Now that America’s Next Top Model is down to it’s last six girls, I have to start wondering about some troubling scenarios. For instance, what happens if my favorite goes home? Last year I was down with Pink Positive, so even when Norelle left, I had not trouble getting behind Anne and Eva. This year? Ugh. For me, there is not much after Naima, so you know that I was particularly upset when Tyra called her forgettable last week. Judging by how Naima has won the Cover Girl model of the week for, well, every single episode, a lot of people out there agree with me. Also, last week, I called out a girl, SS, for being a bad kisser. Well my friend, let’s call him MP, says that after acquiring a few more data points, he wants to revise his statement. I owe you an apology SS. Sorry.I think everybody knows that I can’t get enough of Tyra, but the girls on the show simply eat it up whenever she is around. As luck would have it, Tyra also brought some African food with her, so the girls could get their grub on. I’m not sure if it means anything, but you know it’s not simply coincidence that Keenya answered the door when Tyra brought the food. I know she eats when she is nervous, but hasn’t she heard of a rice cake or something? Anyway, Tyra likes to have fun, as evidenced by her jumping on the bed to wake up one of the girls. What a great image to wake up to, although it would be better if you woke up and she was sleeping next to you. Tyra also likes to get serious, and whenever she is going to spend time with the top models in situations like these, she always takes the time to break it down a little bit.
Keenya mentions that all of the stuff about her weight really had an effect on her, and that’s easy to say, but as soon as Tyra leaves, she begins to go back for seconds. Sure, they aren’t eating at a French restaurant, but if she has a problem to deal with, Tyra is going to try and help her. Denying that there is a problem, then indulging yourself is not going to get you anywhere. As somebody who said “she struggled with the same problem”, you might want to listen how she was able to get through it.
Tyra does have some words of advice for the girls. Naima admitted that when she was younger she had troubles after her parents divorce, and so she became a wild child. She would stay out late and drink and party. It’s a life she doesn’t want to ever remember. Bankable says that she still had to find a balance between letting her personality go, or holding back and seeming like you are boring.
Ms. Banks is usually good with that type of advice, but I have to take issue with something she suggested when the girls asked how they could be more comfortable in front of the judges.” When nervous, simply imagine the judges are in their underwear,” she said. Well, I can understand how this sort of tactic might work on a great portion of any panels or committees in the country, it is not going to work with the judges of ANTM. First of all, Tyra models for Victoria’s Secret, so she is always going to look good. Second, even though they might get more nervous seeing Tyra in her underwear, it would have made the girls sick to see Nolé in his jimmies. The too much information portion of the evening is brought to you by me, who thought “what if Nolé goes commando”. God, I am not going to sleep in weeks with that image glossed into my head.
With their new advice from our host freshly in their minds, the girls were ready for their challenge the next day. They all learned that they would have 2.5 hours to do some Go-Sees, and return in time to be evaluated. For those of you who may not know, Go-sees are a chance for a model to see a designer in person, get a feel for their clothes while at the same time getting the designer a chance to know them, and how their bodies were going to look.
Everybody was given a taxi, and I think these taxies were more pimp than the blue van the girls have been driving around in. Couldn’t they have imported an Escalade or something? Perhaps even a minivan that was made in the last half century or so? These girls should be traveling in style, right? So the girls had their own drivers, meaning that they weren’t likely to get lost on their way to any meetings. But since they did have a firm deadline, meaning girls were going to have to make good use of their time.
Both Naima and Keenya believed that they were going to have to perform well because of their status in the game, but for the most part, the Go-sees simply emphasized mostly what we thought was true with all of the girls. Brittany said she was a professional, but you know she isn’t going to be holding anything in. Christina is an ice queen. I hate to use the phrase because it has been overdone this season, but it really is the best way to describe her. You wanted a chance for the designer to get a good impression of you, and Christina came across as unapproachable and distant.
Not everything was fun and games however. At one point, Naima and Keenya made it to one of the designers at the same time. Technically, Naima got there first, and the proper etiquette might have been to let the person who got their first to go first, and the other person would wait. This strategy wasn’t good enough for Keenya, and she powered up the stairs past Naima to get to the designer first. It really pissed off Naima, but she was able to hold it in and do her thing after Keenya had finished, or at least until she was ready to move on. At her next designer, Keenya showed she was really out to win. This time, it was Kahlen who had arrived first, and the two girls fought it out to see who would be in the door first. All of those extra meals did Keenya some good, as she was able to muscle her way past Kahlen. All that hard work pushing Kahlen out of the way didn’t do much good, as the designer said she “was a bit fleshy”.
Most of the girls tried to make a choice between arriving on time and seeing more designers. Although Christina took time to do a five minute go-see with one last designer, she was so rushed it looked like she was uninterested. Despite that, everybody made it back to their meeting point, well, except for Naima. With only several minutes to go before she needed to go back, Naima decided to visit not one, but two other designers on her list, thinking that seeing them face to face was more important than being on time. In some circumstances, you could say that was the case, but in this competition, missing a deadline can be the difference in staying or being eliminated. And although she was 45 minutes later than she was supposed to be, she didn’t seem to be penalized, and the designers that met her liked her. Brittany and Keenay were also well liked, and Kahlen was seen likable, but seemed too innocent for some. Not surprising anybody, Christina didn’t make a good impression with her personality.
Keenya’s hard work ended up working for her, as she won the challenge and a dinner that night with Craig Port. She was able to bring one person, and of course she took Brittany. A limo came to pick them up (an early-nineties mercedes limo, don’t they have any new cars in this place? I know they have car theft problems, but shit.) and they were whisked away. They had on a pair of slink black things, Keenya’s looking slightly less slinky than the last time she had it on, and made there way to what they thought would be an intimate dinner with one of South Africa’s top designers at his home. When they got there, they learned that Craig invited a few friends over, and it was suddenly a fairly big industry shindig, the perfect place to be if you wanted to get some attention from designers.
