New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep10

Phew, the girls are off to LA – not staying in Australia as I had cynically assumed they would. This week Nigel Barker, photographer from America’s Next Top Model is photographing them.
They got to fly Business Class and were then driven around LA in a limo to 2Pac’s California Love (OK that was overdubbed, but they should have had it blasting).
The girls were summoned to Next Model Management and were introduced to the director Alexis Borges. They had to walk in front of him. He liked Laura, he told Hosanna she was 2 inches too short so didn’t even bother getting her to walk. T-L was told she was too fat (she’s had two kids and I’ve seen her in a bikini – she looks damn good!) He told Ruby she looked like she still had some baby fat and she laughed – they measured her hips and told her she would have a hard time fitting the samples. (I then went and measured me, I am 6 inches bigger than required…). Both of them weren’t too worried as they can work on losing weight. Poor Hosanna will have to save up for some of those bone lengthening cages. T-L got straight into her diet by having some wedges with sour cream using the logic that they are less fatty than shoe-string fries. So is a salad.
Their next Sara Mail told them that their challenge had something to do with shopping. They were given $75 and 30 mins to shop and put together a look that said “Sucessful International Model.” They set off running, T-L tried to wangle a discount but the shop assistant didn’t look keen but in the end he agreed to let her have a dress and some shoes “rounded down” to $75. Hosanna stripped off in the shop so as not to waste time queing for a changing room. She found some pants she loved but ended up having to sit on the counter to get the barcode scanned as she refused to take them back off. Christobelle didn’t realize that she was supposed to be wearing her outfit so had to change in the street. Victoria was too late to be considered as punishment she had to sit in a big glass box back at the hotel, for 3 hours, as a kind of living advertisement. T-L had to join her because her dress made her look like a sausage and Christobelle had to go in there too for not being ready in time.
They were then off to shoot and ad for Covergirl Trublend. It was quite comical seeing them shooting a polished ad with their NZ accents – not so high class. Victoria says “Covergee-ul”. Christobelle did a really good job, she was very relaxed and her accent was hardly noticeable. T-L looked like she was secretly angry as she said the lines and then flashed a fake smile at the end, she had at least 11 takes. Hosanna was confident that she had what it took to rock the challenge but she kept doing crazy eyes. Colin said “There was the Hosanna Stare, The Hosanna ‘I’m Seductive’, The Hosanna Claw, there’s a Hosanna Smile…it was Covergirl meets pirahna.” Ruby looked fab and breezed through the ad. (Ruby for NZNTM! Though I think Christobelle will actually win). The winner got a personal tour of LA by night in a stretch Hummer limo. Christobelle won and took T-L and Ruby with her.
The next challenge was a photoshoot on Santa Monica beach with Nigel Barker. The shoot took place under the pier. Nigel said Ruby was more of a plus size model – but would need a bit more weight and was dissapointed that she was so nervous. He thought Laura did a great job and said the other girls should watch out for her. T-L did quite a poor job she didn’t pose much and seemed to be frowning a lot. Nigel liked Victoria and thought she made a great effort – he even picked her up and swung her around. Hosanna leapt about and Nigel said it seemed that she thought “clowning around” was modelling and commented to Chris that she was wretched. Nigel thought Christobelle was exciting and did everything right.
Off to panel – Nigel was the guest judge. They loved Christobelle’s photo and her Covergirl ad. Hosanna’s photo was her very last frame and Nigel told her the rest of her film was a mess. Hosanna cried her eyes out as she thought she had wasted her opportunity with Nigel. Nigel had high praise for Laura but told her to watch her face, Colin told her that her face had also let her down in the ad. Colin told Ruby that she did an awesome job in the ad and would buy anything she was selling. Nigel told T-L that she did the same thing over and over and that if she had been like that on a regular shoot her would never book her again and complain to the agency. Victoria was told by Nigel that her eyes were some of the most beautiful he has photographed.
During deliberations they said: T-L has no charm and is argumentative; Christobelle is not the prettiest but the most interesting her photo was Sara’s fave of the competition to date; Hosanna – a mess and wretched but hard-working; Ruby dissapointing and neither a rake nor a plus size; Laura’s photo gives Colin shivers and is a great mover; Victoria – gorgeous with striking eyes and could work on an international level.
Christobelle was called first. T-L and Hosanna were in the bottom two. T-L was sent home for lacking warmth. She said she was pleased to be going home as she would get to see her kids. She also said that Hosanna would be going home next week anyway. I have a feeling I will be seeing T-L on the cover of Ralph magazine – though I hope I don’t.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna
You can watch the episodes online (NZ only) and see the final photos by visiting here.

