America's Next Top Model: Walk like a man, just don't model like one
Now that Kacey’s been given the boot on America's Next Top Model, things seem to be much more calm around the house -- which is exactly what we don’t like to see. Sure, a little serenity in the living quarters may be nice for the contestants, but when everyone gets along it’s a bit of a yawner for us, the viewing public. We look to these contestants to get our blood pumping. Frankly, we like the drama...so we’ll try to create some of our own with the remaining eight gals.
Read on for the challenges and some less-than-dramatic drama after the jump!
House highlights…or lack thereof
The girls all realize that Ann is competition to a point—she may be striking in photos but she has the personality of a wax houseplant (albeit a very tall wax houseplant). We also learn that being kosher isn't, well, kosher with some of the girls. Esther, a modern orthodox Jew, tells them she can’t cook meat and cheese together, for example, which doesn't seem like a big deal to us but which Chris says would lead to starvation.
That’s it—that’s all we managed to come up with in the drama department in the house this week. Man, we really need someone who’s missing their moral compass to come for a sleepover.
And the Grammy Girl goes to…
When Tyra told us she was stepping it up this Cycle, she wasn’t kidding. The girls arrive at the Grammy Museum where they are met by Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of The Recording Academy. One of the lucky girls will be selected to be a Grammy Girl for a star-studded evening!
The models are told to partner up. They each must select the outfit for their partner. Each model tells her partner what she is hoping to wear, but very few delivered. They are judged by Jay Manuel and Neil Portnow and at this point we’ve got to point out a serious lack of Miss J this Cycle. What gives? Open letter to Tyra—bring Miss J back!
A Grammy Girl has to look good, but not too good, because you don’t want to take away from the real “talent” on stage. Liz and Kayla win the team prize but ultimately they think that Liz would be too star struck so Kayla wins. We’re pretty sure that somewhere a lesbian just earned her wings. Liz was so disappointed that she went home and got drunk. You'd think would involve some kind of drama, but it didn't.
Manning up for the photo shoot
This week’s photo shoot involves the models portraying an iconic fashion designer and posing with a professional model who will be wearing that designer's fashions. Francesco Carrozzini, who is a gorgeous little man, is the photographer and the guest judge this week. Liz was to play John Galliano and since there wasn’t anything uncomfortable or strange in the shoot, she stepped it up and became the designer—Jay was impressed. Kendal was Vera Wang who may be a famous designer but isn’t exactly famous for her outgoing personality. The judges thought she was flat. Esther was Christophe Decarnin and she couldn’t get the guy thing down—probably because of her well-endowedness. Jane was Marc Jacobs, and what girl really looks good with fake five o’clock shadow?
We experienced the biggest hypocritical moment of the Cycle when Tyra was so pleased with Liz for portraying John Galliano well (even though she’d never heard of him) and then turned around and told Jane that there’s a good chance that the girl who goes home this week may be sent packing because she didn’t do her homework and didn’t study the designers, photographers, makeup artists, etc. Wait, what?
We weren’t surprised when the best photo went to Liz. Ann’s five-week streak may be over, but she shouldn’t take that target off her back just yet—she was called third. The judges still fall all over the girl. The bottom two end up being Esther and Kendal, and Esther is saved. In a very surprising grammatical analogy, Ms. Banks fears that Kendal is the noun and not the verb. She looks like a model but can she model? Tyra sent her home and told her to get some experience.
This week Ms. Banks went on and on about how important it is to do your “homework” before coming to ANTM. It’s not just about playing dress up and having fun, it’s about learning your craft. Is it really essential to learn photographers, designers and the entire model business in order to be a good model? Tell us here in the comments.