16 items from 2012
With America's Next Top Model becoming as much about the art of "branding" as it is the art of modeling, British contestant Annaliese Dayes hit the show right at its sweet spot this season. Her Tyra-given nickname was "Excite-to-Buy," meaning that she could sell anything -- including, and especially, herself. And even though in her final episode, Annaliese's photo for the Top Model fragrance "Dream Come True" didn't sell the perfume well enough for the judges' liking, on her way out the door Annaliese still made the ultimate sale: finally earning the approval of the ever-critical Kelly Cutrone, who'd had it out for Annaliese all season.
We spoke to Annaliese the morning after her elimination episode aired, and Miss "Excite-to-Buy" was just as chipper and lovely as ever, even when we asked how she felt about haunting Kelly Cutrone's dreams! Here's Annaliese: »
Tyra Banks recently wrote an open letter to Vogue magazine, praising its editors for a recent stance they took regarding no longer using pictures of models who "appear to have an eating disorder."
But that is not enough, Banks goes on to say. She says that her 17-year-old self would be "too heavy" to model for Vogue in 2012 because while the average model was a size 4-6 when she was getting started, now the average model is a size 0. Banks is calling for the modeling industry to unionize, so that there are regulations in place regarding age, size and to prevent discrimination.
Which got Zap2it thinking - does her show "America's Next Top Model" practice what Banks is now preaching? We think it does.
First off, "Antm" has always included plus-sized models - which Banks awesomely refers to as "fiercely-real sized" models. And in all our time watching, we »
Annaliese Dayes is the most recent contestant eliminated from "America's Next Top Model," but she went out with a spring in her step. She tells Zap2it in her exit interview that she's just proud she made it as far as she did.
Are you happy with your "America's Next Top Model" experience?
"I am so glad I did 'America's Next Top Model.' I could never have imagined I'd have the opportunity to do it. It was an absolute pleasure."
It was really refreshing to see someone get eliminated and be so happy - you were practically dancing out of the studio.
"I'm really glad I got to leave on a high. It's really depressing when you see somebody leaving and it's like they're so unhappy about it. I understand that people want to get further than they did, whereas I was just satisfied with how far I made it. »
You guys, this is basically my relationship with Tyra at this point:
I may not be a pretty blonde teenage girl and she may not be a ghost-faced killer hellbent on my demise (...that I know of), but I'm beginning to think that Bankable Productions has been keeping an eye on me since I began trashing covering Top Model in cycle 16. How else do you explain yet another facet of an article I wrote about the show ending up making it...onto the show? First, that horrible, horrible villain toyed with me, eliminating contestant after contestant that I either loved or thought had the competition on lock (right after I wrote about them!) to let me know that she was coming for me. Now that I've spent a good three cycles cowering in the corner, fearing for my life (and the possibility of »
- Shilo Adams
The girls are being sent on Go-Sees all around Hong Kong at four of the top designers in the city. For every Go-See they book, they bank $1000 (in Hong Kong dollars). So, if they book all four, they get $512. Heh.
Sophie does well at all her Go-Sees, which is no surprise, as she's been strong in that way all season - and also no surprise, she books all four. Annaliese does well too, she books three. Laura makes a good impression at the Go-Sees, but they don't love her walk - she books two of the four.
Dream Come True Photoshoot
The girls are shooting for the Dream Come True fragrance. They are dressed like pink princesses and put inside a giant perfume bottle. Sophie really rocks her photos, »
Ooh, so that happened.
Top Model, dare I say it, surprised me once again in cycle 18 with how the elimination played out. After nearly a decade on the air (think about that for a second), you'd think that the show had pulled out every trick in the book - every outrageous photo shoot, every casting dynamic, every watercooler shocker designed to send the internet atwitter (on Twitter). But look at you, Tyra Banks, finding a way to freshen things up; following several well-reasoned, understandable boots in a row, Top Model managed to top itself by having a double elimination. They may have had weeks where they've eliminated two models, most notably last cycle and the first episode of cycle 10, but those were either known about in advance or seemed egregiously artificial to the point that it lacked any shock value. Here, though, Alisha quitting came from absolutely nowhere, »
- Shilo Adams
Can we talk about how Laura is just the worst?
All cycle long, I rode Kyle for how vacant her modeling was and the obnoxious praise she got for being a pretty typical Midwestern white girl, but Laura, that little devil, snuck past me. Of course, she had moments of being a bit of a spaz, seemed to be trying a bit too hard, and didn't appear to be emotionally ready for primetime, but she brought some energy to cycle 18 of Top Model and I liked that. Plus, she turned it out on more than one occasion, which is the ultimate cure-all for most reality show ails. If you do what you're supposed to do (and do it well), a little hiccup in likability can be written off, though not entirely excused. Ironically, though, it took Kyle's last episode for the veil to »
- Shilo Adams
Don't look now, everybody, but there are actually two (not one, but two) Top Models lurking the streets and creating mayhem. Horrifying, I know. The first Top Model is a semi-respectable attempt at putting on a modeling competition; you know that it knows what to do and for the most part, it does just that, never letting its poker face slide for a minute. It's a Top Model we don't see much, but when we do, it's always both a pleasant surprise and random interlude amidst other elements. The second (and default) Top Model is a hot-buttered, corn-starched, girl-i-forgot-to-take-my-anti-psychotics mess; it produces pretty entertaining television, but you kind of wish Top Model would put that mode back in its pants once in a while.
"Georgina Chapman" felt like a combination between the two major aspects of Top Model and it kind of worked because of that. »
- Shilo Adams
Rarely does an elimination of Top Model surprise me. Irritate, befuddle, deflate - sure, all the time. I've been around these parts for going on 18 cycles, so I've seen my fair share of ridiculous ousters. But because I've been with the show from day one, it's made me a little numb to the type of antics they can pull. If you see it, believe it, and it's super-duper outlandish, Top Model has it on top of their to do list, so at this point in the show's life, surprises don't happen all that often.
