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America’s Next Top Model, C14E11 Recap: “America’s Next Top Model Is…”

Part II of the season finale!

So who will win? Krista with the fierce walk and dynamic poses or Raina with the fabulous features and piercing stare?

Raina is proud of herself, and she is not ashamed to proclaim it.

Krista is feeling focused — it’s not over yet. She hasn’t forgotten how much she struggled in the beginning.

Raina’s excited about doing the Cover Girl shoot. We see a scary picture of Raina screaming. For some reason, her tongue is purple. She played volleyball in college for three years, but put it aside because her “real passion” is modeling.

Krista has tried out for ANTM five times. We see ossomly ghetto pictures of Krista and her sisters, and an adorable one of the three ofthem when they were little. And then we get an inexplicable picture of Krista with a red bowl on her head.

Tyra Mail! “One of you will rise above the other to claim the title of America’s Next Top Model. But for now you’re flying on the same level, so pack an overnight bag. Love, Tyra.” Ooh, they get to go somewhere! Exciting!

Krista is annoyed by Raina’s over-the-top enthusiasm. “Do you think we could be parachuting? Or, like, in a hot air balloon?” Honey, photoshoots are done. It’s just Cover Girl, and then runway.

Raina says that Krista doesn’t like her. Hmm, Krista must not like “happy” people who “turn a positive into a negative.” Yeah, that’s not annoying at all.

The girls get to take a helicopter to their destination. “I’m so excited; my heart is about to come out of me!” gushes Raina. I half hope it does. Man, if I were Krista, I would totally mute that headset and revel in the deafening sound of the helicopter blades.

New Zealand is freakin’ gorgeous, y’all.

The girls land at a place called Hurakia Lodge. Krista sees a man waiting for them inside with two glasses of champagne. He welcomes them to the lodge and informs them that they’ll be spending the night there.

Hurakia Lodge

I want to go to there.

Raina feels like a VIP. The girls toast, and Jay Alexander shows up. Krista’s a little disappointed because she just wants a second to enjoy her victory.

Jay tells them that they need to sleep early and get up early and be young, fresh, and exciting because they’ll be shooting their Cover Girl commercials right there in the morning. They are given scripts and instructed to study up.

The girls will be shilling the entire “Blast” collection. Krista’s afraid of them pulling out cue cards on her because she just can’t get it together.

Raina smugly informs us that she’s already got the first line memorized, but Krista’s nervous. Raina thinks she’s more fun and flirty than Krista, who’s more “focused and fierce.” Ooookay.

Morning comes, and the girls are digging into breakfast when Jay Manuel arrives screaming, “Tyra! Fifty percent!!” which is what Krista screamed when she got into the Top Two.

Jay explains that they’ll be shooting the commercial and the print ad, which will be used in a national ad. But to help them get into the “Cover Girl Spirit,” they bring in Nicole, the winner of Cycle 13. We already saw her at the Cover Girl subway shoot. She’s just as wooden today as she was then. Her hair is no longer red; it’s now straight-up orange. She sounds like she’s reading from a card. This girl reads from a card!

Nicole Fox: now with 50% more ginger!

The concept for the commercial is that they’re getting ready for a night on the town. One girl will shoot her commercial while the other one does her photoshoot, and then they’ll switch.

Krista thinks Raina will come off as fake, and that she’ll come off as more relatable.

Raina gets photographed first. The photographer loved her eyes.

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Easy, breezy, beautiful!

Nicole gives Krista a pep talk before her commercial. Krista feels ready. Nicole encourages her not to put too much pressure on herself. Nicole is worthless.

Krista is simply determined not to take the cue cards. She’s got her lines memorized and she wants the commercial to be a breeze. That’s easy, breezy, sweetie.

She gets through her first line, but flubs her second. Before we know it, we’re all the way to Take Seven, and she’s completely blanking. Jay suggests the cue cards, but Krista balks. She’s freaking out because she’s come too far to blank out now, and yet, that’s exactly what’s happening.

She just can’t do it, and finally asks for the cue cards. Now, she can’t just read them. She’ll have to look at them and then look back to camera and repeat the line.

She does one take where she looks up and to the left as she tries to recall the line. She laughs at herself, and Jay compliments her for laughing and staying positive. She’s making do with what she’s got.

Jay thinks she’s lovely. Krista was able to hold it together. Jay was impressed that she didn’t break down and cry. “If you break down and cry, then you look like you’re crying, and then I don’t have anything.”

The girls switch, and Krista gets photographed. She admits that Raina’s face is “undeniable,” but she is determined to come off strong and show that she’s versatile. She says that Raina can only do that “cortisone” look. I think she means “courtesan.” The photographer loves her smile. It certainly does change her face.

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Destined to be a Cover Girl.

It’s Raina’s turn for the commercial. She thinks she’ll do really well because her personality is very Cover Girl.

She gets through her first three lines and then flubs. Jay could even pinpoint the moment at which she realized that she couldn’t remember her next line.

She’s squinting at the camera. She flubs again, but keeps trying.

“This isn’t terrible,” starts Jay, “but I’m not 100% convinced.”

The director tells her that she’s got the line delivery down, but she’s also gotta model at the same time.

Raina gets a good take. Jay says that she knew all of her lines, but she could not model and deliver lines at the same time. In a beauty commercial, it’s really important to model throughh as you deliver your lines.

Tyra Mail! “Today, you did your Cover Girls. Tomorrow, you’re doing your covers. Love, Tyra.” They’ll be shooting their Seventeen covers on the morrow.

Krista needs to stand out in her cover shoot because her commercial wasn’t great.

Raina thinks she has a better look for a magazine like Seventeen.

Nigel is waiting for them when they get to the studio. He’ll be shooting their covers.

Nigel shoots Raina and encourages her to think about the young, fresh faces that are usually featured on the cover of Seventeen. Raina comments that, if she were on the cover of the magazine, young girls everywhere would be looking up to her. I weep for America’s future.

Nigel shoots Krista. She wants to change the fashion industry because you never see a “chocolate black girl” on anything. Uh, Krista, ever heard of Alek Wek? And if you think winning ANTM will change the modeling industry, then have you ever heard of Teyona? Exactly.

Chocolate girl? Already been done. And better, too.

Do you know who she is? Most people don't.

Nigel was impressed by both girls. Of course, he can’t express a preference at this point in the show.

