Max Key's controversial cigarette photo could have been avoided if he'd only chosen a different prop. Here are some suggestions for the next time the Prime Minister's son decides to take off his shirt in front of a camera.

A Bachelor rose

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) director Stephanie Erick says Max would look "super-sexy" if he'd chosen a rose instead of a cigarette. So we grabbed it off Jordan Mauger, and gave it to him.

Puppies who think they're doctors

Puppies are cute, and they're even cuter when they're wearing stethescopes. Time for a medical, Max.

Coffee in a Cone

A flat white served in an ice cream cone is the latest trend to hit South Africa. Rest assured, they'll be served by a bearded barista in a hipster cafe near you soon enough.


Hotdog Girl

Or he could have dressed up in a hotdog costume of his own, like this little princess.

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Maxception

Ripped Max looks at magazine featuring photos of ripped Max, who looks at magazine featuring photos of ripped Max ... you get the picture.

- Photos have been digitally altered. Original photo by Monty Adams for Remix Magazine.

- nzherald.co.nz