I'll be damned, then, that I've been surprised at the past two eliminations, but pleasantly so. First, AzMarie got knocked off her high horse for failing to train her tooch and now Kyle, she of the ridiculous overpraise and little desire to be there, gets the boot? Be still my reality loving heart. »
- Shilo Adams
America's Next Top Model 18.06 "Jessica Sutta and Nadine Coyle" Review
Hoochie toochie smoochie bootchie toochie toochie coochie coochie.
Don't worry, everybody, I'm not having a fit or psychotic break from too much Top Model. (That's like saying "too much air", c'mon. No such thing.) I'm just practicing what tooches to do and what tooches not to do, as the Good Lord (and Mama Tyra) intended. You wouldn't want your salad tooch to get mixed up with your dessert tooch and heaven knows, if I mixed up my dinner tooch with my fish tooch, I might not be to show up at the next TV Blogger Luncheon, Fashion Show, and Tooch Off. And we wouldn't want that now, would we?
Y'all, tonight's Top Model was all types of stupid and train wreck-y, but I have to admit...I kind of loved it. I don't know if it's residual good feelings from an improved cycle or what, »
- Shilo Adams
"America's Next Top Model" all-stars winner Lisa D'Amato was back on the CW this week, helping mentor the Cycle 18 girls in their music challenge. She tells Zap2it all about the experience of returning, which girls she thinks are the strongest and what she's been up to since all-stars wrapped.
"I'm very jealous of them because their music challenge has more elements than our music challenge did on all-stars," D'Amato tells us, of the Cycle 18 girls. "We all mentored them in our own fortes. I mentored in the studio and co-wrote songs for them, I wrote their individual parts. It was great fun."
Lisa has never been afraid to speak her mind, so she certainly didn't hesitate to tell us which girls stood out to her this cycle.
America's Next Top Model: British Invasion: Top 9 Power Rankings
Believe it or not, we're already down five girls in the search for America's Next Top Model-slash-Actress-slash-Reality-Footnote. It's been a weird cycle thus far, in that it's an improvement over cycle 17 yet there's still a lot of head scratching decisions being made, both on and off the catwalk. However, the farther we head into Tyra's Black Hole of Fierceness, the more we're seeing that there may be some models with actual potential vying for the title, as opposed to the regular girl realness that was being served at the cycle's beginning. Now that we've had a week with no new episode, it's time to fix your weave, smize with all you've got, and try to figure out who in the world could become the 18th winner of this mess.
Let's start in the bottom three, or the girls that »
- Shilo Adams
One of the main complaints that people (including yours truly) have had about Top Model is that it can feel a little insular. Instead of exposing the girls in each cycle to the realities of the fashion business through actual casting/jobs, realistic photoshoots, and lessons in handling your coins, it can focus too much on being capital-r Reality TV. There are many (legitimate) reasons that no true top model has emerged from the Top Model dungeon, but one of the primary examples of this lies with how little the girls know about what they're getting themselves into upon leaving the show. To be able to beat the fashion machine that has spit many a girl out like juice from a mouthful of chewing tobacco, you have to understand the machine and dressing like Michael Jackson or freely eating a hot dog aren't ways to do it. »
- Shilo Adams
In recent cycles of Top Model, the role of runway diva coach extraordinaire (and total friend in my head) Miss J. Alexander has been greatly reduced. I don't know if it's his busy schedule or any internal strife in Modelland, but the show tends to only pull him out for a challenge or two per cycle, with the last couple not even relating to runway. J. always brought a sense of fun and excitement to the show, damn near glistening with personality, and the technical know-how he has about the catwalk has been sorely missed, replaced by...well, Top Model doesn't really do runway anymore.
I mean, aside from their increasingly ridiculous final runways, of course.
Which is why his presence on tonight's Top Model was both fabulous and a little disappointing. Having J. back livened up the challenge, but if you're going to bring Miss J. »
- Shilo Adams
On the latest "America's Next Top Model," Tyra busts out Super Smize again, while the girls are given an awesome ad campaign challenge.
Tyra drops by the house to make the girls walk out by the pool, then have an impromptu jam session, or something. And she's wearing reflective crossing guard tape and her Super Smize and it's really, really dumb.
Tyra then assigns the girls superhero names: Illuminata, Gam-a-Tronica, Chameeleone, Era-descent, Charismia, Excite-to-Buy, Andro-Genia, Zagalicious, Fiercely Real, Next-Doorsia, Exotica and 30-Never. Some are obviously better than others.
They have to create an ad campaign for Very.com, an online British retailer. The theme is love and luxury and it's U.S. vs. U.K. They are actually doing it all (make-up/hair, wardrobe, props, casting a male model). It's a pretty cool challenge, actually.
Well, that was awkward.
Admittedly, I had kind of lost hope in this cycle of Top Model after an uneventful, nonsensical episode last week. The Americans were hideously boring, the shoot failed to be as artsy as it tried to be, and the show was focusing too much on the rivalry aspect vs., y'know, finding a competent model and whatnot. Once a cycle of Top Model nosedives like that, it very rarely fully recovers, with Tyra and company content to go own the rabbit hole of awful, self-serving reality TV and never look back. But I'll be damned if they didn't get it together already.
How about a relevant Top Model challenge? In 2012? Be still my heart. This week, Team Brit and Team Amurrica had to design their own ad campaigns for very.com and were in charge of every aspect: casting, »
- Shilo Adams
16 items from 2012
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