When the girls return, their entire apartment has been overrun with camera equipment — and Tyra. She’s there to shoot a Top Model family portrait. But she feels like something’s missing… like the girls’ families.

Krista calls her mom and stepdad her best friends. It’s adorable.

Raina’s dad is her hero. It’s a little sad that she only has her dad.

They get to do a shoot with their families, and it’s actually really sweet. Krista’s mom shares the family motto, which is “Pride, determination, and resilience.” Interesting. My family motto is “Be as crazy as you can without actually getting committed.”

Raina poses with her dad, and Tyra encourages him to loosen up. Raina’s dad requires a lot of direction.

Tyra praises the girls to their parents, and compliments them on raising two fine girls.

(Side note: I looked at the family portraits, and they’re actually quite sweet. You can check them out on Tyra’s website.)

The parents are then given the boot. One of their daughters will be America’s Next Top Model.

The girls gush about loving their parents. There are tears.

Krista says, “I don’t want to eat, sleep, drink. I just want to do this the rest of my life.” That explains why she’s so skinny.

The girls arrive at the runway venue. Anna Sui’s collection was inspired by “rock ‘n’ roll circus.” What the heck?? Is that just clowns wearing, like, more makeup?

Nicole will open the show, and there will be other professional models there as well. But those aren’t the only people competing for the spotlight! The other girls who came to NZ will be walking in the finale show, too.

The other girls don’t look too thrilled to see their former competition reemerge from the depths of obscurity.

caAngelea is on Team Krista. “I hope Krista stomps it out.”

Jessica hopes Raina wins. “She’s hot, she’s sweet, she wants it.” Poor Krista. She clearly doesn’t want it at all, and therefore doesn’t deserve to get it. *removes tongue from cheek*

The judges enter the show to cheers. I cheer, too — because Tyra is not wearing one of those awful jumpsuits.

“This whole show is for Krista and me,” Raina informs us. Oh, and maybe a little person you may have heard of called Anna Sui. Perspective, hon. It doesn’t take much.

Circus performers open the show. There’s a juggler, a guy with a giant exercise ball, a hula hoop girl, a dude with one of those rhythmic gymnastics ribbons — it’s a rock ‘n’ roll circus!

Nicole stomps on out.

Angelea is up next, followed by some real models.

Krista’s next. She strides out, looking happy. She does a great job. She’s totally taking those long strides that ALT told her to. Her legs look miles long and amazing.

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL

So happy to be here.

Jessica goes next and poses at the end of the runway. It is weird. More real models remove the bad taste from my mouth.

The song in the background goes, “So stupid! So stupid!” I laugh at the irony.

Raina the Linebacker is up. She says that she gets up the runway and does “a cute pose.” I can only assume that she is referring to the little kick she did at the end. It was awkward. she’s grinning like an idiot.

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I'm a happy and positive person!

Alasia goes, and she actually looks great.

Alexandra’s up, and she rocks a little air guitar.

The girls go for a wardrobe change, and it’s chaos.

Now, they’ll be walking out with partners.

Nicole goes with some model who puts an arm around her.

Alexandra and Alasia are together, and march out with arms held out, like, “Hey, world, look at me!”

Jessica and Angelea get to the end of the runway and high-five each other.

A bunch of other girls go.

Then Raina and Krista walk out together. Krista definitely has better legs than Raina.

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Who do you want to look at more?

This is actually a great casual collection; lots of fun.

Raina blows a kiss to the audience as they walk off the runway.

Krista feels great, like she’s on “Cloud Twenty-Five.” Hee!

Raina feels like she just has to win now.

Tyra debriefs with the girls. She asks Krista what she thinks makes her extra-special and why she thinks she should win.

Krista replies that she has a great walk and she brought her personality to it and had a lot of fun “just doing me.” She stayed true to herself instead of being fake.

Tyra asks how Krista felt growing up, if she thought she was pretty. I’m thinking, “What the heck kind of question is that?”

Krista says that she never thought she was pretty until she got to high school and found who she was. She gets all verklempt as she talks about girls who grow up and don’t even think they’re pretty. Uh, Krista, I’ve got news for you. Some of us just aren’t. But we learn to feel comfortable in our own skin anyway. She loves herself even though she’s imperfect, and hopes she can help others to love themselves, too.

Tyra calls modeling a “calling” that’s “bigger than you.” For Alexandra, that’s quite a calling.

Krista’s passion is to talk to the dark, skinny girls out there who don’t think they’re pretty. Meanwhile, a group of white, fat girls droop a little further down on their couches and reach for the Doritos.

Tyra talks to Raina next and asks her how she did. Raina thinks she did well because she let loose and had fun and was herself.

Tyra asks how she felt, being “little Raina” and getting so far.

Raina never imagined she’d ever get this far, and feels like she’s transformed into a model.

Tyra asks Raina to take her back to the lowest she ever felt. Tyra is clearly angling for tears.

Raina admits that she was picked on for being tall and gangly, on top of having huge eyebrows and huge lips. Honey, there is no excuse for the eyebrows. It’s called “plucking” and it’s not that hard.

Tyra says that those are the things she finds beautiful about Raina because she likes the odd and different beauty that Raina embodies. She says that it’s the odd things that make us beautiful. Tell that to my small eyes, Tyra. Tell it to my small eyes.

Raina used to be insecure, but she’s become this super-confident model.

Panel! Tyra is wearing a square. I don’t know how else to describe it.

She compliments the girls on how stunning they are. “All the dreck is gone,” she gushes.

Raina has come from Minnetonka, MN, and Raina has come from Pine Bluff, AR, and they are both finalists.

Tyra summarizes the prizes for the last time, and introduces the judges. Jay Alexander, “runway diva coach extraordinaire,” is the guest judge. Jay is wearing this crazy, ginormous feather hat, and I kind of love it.

Both girls step forward. Raina looks awkward and shouldery in her dress, like she’s leaning forward for some reason.

Jay thought that Krista took short, staccato steps. I didn’t see that. I thought her strides were nice and long. ALT agrees with me (suck it, Jay!) and thought Krista was bouncy, smiling, and real.

Tyra was nervous about Krista doing bouncy, when she’s so used to doing high fashion. But she did think it was just a touch cheesy.

Jay thought Raina’s walk improved a lot, but thought it was slightly affected at times. ALT thought she was a Clydesdale. Tyra loves Clydesdales and loved Raina’s walk.

