The girls are woken up at 5 am and given thirty minutes to get dressed in the leotards that have been provided. Let the bitching begin. It starts with Lil Yan’s mom. The second they get to the circus warehouse, Lil Yan says this is going to be awesome because she is the most athletic person in the house. The shoot is for Guess! handbags. They most model the bag while doing an uncomfortable circus trick. Yes! Torture them I say! I suspect Lil Yan will be the first to cry. They will each be given a thirty minute lesson on their station. The moms are to sit back and observe. Or as Yolanda says, trust in the journey of her child. That word still makes me ill.
Mikaya shown first. She’s on a very high rope swing. She smiles through the whole thing and models like a champ. Breanna is on a rope ladder with a backpack. She does great! Yolanda gives her lots of praise. Poor Mackenzie literally just has a rope with no knots. This takes a lot of upper body strength. The instructor says it is very painful on the feet. She ends up doing well. Next up is Lil Yan and the silks. They want to take her hair out of a ponytail. Yolanda does it and brushes her hair and tells Lil Yan that she needs to come to jobs with clean hair. Lil Yan makes excuses. The end up braiding it into a pony tail because it is so stringy. Athena is up next on a giant ring. Athena was great. The photographer loves her and Yolanda tells him, “And she’s 13!” I think Yolanda really wants to work with Athena because she is one of the youngest and hasn’t gotten surly yet. This was just the lesson. Tomorrow is the next challenge.
The challenge is on a beach somewhere around NYC. Anyone recognize it? The girls are in jackets and the beach is empty so they are going to get a taste of what swimsuit models go through doing all those photos in the winter to be published in the spring magazines. They have a famous photographer, Jim Jordan, I’ve never heard of who will be trying to get one glamour headshot and one full length shot. They have full hair, makeup and wardrobe for the first time.
Athena went first. Jim and Yo were giving her all sorts of detailed instructions at once. By the end of the shoot, the photographer didn’t want to stop shooting her. That creeped me out a little. Breanna is next, Yolanda gives her about two seconds of instructions on leaping shots. She is not catching on quickly. But then she gets it. Mackenzie is next. Mackenzie struggles. Yolanda and the photographer were very supportive. It’s time for Lil Yan she’s wearing colored contacts and Yo wants her to take them out. She also tells her she wants her to go back to her natural colored hair. Fun fact: Bella Hadid is a natural blonde but she dyed her hair brown at a young age to look less like Gigi. Mikayla has the beach’s no swimming flag as a prop. She doesn’t have to jump or skip. She does great. Oh wait, she did jump and skip too. They do a group shot with the five of them at the end of the shoot with denim shirts over their swimsuit. Yolanda has them all line up and bare their shoulders while lined up very close to each other. Athena was at the front of the line and her mom thought the shot was a bit too grown up for Athena. Later they did more running on the beach as a group and she thought that was more age appropriate. I agree with her. The one shot is a bit “yacht girl catalog.”
Overall, Yolanda said she was pleased with all the girls this week. The photograph said both Mackenzie and Athena seemed a bit nervous. Yo said that Mackenzie is easily intimidated by the other girls and Athena is very close with her mother and not having her right there with her was new for her. Yolanda heard that Diana was”angry” about the way she was shooting her. That was an exaggeration. She was just a bit uncomfortable with one of the group shots. Yolanda is a bit irritated with Diana now. Seeing the photo Yolanda is looking at, I agree with her.
At the evaluations, Yolanda reverses what she said to the photographer and says some of them shined and some of them didn’t but that is all part of dis journey. She shares that her favorite photo was the group shot. Then she puts Diana in the hot seat. Diana says it wasn’t so much the photo but the artistic direction. I think the photographer may have been pulling the shirts off the shoulder. Diana and Yolanda have sort of a nice-nasty conversation in pleasant tones and Yolanda says that putting her thirteen year old in high heels was two sexy. She also says maybe you should take your kid back home and bring her back when she is seventeen. Wow. Diana gives Yolanda the death stare.
On to judging. Yo didn’t like Mackenzie’s leaping skills, but she loved her beauty shot. Breanna did great with leaping, and her beauty shot was nice. Of course we get the Yolanda leaping shot as the gold standard for girls to meet. She does tell Breanna that she is still short. She’s thirteen. She calls Athena a little shrimp. She is also thirteen. The photographer really likes her. Did I mention that enough? I think that is what Diana is picking up on this week. Of course Yolanda is making it all about her. Mikayla’s photos are gorgeous and she might win this week. But Yolanda tells her to work on exercises that make her longer and leaner. I understand what she is saying, Mikayla is the athletic one in the group and she wants to lengthen her lines. It still sounds like something that might make a girl become anorexic though. Lil Yan is next. I think Yolanda probably picked some of her worst photos because there had to be a better full length shot. The one she selected is awful. Or as Yolanda says “not up to your full potential.” Her head shot was lovely.
Lil Yan was on the bottom this week. I almost feel badly for her. Almost. Breanna and Mackenzie are in the middle. The top two were Athena and Mikayla. Athena won again this week and banked another $5,000. If I recall correctly Athena and Mikayla have won all three challenges.
Diana is happy that Athena won, but she is concerned she didn’t communicate her thoughts well with Yolanda. Meanwhile Lil Yan is bossing her mother around telling her to find her other picture because she doesn’t like either one that Yolanda chose. I wish they had shown the photo she liked, because I think Yolanda deliberately chose a bad photo for her because of her stank attitude. I have a feeling that the script calls for brown-haired, brown-eyed Lillian to win the next challenge.
Next Week: In the exact format of America’s Next Top Model, it’s makeover time. And Carrington finally joins the group. Did she have some other gig that conflicted with the schedule? Because a blond California beach model is a dime a dozen. Why are we waiting on this one? I suspect she is a ringer.