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Discovery Channel’s ‘Naked and Afraid’ makes tribal fashion statements

Alison's fresh-looking sun hat helped keep the rays off her face.
Alison's fresh-looking sun hat helped keep the rays off her face.
Discovery Channel

Picture it: a naked man and a naked woman are trapped together on a deserted island. Your brain is probably already conjuring sordid images of passions run wild. But you’d be wise to stop right there. The Discovery Channel knew what it was doing in presenting “Naked and Afraid” the latest reality series that pits man (and woman) against nature in the ultimate battle of wits and skill. Oh yeah, and they’re naked. But we quickly learn that nudity in and of itself is no guarantee of sexy times. Indeed, it’s quite the opposite.

It's tough out here...
Timo Balk

Contending with issues like menstrual cramps, diarrhea, and insects nibbling at your naughty bits, suffice it to say the experience is far from sexy. But in true survival form, the contestants on “Naked and Afraid” have discovered the most ingenious ways to protect their precious parts from the elements. Not only do these garments help keep the “blurring” to a minimum, they also prove the participants fashion savvy under dire conditions. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing wilderness-inspired apparel on runways by next year. Check out the slideshow to see the “inspiration” behind this imaginary (for now) survival clothing line…