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"Glee" Star's Controversial Photo Shoot





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Published on Sep 2, 2011

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New photos of 'Glee' funny girl Heather Morris with a black eye are sparking quite a bit of controversy. The 24-year-old TV starlet posed for a shoot in which she is representing a "'Barbie style' housewife," according to famed provocative photographer Tyler Shields, but some people are saying that the shoot makes light of domestic violence situations.

Shields is sticking up for his work though, telling TooFab "It was something we both wanted to do, a bruised up Barbie. In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We both loved the idea and we both love the photos." He told US Weekly: "Our shoot poses a lot of questions, but just like in real life, Heather is definitely not a victim. More like a really liberated woman."

Rita Smith, the director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence told E! News: "If he [Shield] had stopped with the image of the bruise, [the pics] could conceivably be used as a way to raise awareness about the impact of violence. But the other things do make it look appealing, as if she might be enjoying the process and I don't think that's helpful." The online spread (which you can view at shows various shots of Morris with a bruised eye. In one, she poses submissively, appearing to be tied up while holding an iron's electrical cord between her teeth. In another, she drinks water from the iron as it dangles directly above her head. A final shot finds her posing splayed out on an ironing board.

Shields is no stranger to provocative imagery, having made headlines last year for a photo shoot which saw Lindsay Lohan covered in blood and a bra and holding a knife to her head. So what do you think? Are these kinds of photographs artistic? Or do they promote violence against women? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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