Miss Jay and Colin Mathura-Jeffee with "May-oh-ree performers" on Mt Eden
Just finished watching the first New Zealand episode of America's Next Top Model. It was good - no cultural cringe and a few information gaps were filled. Here are eight things that you might not have known.
1. New Zealand's Next Top Model's Sara Tetro and Colin Mathura-Jeffree feature prominently. Colin greets the girls atop Mt Eden at the very beginning of the show (which literally was about 30 minutes after the girls landed in New Zealand), telling them, "As a model you always must be ready. You must land in a country and always be prepared to go on go sees."
2. Sara Tetro acts as guest judge on the show. Her all-business manner works a treat with the (OTT) American girls, and she cuts them down to size again and again. Her best lines include: "The thing I like most about this photo is the composition. But that's a compliment to the photographer, not to you." and "I don't like it at all - I'm not into armpits." and "This photo - I don't like it at all. You've killed your personality in this shot."
3. Six New Zealand designers feature in the episode - Cybele Wiren, Twenty-Seven Names, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Emma Ford Swimwear, Annah Stretton and Kate Sylvester. The only non designer seen thus far (besides Sara Tetro and Colin Mathura-Jeffree) is stylist Karen Inderbitzen Waller at Kate Sylvester.
4. New Zealanders really hate Ugg boots. One of the contestants, Alexandra, wears them on her go sees to the local designers and two - Twenty-Seven Names' Anjali Stewart and Stolen Girlfriends Club's Luke Harwood both make comments. Anjali Stewart - "She was wearing Ugg boots. It was a definite down point for her." Luke Harwood - "She had a good personality but she was a bit casual, just hanging out in her Ugg boots and stuff."
5. Takapuna's Sentinel building (where the Top Models stayed) is the tallest in New Zealand, according to contestant Angelea. Who knew?
6. New Zealand sheep have giant curly horns. The photographic segment of the episode is lensed by Nigel Barker in North Island farmland - possibly around the Warkworth area - and includes a very woolly sheep with big horns. It's a well behaved sheep, staying placid as one contestant grabs it by the horns and another lies on top of it. When it comes time for the judging panel to give the girls their thoughts, Andre Leon Talley tells the subject of a particularly uninspired photo, "I'm more intrigued by the sheep." Sheep - 1, Models - 0.
7. New Zealand tribal men wear "butt flaps", according to one contestant after witnessing a haka. Miss Jay calls them May-oh-rees just like Hansel does in Zoolander.
8. The 62 Models office shown in the episode is not the real 62 Models office. It's a room in the Union Fish Building near Britomart. 62 Models is up by Karangahape Road.
More next week.
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