Now, that's a beautiful model.

Now it’s time for the Cover Girl shoot.

Raina’s picture is pretty. Nigel calls it gentle and feminine. ALT thinks it’s fresh and “American girl next door,” but he doesn’t get the excitement. There’s no twinkle, and I agree.

Jay calls Krista’s picture “in-your-face beauty.” There’s a little extra “oomph” from somewhere inside. Tyra thinks her face is beautiful, but she’s not smiling with her eyes.

Commercials! This should be good.

Nigel says Raina has a charming timbre to her voice (he says it all French). But he tells her not to forget her eyes — I told you she was squinting!

ALT loved her smile, but didn’t see her personality come through in a way that said “Cover Girl.” Tyra didn’t say anything new.

Jay tattled to Tyra that Krista blanked out. Nigel says it’s okay because that happens, but it’s important not to lose yourself. Tyra says that if you forget your lines, just stay in the commercial.

Nigel says that, quite frankly, that the light loves her. That is true.

Deliberations! Shots of all the judges looking serious.

Raina is interesting and odd. Krista has beautiful skin and a stunning collarbone.

Both were strong in the cycle and showed versatility. They’re both charming and stunning.

Krista’s a better whole-body model. Raina’s a better beauty model.

Tyra asks for ALT’s opinion on the girls’ international appeal. ALT thinks that Raina would do well in England and Europe. But he thinks Krista would be a better for an international market.

Jay thinks Krista is great for shows, while Raina would be great for pictures.

Nigel thinks Raina would be more successful globally than domestically. He says that Krista has more drama and more heart.

They’re both great, but, like Highlander, “There can only be one!!”

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!

America’s Next Top Model is:

Krista!

She breaks down in tears, and sobs hysterically to Raina, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”

Raina holds it together remarkably well and tells Krista it’s okay and congratulates her and wishes her good luck. She’s determined not to stop. She’s a very gracious loser.

Tyra tells Krista that she’s amazing, and the embodiment of America’s Next Top Model. She learned, listened, and blossomed. She totally deserves to win.

She’s overwhelmed! Nigel actually picks her up and twirls her around. She gets hugs and kisses from Jay and ALT. She just can’t believe it, and no one ever though it would be her.

There are cute pictures of Krista when she was little, and then we flip through her portfolio. She has truly grown. She really is beautiful, and totally deserved to win.

We get to see Krista’s magazine cover and various other shots of Krista working it over the cycle. Then we see her pic with Tyra.

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America's Fourteenth Top Model

Yay, Krista! I’m satisfied that she won. That’s because they edited the show so that I would like her more than I liked Raina.

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America’s Next Top Model, C14E06 Recap: “New York Women”

Last week on ANTM, Tatianna the Teeth got the boot, and I was so, so, so, so happy.

Angelea is frustrated that she’s number two. She wants to be #1.

Alasia is gaining confidence. She won’t even let herself get in her own way.

Krista explains that she, Angelea, Anslee, and Alasia are the realest in the house. She claims that Raina , Brenda, and Jessica are needy. She forgets Alexandra completely, which amuses me to no end.

Jessica is practicing on the runway prancing in a most irritating way, and Angelea is annoyed with Miss Perfect. Jessica is rather smug, I must concur. Back in the bus, Angelea asks Raina and Brenda how it feels to be in the bottom. They ignore her. Later, in their room, Brenda complains about Angelea to Raina, and Angelea overhears them. Angelea, of course, rips into the girls, who try to laugh off Angelea’s insults. She accuses them of having “fake confidence,” and warns them that everyone will see through them in the end.

Later on, Brenda, Raina, and Jessica are complaining about Angelea in the room that they now share with Alasia, and Alasia (proudly flaunting Ugly Headwrap #12!) shouts, “Y’all know I’m right here, right?” I have to agree that if you’re complaining about someone right in front of her friend, then, you’re just asking for a fight.

Tyra Mail! “When you walk in, you might have a fit. Love, Tyra.”

The girls gush with excitement. They postulate that this next part will be “either runway or go-sees!” Or a photoshoot! Or commercial!

Alasia’s late getting up, and ends up making all of the girls late as a result. The other girls complain. They do love to complain.

Jay Alexander and Ann Shoket are waiting for them, and Jay berates them for being late. Alasia steps up and takes responsibility for making everyone late, and Jay stresses the importance of being on time.

They’re going to have a little fashion teach on how to look like a model and dressing for your proportions. They are in the Seventeen fashion closet. Jay is wearing a cardigan and newsboy cap, and he looks great. Ann’s wearing a red dress that she is just working.

Long torsos should wear high-waisted bottoms and belts.

Slender girls should wear colorblocked clothing.

Athletic girls should wear ruching.

Alexandra must be like, “What about us fatties?” And I second that motion. What should I wear?

The girls have five minutes to get dressed. Anslee is amazed because Brenda doesn’t know where her waist is.

Ann looks the girls over and says that, despite Brenda’s confusion over her lack of waist, she camouflaged her confusion perfectly with a wide belt.

Angelea looks “sweet,” but her necklace is crazy ugly. What the heck is that monstrosity even doing in the Seventeen fashion closet?

Alasia doesn’t know her body type. She’s actually an hourglass, not a short torso. But she still looks cute.

The girls get to keep the clothes! Luckyyyy!

Alasia fights with Jessica on the way back from the challenge. The other girls all attempt to laugh away the tension.

Alasia hilariously describes her conflict with Jessica as Malibu Barbie vs. Marietta Barbie.

Brenda then makes some crack about Angelea being uneducated, and Angelea automatically takes exception to that. She boasts that she graduated from some community college in Buffalo, so she is smart. That begs the question: so why are you here?

Angelea later explains that people automatically assume that she’s uneducated because of the way she talks, but that she’s not. I have to admit that it’s true. It came to me as no surprise that Angelea went to a community college and saw that as a crowning achievement. I judge her and it makes me sad that I can’t bring myself to respect her for getting that far, given that she grew up in Buffalo, and probably in the bad parts, too. Great, now I’m judging myself for being an arrogant mollycoddle who looks down on anyone who’s done the best with the hand they were dealt in life. Thanks a lot, Angelea.

Raina predicts that Angelea or Alasia will throw a punch and get kicked out. Angelea invites herself into their room and flings herself down on Raina’s bunk. She explains, “When you living with girls, especially females…” And Raina snorts with laughter, and I must admit that I did, too.

