Last time on Top Model, Angelea went a little cray-cray when Dominique pointed out her lack of confidence and the other girls agreed. After an Olympic-inspired photo shoot, Angelea and Dominique were in the bottom two with Angelea pulling it out for being more memorable.
The girls must write a blog post about being in Crete and include pictures. Automatically I see Allison as the shoe-in to win this challenge. She’s artsy and talented and a good writer (as seen in the music video challenge). However, her fatal flaw may be straying too far from the mainstream on this challenge. I am worried for Laura with her dyslexia and her down-home country talk. But she pulls out a very nice pic of herself, so maybe she has a shot. Lisa knows business. She has a plan; she goes out and executes it to a tee. I have to give her credit; she has kind of blown my mind this season. Her original cycle she was crazy and wild, but since then she has really learned the industry and become a very business-savvy woman. Angelea relates her experiences in “the hood” with parts of the city. I must say, she gets pretty deep with her blog. Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani chooses Angelea as the winner of the challenge.
Tyra surprises the girls this week as the director of their shoot, which isn’t actually photos but a video editorial of her new book, Modelland. Yes, that is actually the name. And yes, it is already published and in stores. And apparently it’s a New York Times bestseller. Anyway, it’s about an awkward girl named Tookie who is invited to the exclusive Modelland atop a mountain where she must compete to become an Intoxibella (aka Top Model).
Tyson Beckford shows up to help in the shoot. Of course he has no shirt on. Of course. The girls must portray Tookie from various chapters in the book. It’s an extensive photo shoot and the final product will be unveiled in two parts, on this episode and the next. Allison is good at the awkward, but her sensitive eyes pose a problem for the bright sunny day. Angelea has an awkward run, and not a good awkward but a laugh-out-loud, that’s ridiculous awkward. But she uses her experiences and let’s her emotion consume her during the shoot, and Tyra is very impressed. Laura must spray whip cream in her mouth. They’ve said in the past to be less sexy because she takes it too far. But you’re giving the girl whip cream, what do you expect? Lisa is very good. She gives some awesome facial expressions and seems to get the big picture for the final product.
The video is pretty cool. I’m still not sold on the whole concept of Modelland, but I’m also sure I’m not the targeted demo for the book either. So, I like video shoot for it’s quirky, artsy point of view.
The judges like Angelea for her connection with the subject matter. Some judges are still worried about her “ticking time bomb,” but Tyson thought she was fantastic onset. (As pointed out by Tyra, of course she was because she was in love!) The judges recognize Lisa as a performer, one that knows her skills and knows how to put them to work. The judges again talk about Laura’s in-person sweetness and on-camera sexiness. Tyra loves her eagerness to do anything and Tyson loves working with her because of her friendliness and extroversion. The judges like Allison’s eccentricity in the shoot, with Nigel saying it was visually stunning. Tyson didn’t really care for her because she’s quiet and odd. I think they should quit listening to Tyson; he hasn’t been there enough. Just sayin’.
I honestly had no clue who the judges would send home, and apparently they couldn’t make up their minds either with judging taking more than an hour and a half. Lisa ends up with top performance, followed by Angelea, leaving Laura and Allison in the bottom two. At this point, I’m thinking it was too difficult for the judges to decide, so everyone will be a finalist. Also, I’m hoping so because these are my two faves! In the end, Tyra contrasts the two, Allison with her shy quirkiness and Laura with her bubbly openness, and Laura is sent home.
Yes, I’m bummed. I thought Laura was phenomenal and she really surprised me every time she was behind the camera. Something that bothered me was Tyra telling her that “something got a little lost this time.” I mean, really? She won two shoots this season. I think she was just as good, if not better, this time around. You go Laura, keep chasing your dreams!
Your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with the judges’ decision? And with the season winding down, who do you think will claim the title? (My vote is for Allison!) Let’s hear what you have to say!