And now it’s Laura’s turn. She’s pretty wrecked about not being a princess Barbie creature. But she seems to start out well enough. But then it, of course, devolves into sexy posing. Jay stops her to let her know where she’s going. Annaliese comments on the constant sex appeal situation–that Top Model appeals to a young audience, so the sex thing might be too much ALL THE TIME. Laura keeps posing, trying to look happy and light and young, but she’s mostly doing that shuddering posing thing.
That’s a wrap!
Coffee and Mean Tyra Mail! Elimination is coming, and I don’t mean poops!
Tyra greets the girls with some sniffy, weird allusion to the fragrance. Very dramatic. Giggles all around. Laura’s wearing a US flag headband and looks crazy. Judges this week are Kelly, Nigel, and Jez Smith, the photographer for the fragrance shoot.
Critique time! Laura? Booked two out of four go-sees. That’s fine. And then her perfume shot actually wasn’t bad at all! The photographer was very complimentary about it, called her a goddess. But he noted that the client wasn’t so sure about her, which is important. But he should know by now that what we see during the shoots isn’t anywhere near what the final shots end up looking like! I’m the worst at seeing these shoots and thinking, “THIS IS HORRIBLE!” Kelly’s hard on Laura for this one, saying she looks like a plastic surgeon office ad. That she looks like what 50 year old women who want to look young aspire to look like. Ouch. Her cheeks are a little hollowed out in an aging sort of way.
Annaliese? She got three out of four go-sees. Kelly’s impressed, which is WHOA. Her photo is pretty nice, actually, but Nigel’s right when he says it’s not a fashion or model-y photo. It’s more like a tennis star who got a fragrance. Aww. The photographer credits her tenacity, though, for not giving up even when her chips were down. That’s sweet. I hope that’s to her credit at judging. That, and the fact that she charmed the pants off of three designers during go-sees.
Sophie. She booked four go-sees, and her photo is nice. It’s not that special, really, to me. They don’t think she looks so youthful, really. And then there’s not much more to say. That must mean she’s safe.
So who’s going home?
When the judges deliberate, Tyra argues that young girls actually want to look OLDER, so maybe Laura’s look ain’t so bad. Nigel thinks Annaliese’s is best for the challenge–her smile saves it. Sophie’s is fine. It’s pretty. Whatever.
Finally, let’s hand out photos! (The two finalists will walk in a fashion show for Forever 21. Fun! Cheap clothes! And I think questionable business practices!) Winning photo? Sophie. Of course. And who’s going home? Annaliese. BUMMER. I knew they wouldn’t have two Brits in the finale.
But she’s such a good loser, that Annaliese–she smiles wide for Laura, who looks very sad. They hug, and Laura heads up to accept her photo and some dramatic advice from Tyra. Basically, the judges are worried about Laura’s walk and the fact that she may be a one-trick pony. She’s gotta work on that walk.
Tyra tells Annaliese to go after her dreams, because she’s got that spark. “Go after it like crazy!” Annaliese heads over to hug Kelly Cutrone, of all people, her very short dress riding way up in the back. Ha! And Annaliese struts on out, huge smile on her face. She’s gonna go places, that girl. I’m sad to see her go.
So next week isn’t the finale, kids. It’s the penultimate episode, and it looks to be all about that Forever 21 show. It all comes down to the walk, and we know Sophie rules with that. Then there’s some medical drama with Laura having a panic attack or something. The finale is on the 30th, though, so we still have some time together, friends! Come back! (After I went to the CW site to look at things and get pictures, I saw that you guys were right, there IS some sort of bullshit “extra scenes” show next week, THEN all the finale fashion show shit. Ugh, why can’t they wrap it up BEFORE Memorial Day??)
Read on if you want vacation shots and/or kitty shots. (I got them souvenirs from AZ.)
My first photo of the Grand Canyon…there are two people in there, very tiny people, for scale.
No one I know, but this woman wasn’t dressed correctly for standing on the very edge of a staggering precipice. Ballet flats, a long skirt, pearls…we were seriously waiting for her to be blown off.
Meteor Crater, AZ. Pretty cool.
A mountain-top wildfire as seen from the plane.