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What would you do to become
America's Next Top Model? For one, you have to look the part.
Then you have to sacrifice your being to a 24/7 commitment.
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Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
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"The Girls Who Hate Their
Makeovers" - March 9
At this point last season, we said good-bye to not
one, but two lovely ladies. This season, we are promised
that only one of them will be leaving - but which one?
We start the show off as the ladies walk up the subways
of NYC. Kahlen is shocked that she is here, while Brandi
doesn't want to be going anywhere. Jay tells them that
they will be living in...Las Angeles! Surprise. Jay
takes them on a tour of the back lot of Paramount
Studios - which is where they will be spending their
While walk around the lot, the women are confronted with
flashing police cars 0 equipped with sirens. A lady and
two guys get out of the cars and announce themselves as
the fashion police - but if you've seen the show, you
already know who they are. They are the women's judges
and mentors, starting with Supermodel Diva Janice
Dickinson, Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker and Fashion
Stylist Nole Marin. Jay tells them that they are all
here for their first photo shoot - and in their shoot,
they will be made up as Aliens who are coming down to
take over Manhattan!
Jay escorts them back to make-up as the ladies are
stunned by seeing all of these people. Janice tells them
that they are all being handed this on a silver platter,
so be courteous, be grateful, and be on time.
As Brita discusses her age (25) and how most models quit
at 25, Jay tells them all that to have fun. Kahlen
starts and Jay says that she doesn't realize how good
she is. Nigel thought that Rebecca was a Twiggy-esque
trooper, while he likes Keenyah as well. Luvey gets
described as Blah by Jay, while Brittany keeps falling
off the police car. Oops.
Michelle talks to Nigel about her wrestling background,
which Nigel likes because she can be androgynous.
Tatiana just wants to stay confident - and Nigel likes
her spunk and inspiration. Naima, who is a Trekkie, says
that she got into the alien role, and that impressed
Then there's Brandi, who is getting tired of waiting.
She tells Nole' that she can't believe that she's been
waiting here for awhile, and Nole' is upset with her
attitude. Nigel is even more so, as Brandi's crabbiness
is getting in the way of her shoot. She gives herself an
11, but the grimace on Jay and Nigel's face after seeing
the photos lets me believe that it could be a -11.
Noelle has the look, but not the attitude as it looks
like she's distracted - by possibly her son? Sarah gets
a quick in - and a quick out, as Jay says that she was
the easiest out of everyone...'but don't tell anyone
that.' Brita is very self-aware of her age - and her
weight. Nigel and Jay reposition her...to no avail, as
she is displaying her insecurities into her posing.
Christina has no problem with Nigel and Company, while
Tiffany, who is clearly not experienced in modelling, is
having a hard time taking instructions from Nole', who
tells her to look into the light - and instead of the
model light, she looks into the police car's strobing
light. Oopsie - and Nole' is wondering if he is judging
her more because of her back story than because of what
she's currently doing right now.
As the shoot ends, the women get Tyra mail, telling them
that they can go to a spa. The women go to a
ghetto-looking place when bikers confront them - but the
bikers are actually representatives of Serious Clothing
and they invite the women in to their new home. They get
the sweet amenities of a gym and pictures of all of the
past model contestants plastered along the wall. They
have a patch-work room, a 1920's room, and a 'bubble'
Tiffany, who is used to sleeping on a double deckered
mattress, is stunned. Even more stunned are the women as
Tyra shows up. She says that the reason for the change
in locale is because L.A. was where she started - and
where she was rejected the most. She equates the
experience to the models, as they will be experiencing a
lot of rejection - there will only be 1 women. Noelle -
'When you think of Tyra, you think boobs, and...she
actually has a brain. Who would have thought?
Someone who may not be having a brain is Brandi, as she
curses out the people who did her hair on the Police
shoot. A stunned Keenyah is watching Brandi and says
that she can be shaved bald - as long as they like her
work. Someone who likes her work is Mrs Jay, as she
comes in to weigh and measure the women. This stuns
Brita m who gained weight and who looks like she'd
rather be shaved bald than to go through this.
Most of the women's weight is between 110 and 120
pounds. Brita is...138 pounds. She says that she is
going to lose it and you can tell that she is VERY
self-conscious about it. She is going to be even worse
when the women get more Tyra Mail - saying to show up
tomorrow morning to see who gets cut.
The next morning, Tyra tells them that they...all may be
cut, as she welcomes them all to their NEW Makeovers!
She tells them that they will all be getting the
makeover for the new sexy shoot.
Sarah - gets a Peter Pan-inspired haircut
Michelle - gets to be ice blonde
Noelle - blows the hair out
Tatiana - going to make the hair rich
Tiffany - gets hair extensions
Kahlen - another blunt hair weave
Brittany - gets a short bank and make it heavy
Christina - deep darker, fuller
Rebecca - edge the hair out
Brita - gets wavy hair
Luvey - Red hair
Keenyah - Vidal Sassoon asymmetical bang
Naima - gets to be honey-blonde (Her response - Now I
have an excuse to be stupid. Heh)
Brandi - she looks fierce enough - no change.
