When Gladiators and Models Collide

The models get to business after short spurt of cattiness. The models train as gladiators for a shoot in ancient Roman ruins. The whole time Fatima looked confused and Anya looked like a mannequin. The girls change into their fighting garb only to be facing Ms. J and Jay. Time for a photo challenge that includes battle photos with huge manly gladiators. Whitney and Anya do a great job, Fatima seems scared of the gladiator, Dominique managed to do odd yoga poses, and Katarzyna was just boring. The winner of 1000 Euro and the challenge is Whitney.

The girls ready themselves for their Renaissance inspired photo shoot with photographer… Tyra. Oh goodness, more Tyra talking about Tyra. The girls are super nervous about posing for her. First up is Katarzyna and it turns into Tyra posing, of course, to show her how to do it. Dominique took some good pictures but looked like Cruella Devil. Fatima was graceful and fluid and she really impressed both Tyra and Jay. Whitney was ok but had to play down her curves. Anya shoot was sort of brushed over but she seemed to do a good job.

At panel the judges has nothing bad to say to Anya or Fatima. Dominique’s out fit got destroyed at panel but her shot was praised. Katarzyna was given the same critique as in past weeks; she needs to push and give personality. Whitney was told that she was too posey and gets stuck in the same few poses. After much deliberation the judges bring back the models and the first picture goes to Fatima (Dominique looked furious), second is Dominique, third is Anya. The final two girls standing are Katarzyna who is told that she is coasting and doesn’t stick out and Whitney who is told that she is stunning in person but it doesn’t show in her photos. In the end it is Whitney who surprisingly stays and Katarzyna is sent home.


April 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , . America's Next Top Model, Model, reality tv. Leave a comment.

Stacy Ann Gets No Ticket to Rome



There was no new Top Model episode last week during Idol Gives Back. Instead the network aired a highlight show that was way too full of Dominique, she talks about herself more than anyone that I have ever met, seen, or heard of.  Today’s new episode begins with a bang when huge issues arise after Fatima realizes that she lost her travel documentation.  She is not a US citizen and with only a green card she can not leave without those papers.  If she doesn’t get new documentation when the contestants have to leave the country, then she is out of the competition by default… uh oh. The models spend a day with Paulina learning to about small talk and social graces; you couldn’t pay me enough to take on that job. Lauren manages to slice her finger up while cutting an onion and has to be rushed to the hospital.  The girls are invited to a party given by 7Up and Jay Godfrey who provides dresses and stylists for them.  The girls work the red carpet and attempt to answer interview questions.  Wow how the heck did Dominique forgot the designers name on the carpet and Lauren managed to not only show up with a finger cast but also swore in her interview.  At the party the girls and rub elbows with the rich and famous, some of them did well others crashed and burned.  The winner of the night was Anya, she was sweet and nice but never over thinks things… I’m not sure that she can but she’s very likable. Her prize was a 7up add shoot and $10,000.


Tyra mail arrives and its time to leave the country, or is it.  The models must feel kinda dumb (well more dumb than usual) because they aren’t going anywhere.  They stayed up all night packing and they are posing with a plane and their luggage.  Ha ha.  The girls are all posing together with the plane in a composite shot.  Fatima consulate meeting was at the same time as the shoot and she didn’t get her picture taken.  As the girls leave the runway and go into the hanger they realize that they are walking right into panel. 


Time for an elimination and Fatima isn’t even there yet.  She arrives and is sdfsdf by Tyra.  The six remaining girls will take their luggage and take off to the remote location.  The good shots were Anya, Lauren, Dominique the bad photos belonged to Stacy Ann, and Fatima… sort of, she had nothing to judge. 

The first girl called was Anya followed by Lauren.  The last two standing are Stacy Ann and Fatima.  When all is said and done Fatima still gets to move on because her body of work is stronger than Stacy Ann who hasn’t mastered her angles and is stiff and pose-y.  So Stacy Ann is on her way home to Miami.

April 16, 2008. Tags: , , , , . America's Next Top Model, Model, reality tv. Leave a comment.

Claire Goes Home to Baby

Courtesy of CW network

An Elite exec describes the process of “go-sees” and sends the girls on their way; walking in two groups with gps phones guiding the way.  Whitney is made to feel a bit discriminated against because the designer that they modeled for at the go-see did not show plus size (which, sadly in the modeling world, means a size 10) and told her that they would not show her size in a runway show. The second designer was a lot more excepting of Whitney and does use different body types so the tension in her group was lifted a bit.  Both groups went to a total of three go-sees.  Stacy Ann and seemed to stand out to all three designers and booked the most jobs for her team.  The team one a dream shoot for seventeen magazine’s June issue.  

The day’s photo shoot started with an over dramatic “performance” by Mr. Jay to show the girls what type of art performance/posing that was going to take place during the day.  The girls would make-up and hair product free. They would lie in water on a sheet of clear Mylar and the cameras would be shooting their movement from underneath. Claire hurts herself jumping onto the Mylar, she takes some time to recover and then gives a very stiff performance.  Lauren looks very awkward throughout the shoot, Katarzyna had her long hair shopped off before posing, Whitney did well and was fluid, Fatima posed well, and Stacy Ann was stiff.   

Time for pictures and eliminations.  The best pics of the day were Katarzyna’s, Whitney’s & Fatima.  The worst pics were Lauren’s and Stacy Ann’s.  The first models given safety by the judges were Fatima and Anya.  The Last two standing were Claire and Lauren.  Lauren was told that she is always awkward and “Frankenstein like”.  Claire was told that she has one note; everything looks the same.  The last picture of the day belongs to Lauren.  Claire is no more… this was a bit unexpected; Claire was liked by the judges in the past.  At least she can go home to her baby.


April 3, 2008. Tags: , , . America's Next Top Model, Model, reality tv. Leave a comment.

Top Model: So Long Aimee…

Courtesy of CW Network

Dominique has once again caused an all out screaming match.  She is so obnoxious but thinks that people are teaming up on her because she’s so strong and they need to tear her down. I have no idea where she’s gotten such a huge ego but she does need to be taken down a notch (or three).  Everyone was yelling at her because she starts drama, then she yells nonsensical sentences over other people’s talking until people are too frustrated with her to talk rationally.  It’s a good thing I’m not in that house, or she would be missing a couple of teeth right now. Why do all the girls still scream every time Tyra walks into a room? It’s getting pretty old and it’s always been kinda lame.  Tyra takes all the girls to work on their walks.  She shows them her best (and best I mean bad and borderline drag queen) runway walk only to fake fall in pain.  Lesson number one: posing in pain.  Tyra says pretend your shoulder blades hurt, you have wind burn on your lips, your fingers were slammed in a door, you’ve been playing patty cake all day and your palms hurt … what?  I was so not sure of the point of the exercise, but it was a secret challenge and Anya won a one on one photo shoot; a nude shoot with Nigel Barker.  The main photo shoot of this episode was based on music genres.  The girls each took on one genre; metal, hip hop, grunge, punk, etc.  The shoot was kinda boring but the standouts were Whitney and Katarzyna who portrayed grunge and emo. They were also the first two called for pictures and safety.  The final two standing, shockingly, were Aimee and Claire who previously were always in the top few.  They were both critiqued as being flat.  Claire was given a picture and is still in the running.  Aimee, sadly, was sent packing.

March 27, 2008. Tags: , , , . America's Next Top Model, Model, reality tv. Leave a comment.