Brenda comes in and tells Angelea to get out of their room, and Angelea says she can do whatever she wants. Angelea says that she knows how to start a catfight when she wants to. But since this didn’t escalate into any real shouting, I think it’s just a lazy catfight, like so:

Suck it, Rowles. I'll have lolcats on my blog if I WANT TO.

Tyra Mail! But there’s a ding! at the elevator instead of a message on the screen. An impeccably dressed and coiffed person delivers them a note from Tinsley Mortimer. She invites the girls to celebrate the opening of her handbag line. The girls are excited, and get dressed up for a night on the town.

Jay greets the girls, and he’s wearing a pastel plaid tie that totally works. He looks great.

The challenge: each girl has one-on-one time with Tinsley, who will judge them based on their personality and style.

Brenda’s not worried. She says that she goes to “uppity” parties back home, and that these “uppity” parties are her scene. Ahahaha!! Now all of your former hosts will be offended that you called their parties “uppity!” Let’s see how many invites you get when you get back to Podunk, Miss Brenda!

Alasia’s nervous, and she doesn’t know what to say. I am reminded that she’s only eighteen. But her hair looks great. She sits alone, and it’s kinda sad. This kid has no idea how to behave at a function like this.

Jessica talks to Tinsley, and explains about the “dressing for your body type” teach they had earlier that day.

Anslee tells Tinsley that she loves Chanel. Tinsley asks if Anslee knows who designed for Chanel, and she sheepishly admits that she doesn’t know. Tinsley informs her that it’s Karl Lagerfeld, and that this is an extremely important fact for a model to know.

Brenda loves Michael Kors, which I think goes to show that she’s just so vanilla. I’m sorry, but Michael Kors’ designs are just so pedestrian.

Cute, but not exactly mind-blowing, yeah?

Raina gets a compliment on her outfit from Tinsley.

Alasia tells Tinsley that she loves Louis V. She stutters that she loves his colors. She explains that everyone stresses that they’re gonna overthink, but she has the opposite problem. She doesn’t think enough. This statement is so hilarious on so many different levels that I can’t even decide where to start. Tinsley says, “Well, it was nice meeting you,” and Alasia replies, “Do I get up and leave now?” Aww, poor kid.

Evaluations: Jessica was the only one who talked about their teach earlier that day.

Tinsley thought Brenda’s personality is great. This just goes to show how fake the whole New York society scene is.

Alasia was fidgety. She doesn’t think before she speaks. That’s fair.

Jessica automatically gets to be part of the challenge win because she got best picture last week. The winner gets to do a photoshoot for the May edition of Seventeen with one friend. Jessica wins the challenge, so she gets to pick two friends. Of course, she picks Brenda and Raina.

The girls show up for their shoot and it’s about their personal style. Jessica’s actually perfect for Seventeen, and Raina’s very Denise Richards, who was a teen model. Brenda is the misfit to me because girlfriend looks OLD. Meh.

Later, Raina’s in the confessional, complaining about Alasia picking on Jessica. Alasia is eavesdropping on her. After Raina’s done, Alasia rushes in and rants about Raina’s fakeness. Raina then eavesdrops on her. Jessica and Brenda run up the stairs to join in, and Jessica and Raina make fun of Alasia’s ghettoness. While I do agree that Alasia is super-ghetto, I find it in extremely poor taste to mimic her on national television.

Raina tattles to the other girls what she heard Alasia saying. Raina then tells Alasia what she heard, and Alasia takes it in stride. It’s like they’re afraid to start something now.

Tyra Mail! “It’s time to take your campaign underground.” The girls guess that the challenge has something to do with the subway.

Alasia hopes it’s not because it smells like pee down there. And it totally does. She is right to be afraid.

The subway station is deserted. A train pulls up and out step Jay, the photographer, and Nicole the ginger winner of Petite Cycle 13. Nicole takes the opportunity to awkwardly plug Cover Girl Smoky Shadowblast. She is a terrible spokesmodel. I can see why more and more cosmetics companies are turning to actresses instead of models to shill their products on TV.

America's Next Top Ginger.

Each of the girls will be dressed as a “New York Woman.” Is one of them going to be dressed as a hobo? I hope against all hope that I’m right.

Hair and makeup and the photoshoot are all going to take place on the subway.

As the girls are getting made up, Angelea takes the opportunity to ask Nicole about how she dealt with the drama in the house. This is beyond ironic, as Angelea is usually the one stirring the pot. Maybe she’s just doing some covert reconnaissance to try and figure out her opponents’ next move. Nicole just tells Angelea to stay out of it whenever possible and to “stay classy.” Ahahaha!! Girl, were you not on the same show as the girls we’re watching this cycle? How much class do you really expect to find on this show?

Krista is up first, and she is portraying an aspiring actress. She is wearing white on the subway, which is courage itself.

Anslee is an artist. Jay says that she looks like she smells the stench of the subway in her shoot.

Alexandra is an Upper East Side socialite. Jay keeps having to tell her to breathe, because she’s not even breathing. What the heck would a socialite be doing on the subway? Somewhere on the Upper East Side, Tinsley Mortimer just threw her wine glass at her plasma screen TV and is yelling unintelligibly at it.

Raina is the East Village rockabilly chick. Wow, ANTM, that’s pretty specific, don’t you think?

The makeup artists continue to work on the girls. And I totally wanna use Cover Girl Shadowblast. It just looks like so much fun.

Jessica’s dressed like she’s hittin’ the club. She’s struggling to keep her balance and she looks pissed the whole time. She definitely overthinks it.

Angelea feels like a star. She’s a fashionista. She’s actually looking very pretty and natural. I know. I am surprised. Jay says that she has a studied poise. Never did I expect to hear the words “Angelea” and “poise” in the same sentence.

Brenda is a student, which is ironic, given her age. Now that Tatianna’s gone, Brenda’s teeth are my new nemesis. She looks oooooold in her shoot.

Alasia practices walking on the subway platform. When it’s her turn, she immediately grabs onto a pole, causing Jay to caution her, “We want Cover Girl, not $2 ho.” She’s supposed to be a model on a go-see, so I have no idea why they dressed her so plainly. She looks awful, and her entire shoot follows suit. Jay tells her not to forget why she’s there. She claims she’s not going to cry, which only serves to speed up the waterworks.