Brandi is less than thrilled, because she WANTED a
makeover. That pisses her off and she complains to Jay
Alexander. Usually, when no one gets much of a makeover,
that spells trouble - but then Tyra changes her mind and
tells Brandi that they will shorten the hair and get rid
of the afro, which makes her happier.
Kahlen goes first, and Jay tells her that the shoot is
going to be of her... TOPLESS. She knew it was coming
and she was uncomfortable, but she goes through it.
Brita is also happy that they don't do much to her - but
I keep thinking about the no make over, and you're in
line to go bye-bye thinking, and I think that Brita is
Noelle enjoys her makeover - and she tells a still upset
Brandi that she is beautiful. Meanwhile, Michelle is
told that the bleaching will be excruciating - but she
doesn't complain and Keenyah says that she loves
Michelle's style. It non-complaining pays off, as she
loves the new cut and she looks sexy. Brandi may want to
be taking notes.
Keenyah sees her new look - and she doesn't like it. She
talks to both Jay's about it, and they don't like that
she is complaining. She insists that she will do what
they want, but they are both taking notes on her
discontentment. Hmmm...Brandi is even worse, because she
thinks that her boyfriend won't want her. Jay doesn't
want her either, as he is frustrated by her attitude.
After the hair dries, Keenyah recants, as she loves her
hairstyle and calls her complaining stupid.
However, the complaining may have been a problem - Tyra
calls them all over and says that she is happy that 12
of them accepted her changes - and is pissed off at the
two people who have complained, adding that the next
time that she sees them will be at the judging and
everything that she saw today will be a factor in that
judging. That spells trouble for Keenyah and Brandi.
Sure enough, Keenyah thinks that she is in trouble as
the Tyra Mail says that the eliminations are tomorrow.
Brandi is now crying that she doesn't want to be
eliminated - but Keenyah says that she better lose the
attitude - because it stinks.
Tyra calls them over and reminds them about the grand
prize - a contract with international agency Ford
Models, a spread in El Magazine, and a $100,000 contract
with Cover Girl Cosmetics. The judges this week will be
Janice, Nigel and Nole'.
We get to the individual evaluations. Naima is told that
she pulled it off. Noelle - she changed her hairstyle,
which Tyra is visibly upset at her with - but the
picture came out nice. Christina - the judges loved her
pic and her eyes. Michelle - was praised for her lack of
complaining, but the face was weak on the photo. Tatiana
- Nigel loved her photo. Brita - the judges hate the
photo. Sarah - they love the photo and Nigel says that
it was fun to shoot her. Kahlen - the pic is great, but
she is looking 'Partridge Family'. Brittany - be more
elegant and less sexy.
Keenyah - accidentally put oil in it and it looks awful.
She regrets her decision and Tyra lets her know that she
needs to follow direction. The judges like her pic
though. Luvey - not fierce enough. Tiffany - looks
modelesque, but needs to take directions better. Tyra
asks her what she feels when she sees herself and she
says that it's beautiful, as she starts to cry.
Rebecca - she looks nice, but gets a split decision on
the pic. Brandi - the pic looks good, but Nigel says
that it wasn't fun for her to be around. Tyra tells her
that she has to be beautiful on the outside - even if
she isn't feeling happy on the inside.
Here are the judges evaluations. Brittany - Janice wants
her to stay. Tiffany - Nole says that she was a struggle
- but the got the shot. Naima - has a great shot. Sarah
- her face will take her far. Luvey - Called SUV by
Janice - because she looked like a man. Whoa.
Keenyah - more problems with the hairdo pissed the
judges off. Christina - Janice loves her, Nigel hates
the lack of sex appeal. Brandi - Nigel loves the pic -
but who wants her around? Brita - Nigel - too old, too
heavy, too stiff. OUCH!
Kahlen - Nole says that she worked the image, but looks
drab in person. Rebecca - Janice loves her. Tatiana -
Nigel doesn't like the face. Noelle - Janice hates her
hair change. Michelle - She's big boned, but Nole' says
that she has potential.
Summing this up -
Diva Power! - Naima, Rebecca, Sarah
Diva in Training - Brittany, Kahlen, Michelle, Christina
There's a Diva in somewhere...I think... - Tiffany,
Luvey, Noelle, Tatiana
Trouble - Keenyah, Brandi, Brita
Tyra calls them all up, and starts announcing names.
First one up - Tiffany. After her, the list is as
follows - Naima, Rebecca, Kahlen, Christina, Michelle,
Noelle, Sarah, Tatiana, Brittany, Luvey and...Keenyah
(as Tyra tells her that she may have learned a big
lesson this week).
That leaves Brandi and Brita. Brita is called amazingly
beautiful - but the people had massive problems with her
shot physically. Brandi has a problem - because of her
attitude - but she gets a second chance - barely. She
cries to Tyra and promises to change her attitude. You
can change the attitude, but not the physicality, as
Brita, who leaves first, says that she regrets the
experience and says that it may be hampering her. With
that, we end the show.
I can't say that they made a bad decision here, as it
would have been tough for them to work with Brita, but
Brandi HAS to change her attitude and not give ANY lip,
or she will easily be he next person gone. Join us in 7
days to see if she and Keenyah can clean up their act -
or will they be cleaning out their bureaus and going