The remaining eight contestants on this cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” could just as easily have participated in the “Ultimate Fighting Championships” what with all the ridiculous rivalries and temper tantrums.
So I’ve decided to switch allegiances from the girls who take the prettiest pictures to the ones who rise above the fray and don’t stoop to fighting about alarm clocks, phones and cereal. Katarzyna and Stacy-Ann, you’ve just moved to the top of my favorites list. Anya gets an honorable mention.
We open the episode with another Dominique “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” speech where she continues to spout off about how nobody likes her because she is so intimidating and powerful and they know they can’t measure up. News flash, darling, they hate you because you’re a bitch. At least that’s what the editing implies.
Catfight of the week: Lauren and Fatima get into it over a cup of coffee. Really girls? Lauren goes slightly psychotic in her rage fest but Fatima is just as scary with her manipulative, evil ways. It’s really growing tiresome.
Can we get to some form of competition? Please?
Reward challenge: The girls are sent, in groups of four, to go-sees. It’s early for that. Usually we don’t get to the go-sees until the top 6 go to their designated final country. Also, it’s much harder for them to get lost as a group so that did away with the entertaining part of it, where some poor girl wanders the streets of a foreign land hopelessly lost.
What we get instead is Whitney & Dominique and Lauren & Fatima playing one-upmanship throughout the whole challenge. Fun!
Also, Whitney needs to decide whether she wants to embrace her full figure or use it as a crutch because she doesn’t get to do both. She gets all bent when Pamella deVos tells her she’s lovely but they only want size 2s. Well, guess what, Fatima also got nixed by the same designer for being too small (for a size 2!). That’s life. Get over it and stop whining already.
And swimsuit/lingerie designer Shoshanna (who, by the by, used to date Jerry Seinfeld), likes models of all sizes. So, see Whitney, it all balances out in the end.
Ultimately the team of Claire, Stacy-Ann, Dominique and Whitney win with Stacy-Ann booking the most jobs. Looks like my new favorite may do all right by me. The team gets to do a photo spread for Seventeen magazine.
Photo Shoot: Off to a theater where the Off Broadway performance show “Fuerza Bruta” takes place. The girls have to writhe around on a giant water-filled mylar platform not dissimilar to a Slip-n-Slide. They get no hair product or makeup and the photog shoots them from underneath through the plastic.
This contraption might make for a fun evening at the theater but the resulting photos are not attractive and I think most of the girls lucked into good shots. Those hitting the most lucky shots were Whitney, Fatima and Anya.
Also Claire can’t follow directions and practically breaks her neck, much to the delight of Dom. SHUT UP DOMINIQUE.
Judges panel: Tyra does bad British and Eastern European accents, Nigel makes it pretty clear he’s not a Fatima fan and Dominique gets dinged for her obscene tights and “Something About Mary” hairdo. Hee.
Tyra’s most over-the-top moment: See above
First called: Fatima (damn)
And it’s bye-bye Claire, who rides off into the sunset still making excuses and feeling guilty for leaving her infant child at home. Claire, I thought you had potential. You disappointed me.
New favorites: Stacy-Ann and Katarzyna
Can’t wait to see her go: Dominque
— Kathy Lyford