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep9

This week the 7 remaining girls were teamed up with 7 fashion design students. They had 10 minutes and $40 to buy what they could from Savemart. Savemart rocks, they are huge second hand clothing warehouses. (The only trouble with the one in Dunedin is it knows there is a big second hand clothing scene and bumps the prices up accordingly – especially in the “retro” (which usually is just their word for ugly) section). The designer would then use the clothes selected to create a look for their girl to wear on the runway. Hosanna raced around grabbing everything in sight but all her designer Celine wanted was a long sleeved white shirt and some ties. Laura was paired with Ivana who could have been in the model comp herself. Teryl-Leigh thought her designer was “way too sure of herself” for actually having an idea in her head that she was aiming for – she chose a Shrek T-shirt (tee hee).
Abby made Ruby a black and white futuristic Star Trek-alien-about-to-be-seduced-by-Kirk top.
Scott made Ruby a skirt out of a yucky green jacket she had insisted on having. The top however looked like a bit piece of cardboard. She did quite a good job of pretending that she liked it though.
Celine had made Hosanna a little purple top from the white shirt – it looked really great! Colin said it looked like an eggplant – Hosanna admitted she didn’t know what one was.
Lucy gave her designer Glenn a few pointers on improving his design – Colin ranted to camera that you “do not critique a designer’s design”.
April had turned some orange overalls into some black trousers for Victoria.
Ivana made Laura a dress out of some sheets and some kind of nanna shawl/cardie. I was just thinking the dress looked like a sheet still except all bunched up when Colin comented that “New Zealand loves pavlovas“.
Teryl-Leigh was horrified by the design Priyanka had crafted for her. It was some kind of top made out of 4 t-shirts. It looked like a big kind of shawl or one of those awful shrug cardigans but really oversized. T-L was to be topless underneath it for the show. T-L was not happy – “I’ve had two kids for crying out loud and the tops has holes all through it” Fair enough! Laura asked T-L if she thought that P was trying to make her look bad and therefore make herself look bad – T-L replied “She’s sewn together four frikkin t-shirts, I don’t think she cares.”
It was then time for the runway show – the model who did the best on the catwalk woud win a session of pampering at a spa. On the night of the show Priyanka was going to bow to T-L and sew the top up but Colin stopped her, labelling T-L a designer’s worst nightmare. When the girls were all done up and the outfits completed they all looked pretty good. Colin thought Victoria’s walk was stiff and Hosanna’s “horrified” him – she also winked at the end of the runway which he did not like at all. After all the drama T-L looked fine, she had a mesh-like top on under the t-shirt cardigan and you couldn’t even notice she was flying bra-less. Christobelle and Ruby were joint winners of the challenge. Christobelle had put her back to the camera at the end of the runway instead of posing for them to get a shot. A few of the girls were rightfully annoyed that she had won when she had messed up. They were whisked away in a Lexus to a hotel where they meditated, and then received a massage.

This week’s photoshoot was to support Smokefree. Instead of doing a photoshoot o show the bad things about smoking the shoot was designed to show how powerful the media can be in making things seem glamourous and real. The girls were each given an emotion to portray realistically in their photo – the cigarette was substituted by an emotion. The girls were done up 40s style, the golden age of the fag – that’s cigarette. Christobelle had to be angry but she just looked mildly irritated. Laura had to be sad – she imagned that her boyfriend was dead. As soon as Chris mentioned the scenario she just about bawled. She pictured his coffin and cried and cried. Chris was impressed, as was I – I love Mr Pigalina but as we have a deal that we will die simultaneously I am unable to picture such a scenario therefore unable to understand how she did it. Ruby’s emotion was joy and what was it that she hought of the bring the smile to her face? Was it kittens? Was it Johnny Depp down on one knee vowing to leave Vanessa Paradis for her? No, it was her friend faling off her chair at school and whacking her head on the desk – it seems we had to be there to appreciate the comedic gold. Teryl-Leigh had to be suprised, she just seemed to throw her hands up and open her mouth. I don’t know about you but when I am suprised I tend to screw my face up and hunch my shoulders to protect myself. (T-L was moaning about Hosanna practising her poses in the background – hogging her limelight. I had deleted something that I wrote about T-L whinging about Hosanna earlier in the episode but will give you the jist – T-L thinks that if Hosanna needs to practice so much she doesn’t deserve a place in the top 2 whereas other would just see it as dedication). Hosanna had to represent fear and she was embarrassed to admit that she was scared of the dark. Chris said that it would be hard to pick just one photo as she had done so many good ones. (Pratice makes…). Lucy had to represent despair. Victoria had to show lust.

