America's Next Top Model

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Woman Warriors

Alexandria gets a bubble bath and interviews that people obviously want her to go home and she's feeling attacked. However, she's not going to let it affect her. She says that she's just getting warmed up, and the negative comments from the other girls are just more fuel for her toxic fire. I know she's feeling defensive, but it's really not hard to see why everyone hates her so much. I am certain that she would annoy the living snot out of me in a cohabitation situation and I would be forced to choke her with her own pilfered towel.

The girls head to Smashbox Studios where they meet up with Nigel. He tells them that today they'll be doing their part for the fight against breast cancer. For the past seventeen years, Ford Motor Company has been working with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and they've created the Warriors in Pink campaign. Ford has already dedicated $110 million to the breast cancer cause, and you can buy the Warriors in Pink apparel at 100% of the net proceeds go to the cause. The Warriors in Pink campaign is all about the strength and courage it takes to deal with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer, and the symbols that the girls have embody the strength and spirit of warriors who live, breathe, and fight against this disease.

Now that the inspirational stuff is over, we can get to the bitchery. The girls each have a symbol, and will be embodying the meaning of that symbol in a photo shoot challenge with Nigel as the photographer. They'll have to decide upon their own hair, makeup, and styling. The girl who does the best job will appear in a nation-wide Ford Warriors in Pink print ad. Nigel says that this is their opportunity to be a true role model. In some cases, it will be a role model of stankitude, which I for one appreciate. Backstage, the girls direct their hairstylists and makeup artists. Makeup artist Marie-Flore Beaubien works with Jaclyn, who has chosen the warrior of courage symbol. She says that her inspiration is her aunt, whose struggle with breast cancer makes her want to take the disease down. Jaclyn goes with dark makeup and messy hair, along with boxing gloves. She looks very sexified yet tough, and when Nigel asks her what she's thinking about, she says, "Beating the crap out of breast cancer." And that, my friends, is how you answer the question, "What are you thinking about?"

Kasia is next, and her symbol is the heart. She has a sword and shield, and before we know it Nigel has his shot. Brittani's symbol is the dove. She is dressed like a Tahitian hippie stripper, and holds a bonsai tree. Yeah, I don't know. But trust me that this will be her best decision today. She tells us that she got best photo last week, and so knows that she's able to show emotion. She thinks that she'll do well, and has a chance at winning. Brittani tilts her bonsai tree to and fro. Nigel asks what she's thinking about when she looks into the camera. She says, and I quote, "I don't know. I don't think when I look into the camera, I just do." Nigel stops for a moment and looks at her as if asking, "Have you learned nothing in fifteen previous seasons of this show?" He asks what it all means, and Brittani says that she has no words for what she does, and in fact can't explain it. She actually seems proud about it and impressed with herself, which is the incorrect attitude to have about all this. Nigel tells her that you can't emote in a picture if your head is empty. As a role model and spokesperson for a charity, he tells us, you have to understand what you're doing. He does not think that she quite comprehended all of it. Nigel says that you can't just "do" passion -- you have to be passionate. Brittani starts crying into her feather earrings, and we head to commercials.

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