That’s a wrap!

Brenda feels super-confident and at peace. She says she has the edgiest look in the house. Somehow, this makes me think of osteoporosis, and how Brenda’s bones are probably and brittle as a bird’s.

Tyra Mail: Eliminations!

Alasia is nervous, and sports Ugly Headwrap #13 as she awaits a verdict from the judges.

Panel! Tyra remarks that everybody is collectively looking better because of that fashion teach. And they are. Ooh, but Angelea’s sporting some scary bags under her eyes.

Guest judge is Ann Shoket.

Raina’s up first. She was an East Village rockabilly. She lost her neck in the picture, but Ann thinks that she’s got an edgy attitude.

Krista is an aspiring actress. Nigel sees her pic as an ad. It’s a fresh photo. She really does look great.

Jessica’s next. ALT hates her shoes. They look skanky. She can’t believe that they’re criticizing her shoes, and she’s a little snotty about it. But on to the photo. She was a club girl. She looks lost, like she did a li’l too much X at the club. ALT thinks she looks like the girl next door who’s spoiled and you don’t want her in your posse becaus she’s going to make trouble. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I guess that’s why I’m not editor-at-large of Vogue.

Brenda has no energy in her shoot. Nigel thinks it’s too contrived, like an Ann Taylor ad. That cracks me up; Ann Taylor is gonna get you, Nigel! Nigel remarks that Brenda looks best when she’s looking off camera, and that she needs to learn how to look straight on at the camera, too.

Alasia was a model on her way to a go-see. She looks like a kid. Alasia didn’t think she put enough thought behind her character. ALT says that he still loves her, and she’s still in his salon, but this is her worst shoot to date, and he’d only ask the girl in this picture to visit his house. Wait, isn’t his salon in his house? I’m so disappointed by this news. I totally wanted to get invited to ALT’s salon and then sneak up to the master bedroom and roll around on the bed and ogle his shoes.

Anslee has an artist’s smirk. She looks like she has a secret. I bet it’s that her kid isn’t real. She just hired a family to have a story so that she could get on this show.

Alexandra. She was an Upper East Side girl. It’s a good pic, actually. She really does have a lovely face, even though she has no friends in the competition.

Angelea. This is her best picture ever. Nigel and ALT take turns complimenting her. Nigel says something about how she looks like she’s the person in the house that has it all together, and the girls behind her exchange looks. ALT totally catches it, and cracks up, “You got some haters on you, girlfriend!” Nigel tells the haters to watch out because this picture is really good.

Deliberations! The judges spew more French.

Raina. It’s a beautiful picture, but she’s too safe.
Krista. Her pic is dynamic. The judges love it; it’s incredible, and shows tremendous confidence.
Jessica. She is a know-it-all, and argumentative. ALT says that she has “fake confidence,” which were Angelea’s exact words to describe Jessica & Co. earlier. That amuses me to no end: ALT is as ghetto as Angelea!
Brenda. Nigel complains again that Brenda never looks directly at the camera.
Alasia. ALT says that he has cauldrons of love for Alaisa, but that this is her worst photo to date. She’s just not getting it as fast as the other girls, and that might not be fast enough to hang in the competition.
Anslee. She’s real, but ALT doesn’t think that her look sells Cover Girl.
Alexandra. The judges like her pic. It’ll probably be good enough to keep her in this week.
Angelea. Her pic is stunning; one of the best pictures of this competition. ALT raves. The judges have come to a decision.

The girls come back, and there can only be one winner amongst them.

The winner? It’s Angelea, who’s ecstatic that she finally won one. Good for her.

Runner up: Krista. Krista’s pic was pretty ossom. Like I said, she’s growing on me.

Raina
Alexandra
Anslee,
whose hair is very moppish today.
Jessica. The judges are less than impressed with her transformation from sweet girl next door to entitled brat, and Tyra makes sure that she knows it.

Brenda and Alasia step forward. Ugh, I really hope Brenda gets the boot. Her teeth, people, her teeth. Brenda didn’t embrace her haircut, but she’s a fighter. She doesn’t have the fire or desire. Her photos are decent, but not stellar. Alasia embraced dancing, but then she threw out the one thing she had going for her. She thought about nothing, and that’s what her film and photo look like: nothing. But one girl will get to stay while the other has to go. Who will it be?

Alasia is still in. She weeps with joy. Jessica rolls her eyes. Angelea smirks. Alasia loses it trying to hold in her tears. She can’t even talk.

Brenda is out. Tyra’s harem pantsuit is totally distracting me from Brenda’s booting. They make her look much wider than she is. Anyway, Brenda and her Laura Ingalls teeth are outta here.

Brenda hugs Jessica and Raina and then walks away. Brenda claims that she’s shocked that she got eliminated. I roll my eyes. She writes goodbye notes to Jessica and Raina. She then criticizes Angelea’s picture. Honey, if you can’t see that Angelea’s picture is better than yours, then you are just a sore loser. She disagrees with the judges’ decision, but she’ll respect it. Mostly because she has no choice but to respect it. What’s she gonna do, force her way back in?

Later, Brenda. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Next week: drag night. Alasia gets left behind for the photoshoot. Whatever shall she do? My guess is that it won’t be as big a deal as the teaser makes it out to be.

There was a good amount of drama this ep; things are finally cooking! We haven’t had a full-scale model war on the show in a while.

On to the rankings!

8. Brenda

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This isn't America's Next Top Grandma, apparently.

I’m so glad that Brenda’s out. She’s the last of the uglies whose looks I couldn’t stand on the show. I no longer have to watch in fear that I’ll be consumed by bad teeth. Seriously, she looks so old and awkward in this pic. Maybe she’s going for a Nola Ochs look.

You're never too old to learn!

7. Alasia

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I can't believe my mom let me take the subway by myself for the first time!

Alasia’s pic isn’t necessarily bad; it’s just unremarkable. And I actually blame most of that on the wardrobe. She’s supposed to be a model on her way to a go-see, but she looks more like a kid on her way to hang out with these cool new kids she met at her new school, who will probably end up offering her drugs and alcohol, and she’ll have to decide whether to try and fit in and take the drugs or stick with what her parents and teachers have taught her and just say no.

In short, her outfit here is ripped from an afterschool special, and it’s doing her no favors.

P.S. Don’t do drugs. They will mess you up.

