Our America's Next Top Model
Cycle 11 final five were whittled down to a final four last night after the usual go-see shenanigans and a Very Special Photoshoot with none other than Ms. Tyra Banks
The girls had to give us not one but two kinds of good face: clean-scrubbed and totally done-up. Which girls were able to work the looks the best on last night's episode of America's Next Top Model
Well our little Samantha
's modeling savant came back out to play. I had felt like she was overthinking lately, but this shoot she proved she can tap back into that again. She did an excellent job with both of her shots.
's no makeup shot would probably seem better were we not looking at it with the context of how annoying her nervousness has gotten to watch, and ergo reading her insecurity all over her body in this shot. I am usually very sympathetic to the shy and the nervous, and I like to root for the underdog. But I can't help but become impatient myself with what seems like her constant capitulation to her nerves. I really wish she could find a way to, as they say, “Feel the fear and do it anyway” as opposed to crumbling. And much like the judges said, when you can see her bring forth strength and poise as she does in her made-up shot, it makes you want to just see her bring that out more often.
can apparently do no wrong, but I continue to not be blown away, or as excited as I want to be by someone with such a striking face. I will say that I think her no makeup shot almost looks like a different person, which is great as it shows her versatility. But while the judges loved her made-up shot, I thought her pose and the angle made her torso look too big, dwarfing her legs which seem short in comparison. Something feels off about the photo and I couldn't get into like the judges did.
's no makeup shot feels a little trying too hard, kind of like the feedback from her go-sees. Still very cute, but the effort is present. Her made-up shot is definitely better, I guess I just keep coming back to landing on Paulina Porizkova
's side of the is-she/isn't-she photogenic argument. Like Paulina – and unlike Nigel – I just don't personally feel like her charm is captured well on camera.
, once again, snoozers. I have nothing to say that the judges didn't already. I hope she figures out what to do with that amazing face. She's a very beautiful girl, so maybe with a little maturity and experience, she'll figure it out. If not, I still say she is a total shoe-in for a newscaster with that voice and serious manner of speaking.
And now, I must momentarily interrupt this article to deliver a…
SPECIAL BEST/WORST MEMO TO CRAZY DUTCH LADY
Dutch Lady, let it go. There's nothing wrong with showing off one's clearly rockin' bod as one gets older, but seriously. Have some dignity. And dignity, advancing years, and a quasi cheerleader outfit are three things that cannot co-exist together. It's time to hang up the… athletic sock-inspired thigh-high spats or whatever the heck those things on your legs. That look is one that can only ever work on someone who is clearly too young to know how ridiculous they look and ergo may be excused for their youthful ignorance. For you? No excuse. Unless you are, in fact, a bachelor party stripper in addition to a designer and just didn't have time to change before America's Next Top Model
came to film your segment.
Okay, I feel better now that I've gotten that out.
How do you feel about this episode?
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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