The girls were told at this panel that they would need their passports as the final 6 were off overseas! (I had my fingers crossed that they got to go further than Australia however the end of the message said “Fair dinkum” so I gathered that TV3 had forked out $99 per girl to get them across the Tasman – turns out they were going to Sydney as I had expected – though, thank goodness, that it was only a pit-stop and all the cynics like me got a slap in the face when the girls were told they were off to LA. Lucky.) One poor girl had to fly to Sydney only to fly home again – who would it be? The guest judge this week was apparently Morgan McGlone, a talent scout for Next – though I think it was actually NZ singer Dei Hamo in disguise. Colin told Victoria that she looked like a lusty little minx and that that was how he looked at himself in the mirror every morning. If I earned money from just looking like me I would be licking the mirror each morning, alas I must earn my money as a public servant. Christobelle looked like she was ready for her close up as anger. Laura was told to be proud of her grief photo. Colin told her she had gone from ordinary to extraordinary and if she kept it up she would be legendary. Lucy was told her picture was not so great but her runway had been amazing. Ruby’s photo was fabulous – it made Colin’s heart sing and Dei Hamo Morgan said it was exceptional. Sara congratulated T-L for actually going ahead and modelling her outfit at the fashion show. T-L had a wee cry about missing her kids and the judges were pleased as “barriers were breaking down”. It was then time to deliberate. Colin declared Ruby the dark-horse – yay Ruby!
Ruby was called first – and rightly so. Hosanna and Lucy were in the bottom two – out of the two, though I wanted Lucy to go further to represent Dunedin, Hosanna deserved it more. Lucy was sent thus dashing Dunedin’s dream of model glory.

Next week it’s off to LA!

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep 8

As I am Jaquie Brown’s friend on Facebook I already knew that she was going to be on this week’s episode. (Of her 2659 friend’s I like to think I am her favourite).
Jaquie was enlisted to help the girls with a TV presenter challenge. Jermaine Leef from C4 was also on hand. Appropriately screened on 1st May the start of New Zealand Music Month (even though it was filmed weeks ago) the prize was to be a VJ for a day on C4. The girls had to pretend they were on air with Jermaine presenting his show. Teryl-Leigh went first – sorry, T-L but your accent is not TV friendly 😦 (though nice shorts, I have them too!). Lucy kept looking to the sky for inspiration. Laura looked like a mannequin frozen next to Jermaine as he talked. Ruby was animated and bantered with Jermaine. Victoria tried her hardest but came across so over the top. Jaquie told Rebecca Rose to have something stored in her mind to say next “rather than just giggling”. She didn’t appear to take the advice though still seemed to think she had the “X factor.” J and J did not. Jermaine said he and Hosanna had chemistry and he liked the way she touched him – on the shoulder. However, she spent her time gazing at Jermaine rather than being a presenter. “Too much sexy time on TV is not good” said Jaquie. Christobelle did a good job and was a natural . Jaquie said the only downside to her was that her legs were so long and slender that next to Christobelle she looked like a “fruity freak”, Jermaine preferred “goblin”. Ruby won the challenge and pumped the air in her glee.

Rebecca Rose said that she was pretty sure that she wouldn’t be going home last week despite being in the bottom two as she knew people were praying for her. Now I mean no disrespect here, but it always annoys me when people say things like – like when people pray on the Amazing Race that they will win, or people thank Jesus when they win Oscars. God and Jesus have better things to be thinking about than some people winning some money or a girl winning a beauty contest. Seriously you guys (said Homestar styles).
People seem to have moved from being annoyed by Hosanna to being annoyed by Victoria. None of them really gave a reason why they don’t like her – bad manners was the only real explanation. Laura went to the dentist to get her teeth fixed – not sure what was wrong with them apparently they were a little wonky. Not everyone was excited thinking that it would give her an unfair advantage. Ruby joked that if Laura was getting new teeth she wanted some liposuction.

