America's Next Top Model
The Girl Who Is Special

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At home, Brittany drinks milk straight from a container because she is a frat guy. There is a Tyra Mail which reads, "46664. Be ready at 11AM." They all wonder what it means. Kahlen says she knows what 666 is, but isn't sure about the fours. Kahlen interviews that she's not sure what it means, and that it could be a pizza delivery boy's phone number. That makes zero sense, and I'm surprised that it did not make her weep.

The girls travel by boat to Robben Island, where they meet their guide, Modise Phekouyane. He explains that Robben Island was his home for five years, and that it was a prison. Keenyah interviews that they learned that Robben was a political prison when there was "a lot of, like, racial segregation and stuff going on." Modise tells them that there was much pain and torture, and that Robben Island was Nelson Mandela's home for eighteen years. He explains how Nelson Mandela went from tribal leader to political activist to political prisoner to the first elected state President of the new democratic South Africa in 1994. I don't know how I feel about < I>ANTM's venture into world history and cultural sensitivity. In a way, I guess it's kind of refreshing, but I think what we really all tune in to see are catfights between scantily-clad models who may at some point engage in hot girl-on-girl action. The History Channel exists for a reason. Modise says that Nelson Mandela was known by the number 46664, which was his prison identity. He adds, "The name 'Nelson Mandela' kept my country going. The name 'Nelson Mandela' kept my people hoping." He says it with so much meaning, and it is lovely, despite the absence of hot girl-on-girl action.

Then fucking Keenyah interviews that she didn't know if Nelson Mandela was "alive or not alive" at the moment. Brittany interviews that Keenyah asked her if he was dead or alive, and she was like, "DUH." She adds that Keenyah clearly didn't know much about him. Modise holds the master key to the prison. He asks which of the girls would like to open Mandela's cell. Naima holds out her hand, and Modise hands her the key. Keenyah interviews that when she saw this, she wanted to open the cell. Naima holds the key with reverence. Brittany interviews that Keenyah wanted to open the cell, and thought that she deserved to because she's "the black one." Keenyah then interviews, astoundingly, "I don't really think that Naima is black. I just don't see that in her." Naima interviews that she's not "the typical black girl," but that it means a lot for her to be there at the prison. Modise tells them, "1964-1982...just the courage of that one man kept us going," as they enter the cell. And the buildup to their entrance was so drawn-out and suspenseful that I thought they were going to finally reveal the whereabouts of Dave Chappelle. Keenyah wipes away a tear. Brittany interviews that she didn't even think that Keenyah knew who Nelson Mandela was, and had no clue if he was alive or dead, so Brittany didn't understand why Keenyah was so emotional about it. In the van, Keenyah goes on about how, even though the other girls might not see this trip as anything special, the experience was meaningful to her because she's "the black one." Brittany interviews that maybe it really did mean a lot to Keenyah, but that it seems somewhat as if it's just for show. Brittany finds it tiresome.

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