The girls take to the runway this week under the tutelage of Miss J. He gets them all dolled up in Nantucket garb and treats them to a lesson from Miss J."s Charm School, which involves learning runway etiquette as well as how to mock another girl"s walk like a sassy drag queen. They also get some advice from previous contestants Chantal and Bianca, the latter of whom must have come straight from her Nikki Blonsky beat down. While Allison has some troubles with the walking bit, Natalie is strong on the catwalk. She has modeling experience, which she touts to the high heavens and back. This annoys the snot out of Aminat. Natalie also wins no favors with Tahlia when, in a game of Truth or Dare, she tells everyone that she thinks Tahlia"s photo was the weakest last week, aside from Jessica"s monster shot. Tahlia is having a confidence crisis anyway, and probably has even discovered her snout, but a conversation with her sister gives her a little boost. The girls take their newfound runway knowledge and apply it during a fashion show for designer Jill Stuart. It actually looks kind of legit, which is shocking. They have to hold large shopping bags and negotiate a runway that features a fire hydrant to show how well they"ve learned their etiquette. Natalie is a standout not only because she walks well but because she does a random twirl in the middle of the runway. Celia"s also strong and Allison does better than expected. In the end, Natalie wins despite the spin and gets some personally selected Jill Stuart clothing as a prize.
The week"s photo shoot has the girls posing in teams of two or three in crazy hair and makeup atop a tour bus that"s stopped around various parts of New York City. They have to tell a story and be characters such as Wall Street brokers and tourists in Times Square. Out of nowhere, Sandra manages to pull off a photo that the judges love and is called first at elimination. Natalie does worse than she thinks she would and in fact is not as good as Tahlia in their joint photo. Allison gets flak from the judges for no reason, really, because her photo is fine, and lands in the bottom two. Joining her there is Nijah, who is “just pretty.” And if you think Tyra is going to let the freaky awkward girl go home this early in the season, you don"t know her at all. Nijah is sent packing and exhibits her lovely personality until the end.
Previously on America's Next Top Model: Makeovers! There was much merriment, until there were many tears. Fo was distressed at her boyish Peter Pan haircut, and didn't help her own case by wearing a red plaid flannel shirt. The girls were photographed by Nigel at a shoot in which they had to light themselves. Jessica was impressed by her own prettiness, but, as I'm sure Tyra has said on more than one occasion, prettiness does not a model make and she was given the stiletto shootie. Eleven bitches remain!
It is night. The girls head home from judging in their giant limo, and Teyona is pleased to see her best-of-the-week photo displayed as digital art in the model home. Teyona interviews that the competition is getting hard. On the one hand, it's sad to see a friend getting sent home. On the other hand, it's not that sad, because it's always better that someone else get thrown back to life and back to reality. She tells the other girls that she doesn't mean to be rude, but it's kind of nice that they have a little extra space now. Once they get rid of Kortnie they'll be swimming in it. Aminat points out that somebody has to go home every week. I'm happy that she's retained something from her eleven seasons of viewing that doesn't directly involve tooching your booty. Nijah has a great personality, but all the judges see when they're looking at her photos is a pretty corpse with dead eyes. She confessionalizes that she's not boring and is trying to work on her intensity. She thinks she'll have it right next week. That would be this week. And that would be the ever-famous foreshadowing of doom.
Tahlia, meanwhile, is really upset after her panel critique. She interviews that the competition is getting to her. She doesn't have the experience, knowledge or education in being a model. Also, the judges keep telling her that she has no self-confidence, which makes her believe that she has no self-confidence, despite the fact that she walked into the competition feeling pretty good about herself. She eats grapes out of a plastic baggie and prepares to buck up and prove her mettle. Aminat tells her that this is New York, and it's the time of her life. All she has to do is look good and have fun and be interesting. It seems like such a simple equation, and yet ends up being so hard for so many of the dullards before us. Aminat says that if you can't manage to hit the three basic checkpoints on the road to Top Model success, then you deserve to go home.