The question Im wondering out loud from a photography sense is… A swimsuit model shoot like this… does it work? Traditionally, the standard has been clean skin.
More than a couple of great points, Harpo I'd like to try and answer your last one... well, the perception impact lies with... well... the beholder. So it all comes down to the targeted audience/market. If the target is pretty young and into body art sure it'll make sense to have a model the public can identify herself with.