If I Can Dream cast members get naked for PETA, but not Alex Lambert

Three cast members on If I Can Dream, Giglianne Braga, Ben Elliott, and Justin Gaston, have become the latest reality stars to pose naked for PETA. Most recently, Bethenny Frankel got naked for her photo shoot during an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City; years ago, Survivor couple Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca stripped.

If I Can Dream PETA The online reality series follows aspiring stars who live together in Hollywood, including American Idol’s Alex Lambert. While Alex is half-naked in the shower at the start of the PETA shoot episode below, he decides not to be in PETA’s campaign because, he tells a fellow cast member, “I don’t want my family to see me like that, I don’t want my fans to see me like that. … I look like I’m 17 … Maybe in a few years.”

Ultimately, model Giglianne Braga, actor Ben Elliott, and singer-songwriter/Miley Cyrus ex Justin Gaston strip down. Although it’s an online series, there is still blurring, but oddly, Gig’s breasts are basically exposed (covered just with small nipple guards) while the editing blurs out the men’s asses.

The whole thing is kind of comical, especially because of Ben, who is consistently under the impression that his exposed genitalia will be covered by fur but later discovers his equipment goes in a little pouch instead (“so my balls and penis in this?”). Just Jared has high-quality versions of the final PETA images if you need new desktop wallpaper.

Meanwhile, since the show began in early March–episodes are on Hulu, and you can watch inside the house 24/7–one cast members, Amanda Phillips, has departed, and Gaston recently started opening for American Idol winner Kris Allen.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.