Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Model: "What kind of look do you think I have, coming from a hairdresser?"
Servilles stylist: "You could say a Mediteranean kind of look."
M: "Is that close to South America?"
SS: "Um.... (awkward laugh) yeah kind of."
Special thanks to Hosanna for providing us with this week's Modelism. Actually, special thanks to TV3 for choosing to keep sentences like that one in. It's like they edit the show in a special way just to perpetuate model stereotypes and provide me with entertaining content. Either way, we all win. All of us who aren't contestants on the show that is.
There's nothing like a good makeover to cause a few dramas, and this week's show didn't disappoint. Makeovers on a show like New Zealand's Next Top Model are the best kind, because the models don't have any say whatsoever in the final outcome. So you have girls like Laura having to sit there passively while her hair was hacked off and bleached white blonde, or girls like Teryl-Leigh who sat there scowling while her hair went ging. Then there was Ajoh who watched sobbing while her hair was basically shaved off despite the fact that it's culturally taboo.
Teryl Leigh /TV3
At the end of it all, it was fascinating to see how the different personalities held up. There were the happy go luckies - Olivia, Hosanna, Rhiannon and Victoria, and the sour pusses - Christobelle, Teryl-Leigh and Lucy. But who came out looking best? Ajoh, Ruby and Victoria if you ask me.
Next the girls headed down to Auckland's underwater institution, Kelly Tarlton's, to show off their catwalking skills in front of Australian designer Kirrily Johnston. Hilarity ensued when Laura (our very own Aggy), told Johnston she thought her clothes were "comfy".
Speaking of comfy, some of the girls appear to have been getting a bit too comfortable in the multi million dollar top model house, and according to Teryl Leigh and Hosanna, the weight has been piling on. It hasn't helped that the producers keep putting copious amounts of chocolate and cheesy pizza in their midst – with no exercise equipment to burn it all off on – but sighs of relief abounded when a van pulled up filled with cross trainers and gym gear.
This week's final challenge came in the form of an underwater-fantasy beauty shoot with Hannah Richards, a New Zealand photographer well known for her love of eye poppingly bright makeup. This is reality TV so bold makeup became full circles of fluro paint (and in one case black face - did anybody else think that was a bit strange?), and the girls had to tell the whole story with their eyes. The greatest transformation was Rhiannon - from horse lover to Princess Amidala lookalike.
When it came time for the judging, the results were as expected: Ajoh looked amazing but her eyes weren't quite bright enough; Victoria looked amazing but with her face EVERY frame should be amazing; Laura's Aggy-over had taken her from zero to hero; All of Hosanna's practice had paid off; Ruby looked great, and by jove her attitude had improved; Lucy's photo was amazing - a hard act for poor old Olivia to follow - but rest assured, they made her follow it and she eventually became this week's evictee.
My new top four reads: Victoria, Ajoh, Ruby and Christobelle. How the times have changed. Tune in on Friday to have your say in the Isaac Likes Top Model blog.
Oh, and to find out who is still in the running to becoming New Zealand's... Next... Top... MODEL....