Keeping up with Impact/GFW/Impact again has been a real challenge lately, as the company spent most of 2017 and early 2018 wrapped up in ownership changes that detrimentally affected personnel and content. During the summer, the Knockouts – hopefully with a steadier roster now! – began to release some photoshoots again. The first, themed “Back To Basics” seems to be a ground floor attempt to take the division back to its most recent high point, 2013 when Christy Hemme was directing the KOs marketing. The presentation includes adjectives with each photo highly reminiscent of the photoshoot that accompanied the opening of the now-defunct WestlingKnockouts.com website. I hope this does indeed herald a renewed beginning for these ladies! In keeping with the theme, the styling is stripped down and simple: denim shorts, tees, girl-next-door vibes. I’m having an inordinate amount of fun with these snaps, likely because we’ve been so starved for shoots on all fronts lately!
Katarina (the lady formerly known as Winter) kicks things off with a black tank and dark denim shorts. She throws some edge into the look by completing it with knee-high scrunch boots with a sexy lace-up back. Her rock-solid poses show her comfort and experience: they’re fierce and sensual at the same time.
Allie takes the shoot to a lighter, brighter place: pairing a white tank with medium wash denim. Fringed beige ankle booties give an on-trend Western vibe to her look. She plays around on the bench prop flawlessly, conveying both sweetness and sexiness at once.
Tessa chose a black cropped top paired with cut-off dark denim and rounded off the look with fierce pointy ankle booties. Despite the minimalist vibe of her clothing, she manages to channel femme fatale attitude with her unique poses and stunning facials. She gets props for working hard to push the envelope.
I always enjoyed Rebel’s previous work with Impact so it was a thrill to see her back again! She slays this ‘shoot with her trademark sassy attitude, pairing a deep-v front tank with her medium-wash denim shorts and fabulous OTK boots. The outfit is sweltering hot and she backs it up with poses that would make Marilyn grab a notebook!
New to the Knockouts line-up is Kiera Hogan, the only lady to go with leggings instead of shorts. She enhanced that laidback vibe by pairing them with a wordy short-sleeved tee. Wedge mules complete her look. Her long, curly hair is gorgeous and her facial shot is Rihanna-worthy! That amazing snap is my favorite of hers.
Fan fave Madison has left the KOs roster since this ‘shoot was done, but we get this swan song to enjoy: a feminine white tank with a hint of ruching at the bodice paired with dark denim cut-offs and cute strappy espadrilles. She nails the summertime girl-next –door vibe. As always, I can’t help but admire the ease with which she lays down flawless snap after flawless snap.
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