6. Jessica

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If you think I look uncomfortable now, just wait until you see me dancing!

Jessica looks so uncomfortable, here. She looks like she was standing next to a friend, and the guy she has a crush on just walked up and she was super-excited because she thought he was going to ask her to dance, but he asked her friend instead, and now she’s trying to look like she’s happy for her friend, but she really just wants to get to the bathroom where she can cry until her mascara is making little black rivulets down her cheeks.

I don’t know what’s with all my stories, today. I think it’s because of the subway. I used to amuse myself by making up life stories for the people I saw on the ghettro on the way to work.

5. Anslee

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I totally just farted.

Anslee’s picture isn’t bad, necessarily. I like the idea of this picture, like she’s got a secret or something. Unfortunately, because of her eyebrows, it looks like an evil secret. But because of the way she’s dressed, it can’t be too evil.

My conclusion is that she farted, but everyone around her is blaming it on the homeless guy on the other side of the train. She turns to us to give us a knowing look, as though challenging us to think any different.

ALT was right — that doesn’t exactly sell Cover Girl. Instead, it reminds me of this:

4. Raina

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Pay no attention to my clothes. I am a model, not a rocker.

I have to agree with Jay Manuel that Raina’s overusing her hands. She’s wearing this hardcore rockabilly outfit, and she’s trying to wear it like it’s an Oscar de la Renta dress. That does not fly.

There’s no story for this one because the costuming is all wrong.

3. Alexandra

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Is this supposed to be the Upper East Side in the 40s?

First off, I think this is the highest Alexandra’s ever been in my rankings, so congratulations to her. That said, the costuming is a little puzzling to me — are there really people on the Upper East Side who dress like this? She looks like she’s on her way to the docks to welcome her sailor boyfriend home from his stint in Germany during WWII.

Her skin looks amazing, though.

2. Angelea

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And no one will ever know that I was the one who took the money!

This is definitely Angelea’s best picture to date. She looks poised, in control, flawless. But I think I would have liked it better if she’d been looking straight at the camera; generally speaking, I’d say that a direct look is better for a brand like Cover Girl. This picture, because she’s looking off to the side, looks like she’s just embezzled millions of dollars from her investment banking firm and is on her way home to pack and flee the country.

But of course things will go wrong and the whole affair will end in a Mexican standoff at JFK with her dying in a glorious hail of gunfire. Or so Brenda wishes, I bet.

1. Krista

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Easy, breezy, beautiful.

This is such a perfect Cover Girl shot. She’s looking directly at the camera, her expression is frank, but friendly, and she looks happy to be on a New York subway, which is no mean feat. Why an aspiring actress would be riding the subway in a pristine white dress is beyond me, but I don’t care when I look at this picture. All I know is that she looks great, and if I were Cover Girl, I would book her for an ad campaign immediately.

I actually liked the idea of this shoot in theory. I like anything that inspires me to make up stories. But I still wish that there had been a hobo.

Thoughts?

America’s Next Top Model, C14E05 Recap: “Smile and Pose”

Hooooo, sorry about the delay, ladies. Vacation. I’m exhausted. Let’s leave it at that.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

The girls have mail from whoever it is they ditched back home to be on this show. Everyone is excited. Anslee’s crying because her daughter wrote her a letter telling her how much she misses her and that she thinks about her every day. It’s actually quite sweet. Anslee’s feeling guilty because she’s put her daughter through so much hurt by leaving her to be in this competition, and she still might come away with nothing. How about next time, you think about that before you try your hand at modeling? Do you think you’re going to get to spend all day with her for the rest of her life if you actually do end up getting this gig? Chew on that, Anslee.

Jessica drinks pickle juice from a can, and Tatianna says it’s disgusting. Jessica laughs and says that Tatianna has no right to judge, since she loves bodily functions so much. In case we all forgot, Tatianna wants to be a coroner, yo! That’s why she’s comfortable licking fake blood off her fingers! She’s tough and quirky, everyone!

Also, she is sporting Ugly Headgear #10, and it is quite ugly. She’s tucked all her hair up into it and is looking she’s hiding some Alien Nation under that beanie.

Surprise! Not human!

She says that she’s pretty sure that she will have to choose between modeling and being a coroner. Choose the coroner, honey. Your teeth are much better suited to pondering cause of death than freaking people out on a billboard.

But, nooo, she quit school to be on the show. Please, girls, when will you learn that it is never a good idea to quit school to be on ANTM?

Tyra Mail! “You don’t need to be a scientist to be good at chemistry. Love, Tyra.” The girls scream excitedly, despite the fact that they have no idea what that means.

The next morning, the girls head out to Roosevelt Island, where they are met by Jay Alexander.

Krista thinks it might be a runway challenge. Jay tells them instead that the vampire challenged evidenced that they need help working with the opposite sex.

Jay explains that many magazines feature ads with couples, “but they’re not couples. They’re models.” Uh, thanks for clearing that up, Jay. For a second, I thought you couldn’t model for perfume ads unless you were married and hetero.

Jay encourages the girls to break the ice with the men they work with; to ask about their lives, say something funny, and to make eye contact, even if he’s cross-eyed. Just why would a cross-eyed model be hired for a major ad campaign, Jay? Hiring a cross-eyed model is just like hiring a model with jacked-up teeth…

… Oh.

The girls are going on a tram, and they will all have to be on that tram with a famous male model who’s now on a top television show.

Angelea goes first. The “shy” male model stands with his back to her. And it’s Nigel!! Good God, is he ever HOTT. She flirts with him, asking if he has a girlfriend. She then “rawrs” him, and he’s a little taken aback, as am I. You’re supposed to make him feel comfortable, Angelea, not try to seduce him back to your crib.

And then she busts out her M.C. Hammer dance to show him her skills. Nigel is speechless. He doesn’t feel that she was herself.

And he doesn’t say it, but I’m sure that Nigel’s thinking that Angelea can’t touch this:


Please, Hammer, don’t hurt ’em!

Alexandra’s up next, and she spends the whole time boasting about her hottness and her “hips that don’t lie.” And they don’t; I can totally tell that she ate a jelly donut for breakfast yesterday. ZING!! Come on, you can’t blame me; she’s just asking for it when she says stuff like that.

Tatianna introduces herself like a normal person, which is a promising start. But then she insults his fashion sense, and Nigel does not take kindly to it.

