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Tyra Banks
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''America's Next Top Model'': Meat the Models

Entertainment Weekly - USA - Is it just me, or was this one of the most delicious episodes of America's Next Top Model ever? Let's dig in. Two things to get out of the way here quickly: (1) Our own Michael Slezak had no idea that Mr. Jay would be taking his models to New York's meatpacking district when he scripted this week's episode of EW.com's America's Next Top Doll series. (In another channeling-Tyra coincidence, Slezak's plastics find themselves doused in ''real live animal blood'' — read: Asian chili sauce, sweet and sour sauce, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste — while recreating the Carrie prom scene.) (2) Even though Mr. Jay was dressed in all white for the meat shoot, he totally reminded me of the Snow Miser.

Now on to business. Anyone else surprised that there wasn't one vegetarian among the models who was morally opposed to wearing, as Whitney put it, ''dead animal carcasses''? It seemed most of them — save Aimee, who nearly earned herself a ticket back to Washington because she couldn't get past the steak stink — shared Whitney's view: ''I was like, 'That's not that bad. Like, I eat steak. It wouldn't bother me to, like, put it on.' '' Mr. Jay said provocative is ''what sells in this business,'' but I don't know anyone who's lining up to buy pieces of clothing that have been paired with meat panties, meat skirts, meat ascots, meat dickeys, or meat halter tops. (And in fact, I couldn't actually tell you what any of those pieces were, which I don't think would please a designer.) Jay never gave the models an actual reason for why they were wearing the raw meat and posing with hunks of it, did he? Paulina and Tyra said it was a metaphor for how women are sometimes treated in the modeling world. On so many levels.

Of course, Claire and Anya (whose platinum hair drowns her out too much when she hasn't been made up for a shoot) delivered great photos, while Stacy-Ann and Fatima failed to look fierce. Their dainty attempts at snarling were highly amusing TV, though totally boring as still photos. I loved Whitney's photo because she was the only one who allowed the absurdity of the situation to affect what her face conveyed. She can be sexy and something else (in this circumstance, slightly comedic), which most of the other women haven't mastered. It's no surprise that Lauren, a zombie-movie fan, rocked this gory shoot. She gave herself a backstory: Look menacing and act like you're Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, only, you know, pretty. It pains me to say it, but I think Dominique got a bum rap at panel. Jay praised her for giving him variety, and yet Tyra chose the one photo that Nigel would think belonged in a calendar for ''meat boys.''

Other thoughts: It's too bad Marvita's aggression didn't translate to the photo, but kudos to Katarzyna for holding her steak skirt like it was fabric! Clearly, Fatima and her ''crazy tiger growls'' deserved to be in the bottom two after she admitted to Paulina that she didn't listen to direction during the shoot. And Amis was rightly sent packing for acting, as Paulina so astutely noted, like a child who wants to stand out but doesn't know how. (The answer is not skipping, or wearing a headband, or giving yourself a pen tattoo, dear.)
Source : Originally Published Entertainment Weekly - USA, Mar 13, 2008
Celebrities : Tyra Banks
Categories : America's Next Top Model
Posted 3/13/2008 12:03:16 AM | Permalink
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