The girls went to a studio to film a video for the band Autozamm‘s song “Long Days”. They were to be 60s mod dancers and circus performers. There were beehives and mini skirts galore as the girls danced in front of a green screen. Colin then gave Rebecca Rose a leopard outfit to wear, not just leopard pattern – no, no, one with a little hood and ears on it. Just when I was chuckling over that Teryl-Leigh was given a gorilla suit. Unlike Rebbeca Rose T-L said that she could rock it and be a gorilla. Victoria was chosen to be the lead in the video – she was to fall from the hi-wire and into the arms of the singer who she would have to kiss. T-L commented “Every guy she sees, like sees, she thinks is hot so it’s good, like, that she can finally kiss someone.” Ruby and Hosanna were done up like a clowns and the other girls just seemed to have sparkly leotards on. The director thought Ruby and Laura (with a curly moustache drawn on) were great and was frustrated with Rebecca Rose as he had to keep telling her what to do. T-L actually did a good job in her gorilla outfit, drumming with bananas and ooh-ooh aah-aahing.

Quite an action packed episode really as there is still the photo challenge to get through and this week it was posing with half-naked men at a trucking yard/quarry. The men were the finalists from the Cleo 2008 Bachelor of the year competition. The girls looked like they were going to pass out. If it was me I would have kept my cool and said, “huh, they’re no Mr Pigalina”. (A tick in my book please!) The girls were instructed to climb all over the men and treat them like play things. Laura had a little cry as she had a really good time on the photo shoot but has a bf who may not have so much fun when he watches the episode. Hosanna said if it was her she would still be all over the model. The photographer said Lucy didn’t really seem like a model to him. T-L had not wanted to do the photo shoot with the guys and was also worried that she can’t do “the sexy thing.” She looked like she was about to start yawning and check her watch as she posed with the model. The photographer liked her though, he also liked Christobelle, Ruby and Hosanna. Ruby got a bug in her eye during her shoot and she carried on posing with one of the wings in there after make-up couldn’t get it out. The photographer said that Ruby needed to get on the treadmill a little bit. There is nothing wrong with Ruby!!

At panel Colin had a little beard and moustache which made him look like a sleazy waiter or a latin dancer (though I think that was the look he was going for). Hosanna got praise from all four judges. Lucy was not too happy to hear that the photographer thought she was beautiful but not really a model. Colin told her that he could tell from her photo that she was worried about what her boyfriend would think. Despite Laura’s worries along those same line she had a good photo. They told Rebecca Rose that she had made an effort to have a different look on her face but this was a time to bust out her usual look which they moan about every week. How is she supposed to know what to do?! The photographer had said that T-L looks like she is sad, and her photo reflected that a bit this week. Colin said to harness her inner gorilla seeing as she had done so well at the video shoot. Christobelle’s photo was pretty good but her high waisted short-shorts looked a bit like a nappy. Colin said Ruby’s photo was “delicious”. Victoria wasn’t happy with her photo – nor were the judges.
Laura was called first. Lucy and Rebecca Rose were in the bottom two which I wasn’t too happy about. Rebecca Rose was sent home!! She was the most interesting looking girl left out of the whole lot but because she “only has one look” she was sent home. Also she had a nice personality. Boo-urns. It’s a good job that I’m not a betting person or I would be broke by now. On the plus side Lucy remains to represent Dunedin. Yay!

Next week from the trailer it looks like they are at SaveMart (second hand clothing warehouse) – my favourite shop! (Great website btw). They also head overseas where someone’s journey “comes to a shocking end”.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

You can watch the episodes online (NZ only) and see the final photos by visiting here.

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep6

Shock Elimination! – Read on…

It was straight into the first activity this week. The girls had to race to grab a prop from a bucket which they would then have to create 5 poses with. These ranged from a book and an umbrella to a toilet roll and a fire extinguisher. Rebecca Rose’s hand got cut in the scramble to not get left with loo roll. Teryl-Leigh bombed out posing with a bottle of juice. Victoria used the toilet roll as a scarf and drew praise from the judges. Ajoh had an apple, Rebecca Rose a fan; Ruby had an umbrella. Christobelle had a hand mirror and her last pose was using it as a cricket bat which left Chris (the photographer judge) bewildered “What’s happening there…What is it? I dunno.” Then there was a book for Laura, Lucy had the fire extinguisher and Hosanna had a beach ball.
Everyone is getting sick of each other and missing home. Lucy had a little cry again.
The first challenge was to have them “swinging from the rafters”. Someone – I am not sure who because they were not in shot asked if this meant on a river – in a boat. (It was not Ajoh who has English as a second language.) Lucy had to explain that rafters were in the roof. The challenge was at Tapac (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre) where they had to use trapezeses, suspended hoops and silks to make shapes with their bodies in the air. The prize was to model in a campaign with 3 experienced models for Max (again). Everybody gave it a good go except for Ajoh who, after going on the trapeze and hoop only had a wee go with the silks. This means she hung upside down, said “ow” and then sat out for the rest of it. She said it was because in her culture you shouldn’t spread your legs. She later told the judges it was because she was scared. Colin was so T.O and labelled her a quitter.