Anslee is embarrassed because he criticized her at panel. She talks about her life, and, while Nigel thought she was very real and was being herself, I thought she was BO to the RING. Just because you don’t have to listen to her yammering on and on about being a mother all the time, Nigel.

Jessica proudly sports Ugly Headgear #11, a giant, thick-knit beanie with a ginormo pompom on top. She gets very touchy-feely-grabby with him, and it makes him very uncomfortable. she starts stripping down, and threatens to strip him down, too. Nigel is spectacularly uncomfortable, and so am I. How is it that none of these girls but freakin’ Anslee understand the challenge at all?

Nigel says he feels assaulted. Jessica winks at her and leaves. He is visibly relieved that the challenge is over. He gives them a few pointers and then takes them to their challenge.

The challenge judge is Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen magazine. Tatianna’s gums are pleased to hear this. Ann is looking absolutely lovely in a deep purple frock. They’ll be doing a photoshoot with a male subject, and Nigel will be shooting them.

They’re introduced to their partner in crime, who turns out to be Ross Mathews, better known as “Ross the Intern” from a late night talk show that is not to be named on this blog because its host is a total tool.

Ross, the Intern for He Who Must Not be Named

The girls scream and laugh as though they know who he is. To ANTM’s credit, they do not mention the Show That Must Not be Mentioned.

Raina insists that she knows who he is and that he’s hilarious. Well, then I’m not so sure that you know who he is, Raina. But she hesitantly adds that he is not the most handsome gentleman in the entire world. That, Raina, is exactly why it’s called a “challenge.”

Nigel will shoot the girls from the street below, and they will have to be with Ross as the hot couple in the window. Ann commands them to keep it “real.” Uh, isn’t Ross gay? If they keep it real, then Ross will be shoving them away with all of his might as they try desperately to claw their way past him to reality TV stardom.

They get five frames, and Jessica greets this news with a hilariously over-the-top look of shock. It’s as though he just told her that he is secretly in love with Ross Mathews. The winner of the challenge gets a mass of diamond jewelry from Jude Francis.

The girls get dolled up in lingerie, and Ross greets them with the gayest “HAAAAIIIIII!” of all time. This is gonna be ossom. Krista tries to get him to stop standing so effeminately, but it does not work, so she insults his breath.

Raina’s up next, and she tries to lay Ross down on the table to make with the sexy times, and it is awkward. He shouts that she was trying to ride him like a bull. I think you might mean a steer, Ross (hint: a bull is physically intact. A steer is… not).

Anslee gets pretty comfortable with Ross, and he excitedly tells her that he thinks they’re gonna do it. Dude, Ross’ high-pitched screaming must be so irritating.

Alasia is unremarkable.

Brenda does some weird squatty pose, and it is not attractive.

Angelea tells Ross that she wants to put one leg up. And she seriously hikes it all the way up to his shoulder. Nigel is aghast. He tells her, “I’m not taking a picture of your crotch!” But when she won’t change her pose, he does it anyway, saying, “Okay, here you go.”

Jessica is hardly wearing anything at all. Her grandma is probably in a coma after this. But she actually does well with the shoot, and Nigel seems impressed. She whips her hair around, and Ross calls her a pony.

Tatianna is wearing a tie, and she asks him to pull on it. I think she was trying to go for a playful look, but it just looks like she’s a dog and he’s taking her on a walk. A dog with an aggressive gumline, that is.

Alexandra has suspenders. She’s riding him like he’s a seesaw, and it is decidedly not sexy.

Ann starts by telling the girls that the shoot was hotter than anything ever seen in Seventeen magazine. Maybe that’s because you run a teen mag, Ann. That would be inappropriate, don’t you think?

Tatianna’s shoot was too contrived. Jessica’s aggression worked here. Anslee held her face up to high, but she had a demure quality that Nigel liked. Demure, Nigel? Really? She’s practically naked! Alexandra has great curves, but didn’t work them. Alexandra is disappointed by this news.

But there can only be one winner, and it’s Jessica. She’s shaking. She’s freaking out much more than she ought to.

Anslee is disappointed. And by “disappointed,” she means “sour grapes.” She felt that she and Ross had a better connection than he and Jessica did. May I remind you, Anslee, that Ross Mathews is gaaaaaaay? “I felt defeated,” she said. That’s because you were just defeated, honey. Get used to it.

Alasia, as the winner of the last challenge, also gets a diamond ring. She’s excited about it, and I’m glad she got something out of it.

Anslee calls her dad, and she’s crying before he even picks up the phone. She keeps talking about how she’s doing all of this for her family, husband, child, etc. Seems pretty clear to me that she’s really doing it for yourself. You wanna do what’s best for your child? Then don’t abandon her to become a model. Get a real job. Or if you’re going to pursue modeling, then go about it in a way that doesn’t require you to abandon your family for weeks on end.

Tyra Mail! “Tomorrow, you’re going to find out who’s fake and who keeps it real. Love, Tyra.”

The girls arrive in Chinatown, and the Jays pick over some knock-offs. Manuel berates Alexander for even considering a fake, and Alexander claims that Tyra’s birthday is coming up. Alexander haggles with the vendor, who then flashes his badge, causing Alexander to take off down the street.

“And scene,” announces Manuel. Really? That was staged? Wow, I would never have guessed.

Jay Manuel then gives the girls a short lecture on the evils of buying knock-offs. The fashion industry loses $9.7 billion a year due to counterfeit goods. That’s a pretty crazy number, I’ll admit. So today’s photoshoot is all about fake. The narc from the “scene” is actually D-Nice, the photographer.

The girls get some seriously crazy amazing hair and makeup, and I absolutely love it. Tatianna, on the other hand, is not feeling it, and it shows in her shoot. She can’t stop with the hands, which Jay says is a flashback from the first shoot. She talks about her disappointment, and I notice a bit of a lisp that she didn’t seem to have before. Oh, no, the gums are taking over! RUN!!

Alasia goes, and her poses seem good.

Raina has fake eyes painted onto her eyelids, and she uses them. Jay is impressed.

Jay tells Jessica that he wants extreme from her, and she rocks it out. She is absolutely amazing. Her crazy really works for her in this kind of photoshoot.

Krista is boring, but Jay likes the awkwardness. Her poses are oddly serene, given her crazy hair, makeup, and wardrobe.

Brenda is booooring. So sleepy in the face, this girl.

