Seals have terrible aim
Time for one of my favorite challenges!!! REAL FATTIES OF THE RUNWAY! Apparently people like Andy Warhol enough that Heidi found 10 women who were willing to have their bodies mocked, as well as take a backhanded compliment from a loved one; all on national TV!
“It puts the lotion on it’s skin, or it gets the Campbell’s Tomato Soup again”
I don’t know what the selection criteria was but the result was 10 people telling designers why their good-hearted, dowdy friend/family members need a new look. Most of these muses were taking care of 16 starving orphans and dying parents and had full-time jobs at the local soup kitchen, but also desperately needed some image shaming and mascara. And, of course, they presented a challenge in both their proportions and their attitudes, being ripped from their feral existences where they had never seen dresses or hairbrushes or effete contemptuous designers. You know, real women!
Jesus, ever heard of concealer?
By and large, the designers were really sweet and embraced the challenge with a lot of good intentions if not always a great output. A lot of you have commented that the challenge times should be a little longer and this was one that would have really benefited from that, even just for kindness sake.
There was one notable exception who sucked the joy and kindness out of this challenge with the same vicious effectiveness that he sucks the jelly out of donuts.
“Ich bin ein Berliner”
A highlight was a workroom moment when the designers revealed some of their family stories which ranged from heartwarming to bittersweet. I think the friends/family involvement and backstories brought out a softer vibe in most of the group. Even our little rabid wolf cub Elena was on her best behavior. However, the real surprise in this episode was that one of the designers I had formerly disliked acted in the exact opposite manner and really was an endearing class act.
“How do you like me now?”
I always cringe when the designs fail on the real women much more than the models. Still, the runway was great overall with before and after pictures and some hilarious amateur runway walks. Either the studio had a unique gravitational field or several of the women had been so stressed they suffered strokes immediately before walking.
The judges were also kind, soft and complimentary, which was nice to see. Oh human heart! You beat within even the evil and the famous! Heidi especially got her real woman sass on to praise the ladies and chastise the more stubborn designers.
“I am a real woman too!… 9 months at a time”