This photo by Richard Avedon is well-known for a reason. At the time, the contrast between the dirty elephants and the clean, elegant model was unheard of. Nowadays, this is not as jarring. Artists constantly push the boundaries, and society as a whole is not as conservative as we were in the 1950s.
What really makes the photograph unique is the textures: the rough elephant skin and the smooth fabric of the dress. There is also a contrast between the tones, which is further emphasized because the photo isn’t in color. The elephants are grey while the model in her dress is black and white.
If I had to reshoot this photo, I would correct two things. There is a definite balance of symmetry from left to right except for the third elephant on the right side. Also, I like that the model is imitating the elephants lifting their trunks, but I wish the dress flowed out or she stuck her leg out away from her body or something similar to copy the way the elephants are lifting their right legs.