I am actually going to give up right here – the sillly computer timed out and lost half of what I was typing. All you need to know is:
* Teryl-Leigh and Ajoh did badly in the first challenge – Colin said that they were both disasters and hoped he wouldn’t wee his pants laughing when Ajoh did her poses. Laura won the modelling assignment prize.
* At the photo challenge, which was modelling watches, Hosanna had a big cry. She said that it was because she needs to hear that she did a perfect job.
*At panel Colin wore his hair like a flapper-girl.
*Laura got called first. Ajoh and Rebecca Rose were in the bottom two. I know! Ajoh was sent home. Shocker eh? I was hoping that she would win so I could chuckle at NZ’s NTM being imported. Alas, my gloating twas not to be.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

Sorry about the rubbish post.
Fun Fact: My friend is friends with Lucy from NZNTM. Word

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep5

(I must apologize for my tardiness – have had a very busy Easter Weekend.)

It was pretty much all about Teryl-Leigh this week. So much so there is too much drama to bother with. Just know that she was feeling bad about being in the bottom two and moped about a lot and moaned heaps. At one point she was calling Hosanna a genius and a few minutes later declaring her an idiot. The girls have all realised that Hosanna’s practising was a very smart thing to do and spent some time practising in the mirror.
Things got worse for Teryl-Leigh when Sara arrived to “get to know” the girls and asked them all who they thought would be going home that week. The majority of them said Teryl-Leigh which put her in the foulest of moods (fair enough – they were basing it all on last weeks photo only). Ajoh and Christobelle were picked by the girls as most likely to win. Not many of the girls chose themselves, silly girls, ain’t they never watched America’s Next Top Model? Tyra would have told them off!

Some more T-L moaning over dinner.

The first challenge was a make-up challenge where they had to race to put on CoverGirl cosmetics in 5 minutes and create an evening look. Dunno about you but 5 mins for make-up is more than enough for me. I was wondering who the mountain man (or Bluto as my Dad said it could have been) in the checkered shirt and huge beard was. Turns out he was the make-up artist! Looked like he should have been weilding an axe rather than a mascara wand. Lucy didn’t run straight to the foundation table like everyone else and worked on her eyes first. Colin told Hosanna that she looked like she was in the circus. Things went wrong for Teryl-Leigh again – the mountain man said that he was most disappointed with her. The winner was Ruby who won a one on one with Bluto and some CoverGirl cosmetics not yet released in NZ.

The photo challenge was wearing couture (think gowns that would cost 3 months wages) while lounging about on a beach. Ajoh got put in a toy soldier hat, some of the others had bits of dead pheasant stuck to them. Chris (the photographer judge – 1st mench by name) wasn’t too happy that Lucy said she couldn’t think on the spot. Laura didn’t like her outfit – she said it was a big circle with a hole cut in it with a bum sack.

At panel Colin had a quiff mullet combo and a Cry-Baby style tear on his cheek. Christobelle and Hosanna’s photos looked fantastic. Lucy was told that the only good thing about her “angry, constipated” photo were the feathers in her hair. Rhiannon’s photo looked ok to me but the judges didn’t think so. Sara said Ajoh in her crazy hat was her favourite. Laura got told off about letting her big sheet of an outfit put her off her game. Colin said Rebecca Rose looked like an underfed anaconda and that if he saw “something like that crawling up to me on the beach I’d be squealing.” She just laughed, Rebecca Rose is lovely, she has grown on me over these past few weeks – I’ve never heard her bitching (that I can remember). She also has a really diffferent kind of face – “slight alien” the judges commented while deliberating – not that that is bad, it seems to be working OK for Gemma Ward. The judges acknowledged that Hosanna’s practise is paying off. Ajoh was called first. Bottom two were Victoria and Rhiannon. Victoria was told that her photos were getting worse and that her confidence was eroding – I wonder why with such nice encouraging words? Rhiannon was told she was beautiful but her photos weren’t cutting it. Rhiannon went home which was a shame but she is only 16 and is looking forward to going home to Blenheim and being the town hottie.

