Lara Bingle is the anti Miranda Kerr. One uses her rooftop for yoga, the other for topless sunbathing. One lives on a strict diet of pulverised kale and goji berries, the other supplements kickboxing classes with Bubble O’ Bill ice creams.
But while she’s still most known for saying “bloody” in a Tourism Australia advertisement, Lara Bingle is far from just a bronzed Bondi mega-babe.
Both Lara and Miranda have recently posed topless for magazine spreads. Last month, Miranda embodied porn star Cicciolina for V magazine, and now Lara has morphed into nine SFW personalities and one topless one for local Oyster. Miranda’s shoot was barely even picked up by local media (granted V is an American magazine, but it’s also a very widely read website) while Lara was given many subtle burns by outlets in Australia and New Zealand for exposing her breasts in what works out to be 10% of a pretty exquisite spread.
The Telegraph called the shoot ‘raunchy’ and ‘provocative’. New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz somewhat irrelevantly cites former federal tourism minister Fran Bailey’s opinion of the Lara as possessing "the looks and the body to be another Elle Macpherson. But not the brains." Both make lengthy mention of the topless shoot she did for GQ in 2012.
The shoot in question is actually really stunning. Shot by Byron Spencer and styled by Tiana Wallace, the brilliantly kitschy photos play on the cult of personality and feature Lara wearing many fantastic wigs. We’re especially impressed by her ability to pull off short brown curls, which, combined with a bedazzled Emma Mulholland bikini and fringed Romance Was Born skirt, make her look like a youthful Liz Taylor at a tropicana-themed pool party. Other photos feature pieces by Hermès, Josh Goot, vintage Versace and Antipodium.
"It was an amazing challenge to shoot her and really change the way models and personalities like her are represented elsewhere. We like to push the boundaries," publisher Monica Nakata told Fairfax Media. "It was an amazing challenge to shoot her and really change the way models and personalities like her are represented elsewhere. We like to push the boundaries."
See all the images at Oystermag.com.