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Regardless of the theme Tyra was going for, I found that the theme of this episode was contestants who have never watched America’s Next Top Model before. From coming up with excuses and not knowing about “ugly-pretty” to not making a single friend and forgetting to smize, this latest round of prospective models made mistakes that are advised against every single cycle.
Last week, when Victoria won best photo, I anxiously waited to find out how she’d find a roommate to share the Tyra Suite for the week. Since she was homeschooled, goes to an online college, and seems to cling to her mother, it’s not that surprising that she stayed in the suite alone. Doesn’t she know it’s good to have at least one friend in case that friend wins a really cool prize to share?
Kristin, who admitted to being violent in the past, has become a jerk. She took a lighter from Destiny’s purse without permission, which started an argument and ended with Kristin asking Destiny to slap her. Basically, she wants to provoke the other girls to hitting her so that they’ll be sent home. That’s it, don’t practice posing so that you can earn your win; win by default because everyone else punched you. Keep it classy, Kristin.
(Spoiler alert: since no one but Maria is missing from the online photos, we know that no one gets thrown out. All of the girls want Kristin to go home because she’s a real bee sting, but realize that she has had such high social media scores that she would likely be the girl who gets to come back.)
This week’s challenge was about acting. Tyler Perry and Tyra led the challenge where each girl had to select a character out of tourist, delusional diva, rapper, or street performer, and act it out on the street with average passersby. Oh, but Tyra and Tyler (whom I shall call the Tyes) sat watching live footage of the girls’ acting and gave instructions through an earpiece on what they girls should say and do, so all the models had to do was commit and follow the directions. Though I liked Victoria’s delusional diva best (she had chicken thrown at her and rolled on the street – that’s commitment), Kiara won the challenge, a walk-on role on a Tyler Perry production, and $10,000 for her scholarship bank (that only the winner can collect on).
The photo shoot took place on the set of War of the Worlds, which made me wonder why the set is still set up. That movie was released seven years ago; they really haven’t cleaned up yet? The models were styled as fashionable zombies for the shoot with Ricky Middlesworth, a photographer known for his dark, gloomy photos. Destiny bombs again, it looks like she just fell backward onto some staged wreckage. Kristin starts off with an excuse about not being able to move half of her face due to the zombie makeup, then delivers a lackluster photo. During judging, Kristin asks how she is supposed to look ugly and pretty at the same time – has she never seen the show before? Tyra goes on to explain “ugly-pretty,” one of her terms that may be older than “smize.”
Laura got best photos and had the highest social media scores yet (even more than Kristin got in past weeks) for her shot with intense eye contact and a pose that held her dress flowing to the side. Leila and Brittany rounded out the top three. Yvonne made it to the bottom two again, this time joined by Destiny. Destiny’s dead eyes and low social media scores found her sent home from the competition, leaving Yvonne another week to learn to work her curves.