Both girls wanted to get some attention, but when you are trying to compete with Brittany for attention, you aren’t really going to win that often. Brittany is made for these types of situations, and when you saw that it became informal and everybody was boozing it up, she was determined to be the center of it all. Keenya and Brittany have been the best of friends, but Keenya was extremely jealous as the night wore on. She felt that she won the competition, so she should be getting the attention. I say that winning the challenge gets you in the door only, you have to do the rest yourself . On the way home, Brittany and Keenya were going over how much fun they had, when Keenya made her feelings known, in a passive-agressive way, and Brittany asked if Keenya wished she had picked somebody else. It could have been the editing, but Keenya said nothing. Is it the first sign that these two are in store for a breakup? Even Pink Positive couldn’t hold it together for the whole time last season.
When the girls arrived at their shoot the next day, they were in for a little bit of a surprise. They were already out in the bush, but to get to the location of their shoot, they would have to goo kloofing. What is kloofing you say? It’s a type of outdoor activity where you follow the path of a body of water wherever it may take you, including whatever may be in the way. The models didn’t have to do anything so crazy as jump off of a waterfall, but it was humorous to watch them wade through the water. Most people didn’t complain, and let’s admit it now, it was good to see them in wetsuits.
Finally reaching the location for the shoot, the girls learned that their little trek wasn’t even the biggest surprise of the day. Jay Manuel, who is always able to find some sort of couture piece of clothing, including a wetsuit, told them that they were going to do their own makeup, hair and wardrobe. Not particularly difficult right? You would think that these girls learned something about hair, makeup, and style during their time on the show. Well, the thing was that their wardrobe had to be made from the environment, and that made for some interesting choices. As you could imagine, Naima took it very seriously and she chose some brush and some earth (yes, she dug up some dirt and used it). Kahlen sort of went with it. She didn’t really have an idea of how it would all tie together. Keenya was looking for stuff that would hide her stomach. If it makes sense, Christina sort of looked like a Slutty Pocohantas Salad. I had no clue what was happening. Brittany, she just rolled around in the mud.
With the so few girls left, you start hearing some new criticisms with some people, and the old criticisms for others start to spring up. For Naima, Jay noticed that she didn’t look so good full frontal, so to speak. I guess most of her shots have been in profile, and he said something was missing when she was posing full on. For Kahlen and Keenya, the trouble was with their posing, and Keenya had the added problem of having to work around the little belly she has been packing on. At least she is still fitting into the clothes at the go-sees, unlike Cassie from last season. For Brittany, and at times Keenya, she seems like she isn’t taking things seriously. She has been getting some awesome shots lately, but when she doesn’t work, she reverts back to slutty instead of just sensual.
I would like to say more about Christina, but what is there? We know she is very caring. When Naima, Kahlen, and Christina were home while Keenya and Brittany were partying, they all had a nice meal and Kahlen called her the most caring person in the house. You can see it, when the cameras weren’t around, and the judging didn’t matter, she helped Kahlen when her friend died. When the camera is around, she becomes clinical, or as jay described her, mechanical, in just about everything she does, whether it be posing or in her interviews in front of the judges.
Anyway, here are the pictures from this week:
At the judging, the the remaining contestants learned of a little twist. They have been learning about how to be a model throughout their time on the show, but they were also learning about the industry, and the panel gave each girl a chance to critique the pictures of the other girls. Overall, I was quite surprised at how much knowledge the girls brought about each other’s photos, especially Kahlen. She plays the one that is always lost and naive, but she, along with Naima, were the most insightful about giving comments. Christina also had some good comments and looked like she was thinking before she spoke. Keenya, well, when I think she took the advice she got from Jann Carl a couple of weeks ago a little too seriously. When pressed for something to say, she just rambles, not making much sense, and it sounded like she was really just trying to make the other girls look bad. When she came to describe Naima she said she didn’t like the picture because it made her look dirty in her underpants. Wha? Are you saying she is a slut? She’s on the rag? It made absolutely no sense, until you heard from Brittany who simply said “Yeah, that’s nice” or “It looks good”.
The girls then got to choose who was the most model like and who was the least. Everybody picked either Keenya or Kahlen as the top, while three people picked Christina as least likely, including Christina’s close friend Kahlen and Naima. Keenya said Naima was the least likely, and Christina said Brittany was the least likely.
When it came down to judging, we once again heard a lot of old criticisms about the same people. Keenya was gorgeous, but hadn’t been working that hard, but may not be made for modeling. Naima was praised for her critiques, but again they said she loses a little from the front and that they want to see a little bit more of her emotion come out. Kahlen had the most praise, largely because I think she was working with low expectations. Everybody expected her to be stupid during the critiques, but she surprised. Her pictures have been great as of late, and I think the judges are proud she bounced back from her little personal tragedy.
The last two girls were Christina and Brittany. For Christina, it once again was the same critique as always. She’s the ice queen, everything she does is like surgery, so very professional and unremarkable whenever you think about her. Brittany was the other extreme. She has been taking great pictures, and is a great personality, but the judges were very upset how little she learned about the industry and appeared uninterested in the evaluations of the other girls. It’s OK to party hard, but you have to work hard as well. (I’m also wondering when people will start noticing the huge divot in her chin. It’s bigger hole than the one i leave hitting from the rough with a 9 iron) It’s not at all a surprise that Christina was chosen to go. Her upper lip was really bothering the judges more and more each week. It was a wakeup call for Brittany, and Keenya still has a lot of work to do. Naima and Kahlen are the girls to beat.