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Americaís Next Top Model 9, Episode 4: Flower Powerby Phil Kural -- 10/12/2007
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Last week, I was in Tampa and had the week off recapping! The girls got a taste of Ms. J.ís bedside manner learning runway with him. Yum. The girls scaled the heights of fashion in their photo shoot. Some soared, like Jenah, while others hit a wall, like Kimberly, and she was sent home. Eleven girls are left, and Iím almost in love with Victoria, so letís see if she can become one of MY girls this week!
The girls are hanging out at the house. Victoria tells the other girls that she isnít a model, and this hasnít been her dream until a few weeks ago. Oh, great, you know how I feel Ė the first girl to speak in the episode is always in the bottom two. I hope Iím wrong! She continues saying that she came into the competition having no clue about modeling. She wants to win, though, and Iíd love to see it!
Bianca talks about being in the bottom two, and how it wasnít a good feeling. Saleisha is telling Jenah that she will never be in the bottom two. When Jenah says that Saleisha doesnít know that, Miss Saleisha tells her she wonít. Uh-oh! Tyra mail arrives and hints towards makeovers. Everyone is excited, but Chantal is nervous that she will lose her hair. Regardless, she is ready to take what Tyra gives her and win.
The next day the girls arrive at the salon, greeted by Tyra. It is, of course, time for makeovers! Tyra has a TV behind her with the girlsí photos from the semifinals, which will morph into their new looks. Ambreal is first, and she is very elegant, so she will go to almost no hair. Sheís ready for a change, though. I really like Ambreal.
Bianca will be going long and wavy gold, while Sarah and her strong face will have to support VERY short blonde hair. Victoria is going edgy with longer hair and Chantal will be getting bangs and a new weave. Lisa is going short, too, and I think it looks good on the image. Jenah is getting very long and soft hair, and Iím not sure how I feel about it yet. Although Iím not sure how I feel about Jenah, either!
Janet is told that she needs help in person, so her hair will be shorter and changed to black. Ebony is told that she has glue in her hair and will be getting a new weave. Saleisha looks too catalog and will be going very high fashion with a bob cut. Iím not so sure itís going to look great! Heather is hardly changing, since the judges already like her color and length. Sheíll get a little brown in her hair, but thatís it, and Heather is happy with that. Once they are finished, the girls will have a photo shoot showing off their new looks.
So the girls head into the salon and the cutting begins. Bianca states that sheís a black girl going platinum, and isnít happy about that. I love ungrateful girls. Sarah didnít want to look like her mom as a blonde, and she doesnít Ė so sheís happy! Victoria says that she will be a smart blonde, and she loves her makeover. Iím still not so crazy about it.
Ebony is such a mess. They pull her wig off and it looks like itís being held on by rubber cement. Itís one of the most ghetto moments on this show Iíve ever seen. She even tells Ms. J. that it was free, and I totally believe it! Heather gets her makeover and she looks great. Love her. Janet is rocking her new look and Iím in love with it!
Ambreal admits that she is ready for her new look and is already posing with it. Jenah doesnít think her hair is as edgy as she is, but sheíll live with it. Meanwhile, Jay is telling the stylists that Biancaís hair will not be able to change to blonde. Uh oh. Lisa says her hair isnít want she expected, but itís a fresh new look. I donít really care for it either.
Ebony gets her new weave and itís so much better than that ratís nest she had on her head before. Jay is now telling Bianca that they need to cut off all her hair because itís so damaged. She will be wearing latex wigs in her photos. Sheís not happy about it, but they do begin to shave. The whole time, Ms. J. is taunting her with Kleenex, and I want to punch him in the back. So rude. I think it actually looks good on Bianca, and when they give her a wig, she says she feels like a drag queen. I wonít argue with that. Sheís not crazy about it. Finally, Saleisha says her new look changed her to fierce. It doesnít look terrible, but itís not my favorite.
Back at the house, Tyra mail tells the girls that they will need to work their way from the backstage to the front. They arenít quite sure what it means. Bianca is bitching in her room that she grew up being told that girls who cut their hair are ugly. Where the heck was this? Chantal likes her hair, but says that Saleishaís doesnít make her look high fashion. Cocky, huh?
The next day, the girls arrive in the fashion district and meet up with Nigel. He introduces them to his wife, Crissy Barker, who is a makeup artist. Also present is Brent Poer, a representative from Cover Girl. Itís time for a makeup challenge, and the girls will be preparing for a runway. They have five minutes to get changed, and fix their faces, eyes, and lips. The winner will have a look uploaded to the Cover Girl website, and will shoot a video on a new feature located on the site. Very cool! Kidding.
Nigel sets the girls loose, and they run around like crazy people. Everyone is pushing and Victoria says that she rarely wears makeup, so she knows this is tough. Bianca feels like her new look makes her look like a boy and itís hurting her. [Assistant Editorís note: Shut up, Jaeda.] Saleisha knows that they other girls donít want her to win this challenge because she won the other two, while Janet canít find the rack with the correct clothes and puts on the wrong dress. She looks great, though, Iíll admit it!
Once this clusterf**k is over, the judges give critiques. Ambreal and Victoria went too overboard with their eyes, and Iíd agree. Ambreal looks borderline drag. She must be hanging out with Bianca and her assortment of wigs. Saleisha is told that she needed more color in her eyes, and Janet wore the wrong dress! Out of nowhere, the judges say that Sarah is the winner. That was random! Sarah is happy and Lisa is glad that someone won besides Saleisha.When the girls return home, Tyra mail says that they should be ready to be deflowered. I (and the girls) wonder if itís time to get nakey!
Jay greets the girls at their shoot the next day, in the middle of the woods. He tells them that they will each be a flower or some type of plant life. Bianca says she is getting used to her hair, and Jay loves that she is smiling. Sheíll be a sunflower, and I have to say she actually looks good. Jay liked her on set, too, and says it took a meltdown for her to appreciate herself.
Janet is next and sheís a hydrangea. I have no clue what that is, but she looks great. Jay likes her body but wants more from her in the face. Heather, of course, is a weed. I love that they are making Heather stick out as much as possible. She looks great, though, and Jay and the photographer seem to be happy with her.
Lisa will be bamboo, and Jay thinks that she is going the same look over and over. Saleisha is a tulip and her new hair is hiding her eyes. I thought that I liked the new look on her, but Iíve changed my mind Ė it hides her face! Sarah is ivy and has problems, but seems to work it out in the end. I have to say that her look makes her look ten times better than before!
Ambreal is a rose and looks great, but she is told that she needs to work it in the face a bit more. Victoria is a cactus and she thinks that itís ridiculous and very strange. Sheís not giving expression and she comments that she is over it all. Now, Victoria, I do like you, but the attitude has to go. Why be there if you feel that way?
Ebony is a bird of paradise, and she totally has the bird part down. Jay loves it, though, so I canít argue. Chantal says that she was born to do this and she is babyís breath. She looks confused and is struggling with taking directions from Jay and the photographer. She cries after the shoot, saying she wished they would shut up since she can do this on her own. I will admit that they talked the whole time and didnít let her do anything on her own.1 2 Next-->
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