Last night was the best America’s Next Top Model episode in ages. Tons of drama, two photo shoots, and Tyra trying to make a point that no one really cared about. Plus, there was a smack-down of a major bully. Tyra heavy-handedly made it clear that she can be outvoted on the show. Meh.
This episode saw Brittani and Alexandria on opposite sides. Even though Brittani had an army of minions behind her (the other girls), Alexandria still came out the victor. Whatever her role in instigating all the hatred, Tyra was right, she handled herself well during the main struggle. But we don’t know how much this has to do with producer editing.
We felt really happy for her when she won a car in the challenge. She said, “But I don’t have a car.” Poor thing. But we don’t have to live with her, so it’s easy to feel bad for her.
We have a post rushing to Alexandria’s side from a few weeks ago, but we feel for Brittani too. We know how hard it is to live with people who have severe emotional and social issues. Even if they stem from abuse, it is still hard to deal with difficult people. The hardest thing is that you feel like you should say something, like you should teach them, or like someone else needs to see how messed up they are. The bottom line is YOU’RE RIGHT and they are crazy. When you don’t know what the right thing to do is, you can accidently do the wrong thing to handle these situations.
But one thing is sure: You should not badmouth them or get in a fight in front of your superiors, judges, and clients. Keep it classy. And that’s what Brittani did not do. Pride and anger go together. When you feel like you are better than someone and no one else is noticing that, anger and jealousy can take over. After Tyra put the bully in her place, she crumbled, unable to breathe. It was annoying when Alexandria insisted, “I’m strong, I’m alpha, I’m the lioness.” But that turned out to be true this week.
Monique and Brittani were our early favorites, but it looks like we are jumping on the Kasia train for the win. With Brittani on Tyra’s bad side and Monique, inexplicably, gone, neither of our early favorites have a shot. Alexandria doesn’t have a shot either, unless she gets sympathetic, fast. No matter how well they model, this show never picks the difficult personality who none of the other girls like (see: Melrose).
We know what you are thinking: Why aren’t we pulling for Jaclyn? Because she offends us. If this is really who she is and how she acts all the time, then we’re sorry for the following statements. But it seems like Jaclyn is sort of a diabolical genius working the “sweet, girl-next-door angle.” We’ve seen her dip like a stripper. No one innocent and naïve can dip like that! All of her photos are great and calculated. She’s friends with everyone, and her personal interviews are cute and likeable. And yet, she pretends to be stupid. She pretends to be scared and timid. We think she’s working a dumb sexpot angle, so that everyone will like her, and it’s an angle that we’ve hated since the first girl worked it and stole a hot guy from smart girls. Ugh.
Mikaela went home. We did not care. She consistently churned out poor pictures and no drama.
Episode grade: A
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