New Zealand’s Next Top…Jailbait?

New Zealand’s Next Top Model officials may be finding themselves in a bit of hot water today.

Pictures of a near-naked 16 year old Michaela Steenkamp were featured on New Zealand’s Next Top Model but were later taken down and altered due to the model’s age.

Michaela Steenkamp, New Zealand's Next Top Model?

Michaela Steenkamp appeared yesterday on the TV3 website showing her posing over a rock, her body smeared with mud but her breasts clearly exposed. The website was featuring the contestants in last week’s episode, shot in Rotorua, New Zealand.

According to the New Zealand Herald News, the unedited image of Michaela appeared on the site for several hours before it was replaced with a nipple-less image (above).

TV3, the Kiwi station that Top Model airs, tried to downplay the scandal by saying:

“Michaela….wore adhesive covers for the mud pool shoot. We make every effort to protect the girls’ modesty and none of the girls are forced to do anything that they aren’t comfortable doing.”

Let’s not forget that while the contest officials may not be forced to do anything, this is a competition and the girls likely do anything they can to win.

What do you think of the scandal? Is Michaela too young to pose half nude? Or is America just prude?

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