] and her modelling career“.
So Bingle’s beef is not so much that she was being objectified for the pleasure of men but who gets to treat her as if she were a piece of meat. It’s a bit rich to say you’re not prepared to demean yourself for money in a men’s mag if you’re quite clearly prepared to demean yourself for money for a photographer or modelling agency.