My picks so far – I have managed to avoid all but one spoiler! – Rebecca Rose, Christobelle, Ajoh, Hosanna and Ruby. (Ok so they are my faves therefore my picks – my wee wishlist of winners. T-L sorry, you’re out. Oh wrong show…)

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep4

Again I am posting late – had to commission Mr Pigalina to get some screen-shots for me. (Thanks Mr Pigalina xoxox – “Make my hair blonder” he was heard to mimic. “Have a cry”. “Oh she looks a million times better”. I think he secretly enjoyed his task). Soooo, by request this post features pictures! Woot!
This week was makeovers in case you couldn’t tell from the commentary above. Makeover week is always fun and there were tears and grumpy faces as huge fat fringes were demolished, hair shorn off against cultural norms and hair lightened to look “grey”. Fair enough for Ajoh – she said that in her culture girls only shave their heads when something bad has happened such as a death in the family. She does look good now though, thanks to her eyes. Lucy bawled her eyes out – seriously – but she looks way better as you will see below (her sister Olivia said “I reckon it looks amazing. I don’t know what the fricking drama was about.” Exactly). Hosanna asked the hairstylist what kind of look he thought she had. He replied “Mediterranean” and she asked if that was near South America, he just chuckled and replied yes. Tee Hee! Teryl-Leigh moaned about her hair being orange and had nothing positive to say about the colour which is actually a chestnutty brown. (She also has it in for Hosanna – making snide little comments about her. I hope she stops the moaning because she started out as one of my favourites.) Christobelle was annoyed because she thought she looked better before. She looks the same to me. There were no weaves for the kiwi girls so no 8 hour stints unlike on ANTM.
Below are before and after photos of each girl (click to enlarge):
LauraVictoriaRubyLucyRhiannonRebecca RoseOliviaHosannaChristobelleTeryl-Leigh
All the girls insist that they have put on weight in the house, not that you can tell. Hosanna insists she has put on 4kgs! To help combat this Ruby ran a jazzercise class including undies over tights and big t-shirts for all involved. Exercise equipment was also delivered much to their delight.

The first challenge was to wear ugly clothes while walking and posing on the moving walkway at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (an indoor aquarium). Sorry no photos but just picture wide square shoulders, icky tapered pants all baggy at the thigh circa 1985 and Ajoh looked like she was wearing a sheet with a hole cut in it, knotted in the middle. (Some were ok but most of them…) Teryl-Leigh commited a faux pas by admitting she hadn’t really seen the outfit she was wearing. Laura commented that her outfit was comfy. Apparently you can’t do that. Clothes must only be described as glamourous and sexy. Tell that to my “lady day” undies. Christobelle won the challenge and got a $1000 wardrobe from Max.

The photo challenge was a headshot where each girl had their faces painted to look like tropical fish – bright colours, sequins etc. Except Ruby who just got blacked up – no sequins, no other colour – the make-up artist must have been over it by the time Ruby got in the chair.

Colin toned it down hair-wise this week. I really like him, he is one of the best things about the show. He is pleasant and amusing, yay for Colin.
There are 4 girls whose names escaped me while naming the photos – they are Rhiannon, Christobelle, Laura and Victoria – they need to step up their games! I should remember Christobelle after her win at Kelly Tarlton’s this week but we shall see. At panel Hosanna was praised and told that her pratice had paid off. Teryl-Leigh was told she is getting lazy. Ruby’s photo came out really well, the simplicity of the single colour was what made it so good – no feathery eyelashes and beaded eyebrows to distract. Sara seems to have the over-riding say in who stays and who goes now that I watch the episode back (“You’re the boss” “Yes I am” could be the biggest hint). Colin and the photographer both loved and hated the same photos and Sara would often disagree. It was one of these photos that she alone disliked that sent today’s girl home.
Rebecca Rose was called first and told that she was the best this week. Olivia and Teryl-Leigh were in the bottom two with Olivia sent home – Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Her departure was even mentioned in the Otago Daily Times – Dunedin’s daily news. Only one Dunedinite left to cheer on now, though it may take me a while to get over the hair meltdown, sorry Lucy.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep3