Anslee has crazy Lady Gaga hair, but her poses are pedestrian and boring. Jay says that she was just lost. She has absolutely no energy on set. Jay tells her she looks constipated, and she says, “To be honest, I had a rough morning.” Again with the excuses, Anslee? I guess if you’ve been making excuses your whole life, it’s hard to stop just because you got on a reality show.

Angelea does okay; her hair is great. She looks like a serious tranny, in the best way.

Jay tells Alexandra to go extreme, which she takes to mean, “pull the bag like it’s taffy.” Again and again and again. She falls flat.

That’s a wrap!

Tyra Mail: Eliminations!

Tatianna’s not worried. Alexandra is depressed, and Krista tries to cheer her up by telling her that a lot of plus-sized models get pushed out of the industry because they have trouble finding clothes that fit them. Alexandra tries to explain how she’s feeling, but Krista keeps interrupting.

Panel! Tyra’s looking more and more like a flashback from the 80s every week.

The guest judge is Pat Cleveland. Tyra calls her “legendary,” which is a fair assessment. She was a pretty amazing model back in the day. I can’t believe that the 80s are now considered “back in the day.” *sigh*

I miss how bubbly the 80s were.

Tyra used to work with Pat, apparently. Meh.

Krista’s up first. Her picture’s good, but I don’t think it’s great. Her crazy blue contacts look amazing, though.

Brenda’s face is strong in her pic, but the pic as a whole doesn’t stand out to me.

Alexandra’s next, and her picture is boring. Pat says, “I know that there’s a lot you have to carry, here…” and I crack up laughing. These things just write themselves! ALT calls her eyelashes “double entendre” eyelashes. I’m beginning to doubt that he really understands French at all.

Tatianna looks bored in her pic. The judges are dissatisfied with her consistency. She generally has really boring film, with one shot that’s strong enough to put her in the middle of the pack. And her gums are trying to take over her face. I may just have added that last part myself.

Anslee’s hair is too slicked. Tyra wants it floofed with some height. Pat likes the pic, but her face is hidden. Tyra loves her face, and so does Nigel, but Nigel feels that she needs to work her angles a little better.

Angelea’s pic is pretty good. ALT raves, and declares that if he saw her on the street, then he would say to himself, “Oh, I must meet her!” Now, that’s a compliment. He tells her she’s got it goin’ aaawwwwwwn, with buck teeth and all kinds of ferocity.

Jessica’s photo is pretty great. Her body is amazing, and her hair is just nuts. Nigel says it’s full of energy, and it is.

Raina’s next, and her twisting torso works for her. Pat doesn’t like her face, though.

Alasia!! I give her exclamation points because her pose has such an amazing gamine quality that I love. But the judges don’t like that she’s looking down, so they feel like they’re losing her face.

Deliberations.

Krista delivers.
Brenda is too cataloguey.
Alexandra has potential, but she doesn’t show any feeling.
Tatianna is a one-shot wonder, and it makes the judges nervous.
Anslee might just be a shoulder-up model.
Angelea is high fashion.
Jessica is flyin’ high, and brings us to another world.
Alasia is evoking a star, according to ALT.
Raina is lost, and ALT and Pat have a “high fashion” echo war.

The girls are called back in.

The winner is: Jessica. Snap, she won the challenge and the shoot! Good on you, girl.

The runner-up is Angelea. Angelea will take #2. For the first time, like, ever, I’m sure that Tatianna is thinking, “She said Number Two,” and is snickering to herself.

Krista
Alasia
Anslee
Brenda
Raina

Alexandra and Tatianna are in the bottom. Alexandra has a body everybody wants. Really? But she doesn’t know how to work it. Tatianna just lucks into good photos. Tyra thinks she needs more than luck; she needs skill.

So who will stay and who will go? Alexandra is in.

Tatianna the Teeth are out! And there was much rejoicing.


Yaaay.

Tatianna is disappointed, but she is happy with the experience she’s received. She’s sad to be leaving. And then her gums angrily shout, “Come ON, there’s a coroners’ conference somewhere we should be terrorizing!”

Tyra dedicates the episode to Alexander McQueen. Alexander McQueen was an amazing designer, and he deserves a better tribute than this episode.

Lily Donaldson and Jessica Stam in ethereal dresses by the late McQueen.

Next week on ANTM: There will be fighting! And posing on the subway! fun times!

And now for my favorite part: RANKINGS!

9. Alexandra

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This is my friend, Bo. Bo Ring.

As ecstatic that I am that Gummy McScaryteeth is out, even I have to confess that Alexandra’s picture was just the pits. It is so boring. I am already snoozy to begin with, but this picture practically put me out of my misery and shot me straight to LaLa Land.

8. Tatianna

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The gums claim another victim.

I’m relatively happy with the eliminations so far. They make sense, and the people getting booted truly deserve it. That’s always exciting. And to finally be rid of Gummy Gummerson is a personal victory for me. Three cheers for good teeth!

7. Anslee

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I can't bear the weight of my own suckitude.

I really didn’t get all the love for Anslee’s pic. She just looks so tired, here. You can’t see her face, and it looks like the camera just went off a moment too soon or something.

6. Krista

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Pretty. Average.

This picture is pretty, but there’s nothing all that remarkable about it to me. The hand playing with the hair seems a little out of place to me. But it’s decent, I suppose.

5. Brenda

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Attack of the Gingers.

Okay, must admit that Brenda’s face is amazing in this photo. But I am inclined to think that this is mostly because she is spackled with all kinds of makeup here, so it’s covering up all of her wrinkles and liver spots. Her body is okay, I suppose.

4. Angelea

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Fake never looked so good.

This is a great picture of Angelea. She does a great job of looking entitled and snotty here, and the way she’s holding the purse with just one finger is pretty great. It’s a good picture, and definite progress on her portfolio.

3. Alasia

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Give me one moment in time.

The genius of this pose is in its simplicity. In looking like they’ve just caught her in a moment, it gives some nice movement to this shot. And I don’t really mind that she’s looking down. It looks very editorial.

2. Raina

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Get it twisted.

Raina’s twisty torso is totally working for her here. She looks amazing. This is a pretty editorial shot, too.

1. Jessica

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Poetry in motion.

This is a pretty darned good picture. There’s movement in it, every limb is perfectly placed, and her face doesn’t show the effort.

So, thoughts?