These episode titles are starting to be a little meh for me. And in case this title made you think you could expect some seriously unconventional stuff, think again. It’s really not that unconventional at all.
Ashley Graham shows up to the house to talk about unconventional beauty and how it’s a great time in the modeling industry because it’s finally embracing all body types, skin colors, etc. She asks the models how their beauty is unconventional. Jeana talks about her baldness and being a voice for anyone with hair loss. Coura talks about how she’s struggled with appearing too masculine. Rio had some body issues and remembers that she was not recognized as “pretty.” Sandra is like, I’m really pretty so idk what to say. *shrug*
Time for a special guest!
Big-time beauty vlogger Patrick Starr arrives. He tells them this week’s challenge: The models will make a beauty vlog alongside Patrick Starr using unconventional items as beauty tools. Teams of two (and one team of three) will compete for the chance to have their vlog featured on Starr’s channel. There will be an individual winner who gets a “special advantage” in the upcoming photoshoot. Every team only gets one take. Aaaaaaand go!
Jeana and Kyla’s beauty hack is the “chicken cutlet blender.” No, thank god, this is not a real chicken cutlet. It’s the little bra pad things that look like raw chicken. This actually seems like it could be a good blender. They do a fine job, but nothing stands out to me.
Christina and Rio’s unconventional item is tape, which they use to contour. Rio is good and Christina is boring af. She’s talking suuuuuuper slowly, and everyone is metaphorically checking their watches.
Sandra and Shanice were given condoms, which they’re going to use as makeup blenders. Shanice calls herself Shanasty for this video, and it works. This chick is really funny and I want to see more of her. She makes a bunch of condom jokes and Sandra does a straightforward beauty tutorial. She’s good at this because apparently she does these on YouTube already. They were nice foils for one another, but I prefer Shanasty’s way of doing things.
Liberty and Erin get hard boiled eggs, which – surprise! – they ‘re going to use as makeup blenders. Erin’s trying a little too hard because she’s insecure about her age in a challenge that seems to lend itself to a younger generation of social media users.
Khrystyana, Brendi K. and Coura have a razor and shaving cream (which, by the way, are NOT unconventional beauty items), and they shave each other’s faces while talking about how well razors exfoliate your facial skin. They’re adorable and goofy and get shaving cream everywhere.
Rio really wants to win this one because her younger sister LOVES Patrick Starr. But the win goes to Sandra instead. Rio is pissed and gets a little nasty in stuff she’s saying about Sandra to camera and to other models. This nastiness sticks with her throughout the evening.
The models go out to dinner, and they’re hella excited to eat “real food” (Right, like they can’t get any real food in that multimillion dollar house they’re living in?). There’s so much tension between everyone. It’s weird. They do a toast to Rio’s sister who graduated from high school that day. Then Rio spirals. She starts talking about how she should have won.
She practically yells, “Sandra you remind me so much of every single girl I went to high school with” who she had to compete with and didn’t “win” as much because the other girls were prettier than her. Sandra is taking it pretty well and tries to calmly remind Rio that she cannot personally do anything about this for her. Rio’s essentially taking out a personal vendetta on Sandra and it’s pretty shitty because it actually has nothing to do with Sandra at all. Which sucks because I really like Rio generally.
Let’s get to the damn photo shoot already.
Drew comes to the house and tells the models they are making a “beauty sandwich” in groups of three for their photo shoot.
Sandra’s challenge reward is that she gets to pose with Ashley Graham and will get direction from Ashley during the shoot. And she gets to pick the third person in their photo. She picks Kyla, who was not her partner for the beauty vlog. Shanice is annoyed, and rightfully so.
So this is a beauty shoot, which means it’s going to be all about their faces. In fact, faces are really all you’ll see in these photos. This is where the “unconventional” thread doesn’t really go as far as you’d expect it to. These are all pretty straightforward beauty shots.
Up first: Coura, Rio and Jeana. Coura struggles some. Drew says he’s not getting much from her eyes. Jeana and Rio seem to be doing well. Khrystyana, Liberty and Brendi K. all seem to do well too, and their footage is rather uneventful.
Here’s where the drama starts. Erin, Shanice and Christina are up. Christina thinks she’s gonna do awesome because she’s modeled before. Not a good enough reason, man. Christina “smushes” Erin’s face the whole time. Shanice gets good feedback but says she thinks Christina is purposely trying to make them look bad.
Sandra, Kyla and Ashley Graham are up. Rio’s still bitter and won’t even watch them. Calm down, girl. She does seem to have a sweet relationship with Jeana, who talks her through this rough patch. Of course, Ashley’s direction helped Sandra and Kyla quite a bit. It’s clear from Drew’s feedback that it goes well.
Tyra Selfie Mail awaits the models at the house – panel is coming up!
Christina thinks she’s at a disadvantage going into panel because she feels that Shanice and Erin aren’t great models. She has zero self-awareness that she is the issue. I smell a rude awakening on the horizon…
Drew says Rio crushed it and that she was perfect and easy to work with. Tyra says she’s holding down the picture and then calls Coura a hot mess. She says that Jeana looked beautiful but Rio just showed everyone up.
When the panel asks what kind of sandwich this team was, Shanice says they’re a baconator. I’m really starting to love her. Tyra says Shanice killed it. Law says Shanice looks stunning. They tell her she’s the only pretty part of the photo. Tyra says she doesn’t even see Christina there. LOL.
When the panel asks what happened, Shanice tells them Christina was smushing everyone. Panel seems to agree, despite Christina immediately blaming everyone else. The tell her she isn’t a team player, which is clearly true.
Ashley says Khrystyana looks amazing. Brendi is told her eyes also look amazing. Ashley thinks Liberty looks great too, but Law disagrees and says she’s “cotton candy.” Tyra says Liberty looks like a catalog model.
They all fangirl over Ashley. Law says, “Well Holy ménage-a-trois, Batman!” Law says Kyla is stunning and perfection. Drew says this is Sandra’s best photo so far in the competition. All of the panel is drooling over it. Tyra made up a word, fierceation. It was about time she coined a new term this cycle.
Best photo: Rio! (It’s great, but this is honestly surprising because I was CERTAIN it would be Sandra and Kyla first and second after all that praise.)
Runner up best photo: Khrystyana
Erin (Tyra says, “Next time, tell bitches to back the hell up and give you your space.” DAMN, TYRA.)
BOTTOM TWO: Coura and Christina. Again, even though it’s Coura’s second time here, it seems like Christina is prime time to go home.
Coura – Tyra says she started strong but has gotten weaker each week.
Christina – She’s experienced, but the judges wonder if she can do a beauty shot.
Tyra: “Who stays? The newbie alien or experienced high-fashion girl?”
The girl. Who is still in the running. Toward becoming. America’s. Next. Top. Model. Is.
Holy shit. Coura’s leaving. Everyone looks stunned. Tyra tells her to study pictures because being beautiful isn’t enough. This one actually surprised me. But let’s face it, Christina is on her way out the door…
Yours in #nextlevelfierceness,
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