(Was whooping it up at Kings of Leon all weekend – therefore posting late. It was great fun, thanks for asking).
I had a client at work excitedly tell me that Lucy works in Filter in Dunedin. I am not sure if this is true, or even where Filter is (as my clothes are strictly second-hand or super-on-sale-bargains) but I shall be keeping my eye out from now on.
This week they all seem to be getting on a lot better and like Hosanna now.  Ajoh had a mini-meltdown after Teryl-Leigh got a little annoyed with her about shower times. To be fair to T-L, 5 minutes is not very long.
Colin’s hair was extra coiffed today and his guy-liner out of control. They had to do a hip-hop lesson with Urban Beat. It was pretty disasterous. Colin commented that they looked like spaghetti that had been pulled out of a packet and dropped onto a plate. Sarah had a sulk saying “there’s no point” in her learning the dance as she would never get it. Colin tried to talk her around, to try and pick up a couple of moves but she just shook her head and said “No.” The next day, when Ruby asked if she was going to do the challenge she replied “probably not” without even knowing what it was. The challenge it turned out, was to strut to a platform and then strike a hip-hop pose. I wonder who would be the least prepared?
Colin’s hair was even more outrageous at the challenge – swept into some kind of quiffed mullet accompanied by some face paint and a hideous waistcoat. Angela Dunn was the guest judge, apparently also a supermodel. (When trying to find out info about her I found – don’t be fooled – it is another’s Angela Dunn’s sketch journal. There is also a blog but that is not her either. This flame haired “super”model is 42 and a personal shopper based in London – at least she was in 2004).
The girls got glammed up in 80s gear with Olivia volunteering to wear an eye patch. They all did a pretty good job – though Ajoh did a booty wiggle that Colin did not approve of. Seems we may have all been a little premature mocking Sarah as she was in the top 3 for the challenge. Teryl-Leigh was the winner (again) and won a flight for two anywhere in NZ.

The photo challenge was at Snow Planet which is an indoor ski field located in the scorching North Island so that they can have a taste of the chilly South.  For Ajoh it was her first time in snow – “I couldn’t feel my feet or my body…feel like I’m gonna die or something.  We don’t have snow in Africa”.  The poor girl cried she was so cold.  I don’t think she will be buying a season pass.   It was quite amusing to see them tottering about in the snow wearing heels.  The girls were given free reign to pose however they wanted and to “interpret” the space. Mostly it was pouting at the camera.    Victoria managed to pose on one leg, in snow, in huge stilletos.   The photographer and observers were rugged up in jackets, gloves, scarves and hats – the girls fared not so well.  Rhiannon looked fabulous but poor Hosanna was dressed like a poodle haired Scotsman – nice tam o’shanter.   Sarah got a headache and lay in the bus refusing to go in to Snow Planet.  She told Teryl-Leigh that she didn’t want to be a model.  Teryl-Leigh asked if she was just giving up and Sarah replied that it “wouldn’t be giving up”.   When she did venture in she sat in the observation lounge.  She later commented that she was just homesick – missing her daughter.

What the eff was Colin doing with his hair at panel?  He’d affed it up and looked like Brian May’s lovechild.  Ruby was told that she had the worst attitude having commented that 2 minutes wasn’t very long for a photo shoot. (I agree with Ruby yet they made such a big deal out of it – they gots to get the drama from somewhere I suppose).   Olivia was told to go back to the group and to walk back to the panel again a “bit lighter… like a model”.  She didn’t exactly clump like she had a club foot.  Olivia was boring, Ajoh terrible, Rhiannon cheesy.   Sarah told the panel why she didn’t do the photoshoot.  They praised her saying she was so good and had come through so much in her past.  Colin told the panel that Sarah could win the competition and that they had to have faith in that.  They all agreed that she had the potential but was unreliable.

Christobelle was called first and Sarah and Olivia were in the bottom two.  Sarah was rightly sent home and she didn’t seem too fussed about it.

It’s make-overs next week and it looks like there are lots of tears.  I can’t get a hairdresser to extreme make-over me no matter how often I ask or who I try.  “Oooh how about some layers?”  Oh, same as last time?  Cheers.  (I think they are scared that if they gave me a blonde bob I would sue them).  The girls should be happy that they not only get to try something new but that it is free too.  Hair grows back you fools.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep2

May I say that our theme tune rocks compared to “Wanna be on top?” that ANTM has been trying to re-jig each season. It’s by Auckland duo The Fanatics and is appropriately called “Models”.

This week they moved into the house. Nothing to write home about – looks like mine with its big pool, spa, massive rooms, great views, security gate and … stripper pole. (Anyone want to buy a house in South Dunedin by the way?)

It was then on to the first activity – posing in a wind tunnel. Ajoh and Sarah took that out. Sarah it seems has experience from modelling in the prestigious Woman’s Weekly. I am suprised Colin went near anything that would mess up his hair.

