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America’s Next Top Model Recap: Diane von Furstenberg

September 15, 2010

Cycle 15, Episode 2

‘You wanna be on TOP?!’  For anyone who has watched America’s Next Top Model in the last few years, this has been how a seductive Tyra welcomed us in the show’s opening credits.  This season, for those who tuned in for Cycle 15′s premiere, the show has a different angle based on taking fabulous to a higher, “elevated” level.  New prizes, 14 brand-new wanna-be models, and new judges–one of whom is introduced in this episode, will grace our television screens every Wednesday.  “High stakes…and high fashion” is this season’s motto…will the show deliver?

It’s Episode 2 of Cycle 15, baby!  We’ve seen dangerous catwalks on ANTM before — remember the cycle where models walked precariously over water on shaky tiles, or the last cycle, where models narrowly avoided swaying pendulums?  This season promised a catwalk four stories high, where the girls are attached to a wire harness.   According to this show’s producers, danger and modeling is a formula for good TV.

Here comes the episode. The models’ house is in Venice right on the beach, which I LOVE since I live in Los Angeles; makes me jealous because the beach by Santa Monica has such great ocean views.  The girls immediately participate in a runway performance at the Highland Center. The girls’ performances reflect terror, amateurism, and overconfidence. Only a few models stand out to Jay and Miss Jay, including Sara and Kayla.  Lexie looked just like a Duff sister.  Sara looked the most professional, looking like a blonde Glamazon in a colorful dress with flowing sleeves. Jane, who I’ve been rooting for, looked cute but did not stand out.

This is a runway challenge, right?  Nope.  This part went by so fast that I could only catch the fleeting images on the screen.  Because there are so many competitors, it can be hard to see much of each model until the numbers get whittled down.  Similarly, the photo shoot is also a whirlwind of models in black bathing suits and body paint with varying degrees of snob-ittude and confidence.

The models with the most hard luck stories saw the most success in this episode — Kayla broke down about being gay but turned out a good photo.  Ann talked about being called a freak (and did act a little like a freak, in personal conversation with one of the other girls) but turned out the best photo.  It turns out there’s no sympathy for anorexic girls, though, since Anamarie gets shunned for her bony body and is exposed for the calorie-restricting narcissistic person she might be.  As pride cometh before the fall, I anticipated that Anamarie would be eliminated based on her Mean Girl attitude. In contrast, some girls are much nicer, like down-to-earth and well-spoken Lexie, who does great in the judging panel.

Tall girl Ann takes a great shot and I love it because I had little faith in her from the first episode.   Terra crumbled emotionally during the photoshoot, and can’t seem to come up with a good pose to save her life. She receives a poor critique from the judges.  Chris, Terra’s younger sister, does only slightly better.  Some models  (like Kendall) have great potential and excite the judges.  Kendall’s modeling potential impresses me too but I hope she has a downfall (like former runner-up Anya’s downfall, terrible commercial acting) so there’s more drama and competition in the future episodes.

What did you think of this week’s episode?  Are you freaked out that this week’s best picture winner lusts for sushi-making warlocks (warlocks?!)?  Who’s the nicest girl left, Chris, Terra, Rhianna, or Lexie?  Who has the most natural modeling potential, Kendall, Jane, or the more “alternative” girls?  Do you think a lesbian will win America’s Next Top Model (to me the winner’s sexual orientation doesn’t matter)!

Don’t get too attached to those pretty faces because next week is the makeover episode!



6 Responses to “ America’s Next Top Model Recap: Diane von Furstenberg ”

  1. Noreen on September 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Great article – didn’t catch the first two episodes, but now I know exactly what happened.

  2. Stephanie on September 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I totally feel the same way about Kendall! Nice overall summary of the episode.

  3. Sook on September 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I have not been able to watch the new season like Noreen but I am very much informed by this article and it makes me want to get back into watching ANTM. This article explains what my eyes don’t see but my mind wants to. Very impressive and well done Maya.

  4. Warren on September 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Very nice article from someone in tune with the show. I am now more curious and will watch. Nice job Maya.

  5. Shannon on September 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I finally got to catch the first two episodes on my DVR. I think they have done some good things this season.

    Tyra seems to have been more selective and there are not so many white trash/ghetto girls this season. I got really tired of hearing all the trash talk/cussing etc. These girls seem a little classier.

    AnaMarie was frightening skinny, and I say kudos for booting her. She was gorgeous, but jesus!

    I think this will be a good season.

  6. Maya on September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Noreen, Stephanie, Sook, and Warren — thank you for the comments! I appreciate it.

    I agree Shannon, that this season seems to have fewer immature girls. There are at least four girls who are 22 years old. Let me check my notes – Chelsea is 22, Kendal is 23, Terra is 24. Yeah, so I am expecting to see less hijinks and bickering in the house. We’ll see.

    I think this will be a good season too. I enjoy seeing the fashion icons, judges, and celebrities that randomly show up. Remember Tyson Beckford? Even Nigel Barker is pretty interesting (despite being ubiquitous). Speaking of Nigel, has he been missing? Maybe that’s why the show feels different.