For the challenge they had to choose an outfit that was “you” “fashion” and “fashion forward”. Hard to pick an outfit that shows your own personal style from one chain store that sells what I would term trendy office wear. It was rude of them to judge Lucy and Olivia jointly as they are sisters, and also to question them on who was best. Everyone else got treated as an individual (they made Lucy cry too 😦 ). Teryl-Leigh won the challenge and got to model some woolens for an upcoming campaign. She chose Ajoh and Sarah to be in it with her – we can look out for it in Max stores.

Hosanna is annoying everyone again – practising her poses. Last week it was for practising her walk. What a terrible crime. Being in a competition and practising so you have a better shot. Tut tut.
Ruby got told to lose some weight, big fat size 8 or (shock) 10 that she is. Colin commented that she was phat and I agree. Rebecca Rose could do with a bit more weight. She reminds me of a Peppermint Rose (appropriate name) doll my little sister used to have.

The photoshoot was posing with old war planes as heroic aviatirxisiss inspired by Jean Batten. The photos all looked fantastic and didn’t look budget as I had been expecting the whole show to be. (I am pleasantly suprised at the quality of the entire show production-wise actually). Anyway, at elimination Tiffany got told that she had worked the plane like a pole and that her photo was ugly. She was naturally upset and they carried on and made her cry too. (On that note – don’t put a stripper pole in the house if you don’t want to encourage such ways). Rhiannon the self confessed “dork” was told her photo was “awful. Awful, awful.”
Teryl-Leigh got called first; Hosanna and Tifanny were in the bottom two. Tiffany was eliminated seemingly “too young to listen”.

Looks like next week they are rocking 80s gear and having breakdowns – Can’t wait!
Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

P.S A lady at work who is 63 caught a glimpse of NZNTM last week and declared them all “a pack of skanks”. Tee hee.

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep1!

Nu Zild has finally go its own version of Top Model. When I heard about the auditions and that they were actually coming to Dunedin I was rather excited and planned on going along for a joke (and maybe, just a little, to try my luck). Imagine my horror when I found out that I was two years too old. I suppose it is just as well, office arse and a wine and sugar addiction would have seen me placed in the “plus size” category. There’s no way “the robot” would have been an acceptable dance for the Sexy Dancing Montage either.
So, I took my place on the sofa instead to watch the premiere episode. Even Mr Pigalina is keen to watch the series – though he may not be pleased I have told you.
One thing I did notice straight away is that it is a lot more polished than I had expected. It is 10 times more professional looking than the awful Britain’s Next top Model that was buried on TV3 at a Saturday lunchtime last year. Also the girls are a lot kinder to each other than in America’s Next Top Model. Only one girl was reduced to tears last night and others rushed to comfort her. On America’s Next Top Model they often get up in each other’s face screaming “hoochie” and “ghetto bitch” and almost come to blows. Time will tell however…
I must mention the judges – who are they?!
nzntm_judgesWhere’s Rachel Hunter? Where’s Kylie Bax? Or Nicky Watson? Who is the long haired Mr Jay-alike and who the heck is Sara Tetro? A quick Google search will reveal that lately she is a judge on New Zealand’s Next Top Model. I know I would prefer to be told I looked like a sausage bursting its skin and walked like a two legged dog if I knew the judge had any experience themselves. Anyway, shhhhh, lets not be mean and appreciate that we have some local ladies to cheer on.
I am naturally cheering for Olivia and Lucy, the sisters from Dunedin. Yayayayayay. (They need to lay off Olivia about her nose ring though, don’t make her a clone!) I also like Ajloh – long legs, good walk, looks lovely in white; and Teryl-Leigh – girl looks hot for a mum of two. (She should drop one of the names though). Rebecca Rose looks to be a strong contender, though she has experience.
May I say they were brave one and all for getting into the, no doubt, icy Lake Wakatipu in next to nothing.

I was sad to see Frankie and her awesome blonde afro out so early. It’s a shame that they got rid of someone so unique looking straight away. Shame too about Tori and her “big bangers” as Gok Wan would say. Everyone else is a little ironing-boardish and she seemed quite fun and cheerful.
Poor Jordanna from Timmers and her terrible walk. She walks like I do if I suddenly think people are watching me, all awkward – she did alright for her first time in heels though and didn’t lose a shoe – unlike someone else.
Looks like Hosanna is being lined up to be “the bitch” – she’s just dedicated.

Interesting to see not a hint of “plus size” in Zild’s Next Top Model.

The final 13 are: Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna.
I’m looking forward to crossing a name off each week and seeing who will be New Zealand’s Next Top Model. Word.