This week on Australia’s Next Top Model, high octane, fear facing for the win. [Warning: spoilers]
As if last week’s double elimination was not scary enough for these aspiring models, this week’s episode is fear-themed and, as expected the word “fearless” is dropped almost every fifteen seconds.
You see, the lesson this week, young, long-legged grasshoppers, is that being a model involves a great deal of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Models, and I mean, real, hardcore, supermodels, aren’t prefaced with “super” because it sounds sensational, they’re literally super-human. They pose with snakes, in odd and sometimes risky locations, they get snapped for a swimsuit issue in the middle of winter and their image is left to the mercy of photographers like Terry Richardson (ok, yeah, that was low blow…). Don’t even get us started on the high risk of ankle rolls..
The point is, this week, our remaining models learn what it’s like to be put out of their comfort zone, and, naturally, the results make for excellent viewing.
We open with the models frothing over a double rainbow (what does it MEAN?!). But it doesn’t take long until their cooing is interrupted by our host Jennifer Hawkins. “There can only be one top model.” She reminds the girls. And so this week, it’s all about the survival of the fittest, or rather, the “fearlessist”.
Mentor Didier Cohen throws the girls a bone by telling them that their challenge is a runway. Piece of cake, they think. LOL, TWIST! The runway is actually stories and stories high on Sydney’s iconic AMP building. The girls are to literally walk along the building, vertically. The client? Miss Shop. The winner of this challenge? The bravest of them all. The prize on the line? A Miss Shop Campaign and a $5000 shopping spree. Alex reminds us that she wants this so bad. We know, darl.
This challenge is real, you guys. It’s a face-down runway. Sure, doing a photoshoot with a snake around your neck is one thing, strutting facedown the AMP building… another. Lucy, the first model to take the plunge, tears up, and refuses to walk. Didier coaxesher to go and she does, though awkwardly, but sadly, not fearless enough. Next up is Alex.
Look, you’ve gotta give it to this girl, she wants this hard. And that’s why it’s hard to fault her, yeah she’s a total nutbag, but she’s working for it. Brittany also works for it, as does Jess and Lauren. Izi, we learn, is afraid of heights – but still, she struts like a champ.
The winner? Alex. And yeah, she deserved it. “The girls are probably a little jealous,” she says, raising her eyebrow with major ‘tude. “I would be.”
“This week is about showing courage under fire,” says Didier. The girls are at the Valvoline raceway. Race cars, motorbikes, burnouts, dirt and petrol fumes. Natch, Brittany is in her element. Photographer Richard Freeman, who is kinda hardcore, is shooting for Cosmopolitan– yes, this time, it’s a real, to-be-published shoot. The guest judge this episode is esteemed model Alexandra Agoston who tells the girls to “find strength within.” The girls are told that the motocross guys are jumping over them, the speedway dudes are burning out around them. Annnd the heat is on. Kenny Loggin’s, eat your heart out.
Lauren, Brittany, Jess, Izi and Jordon nail it; Alex, fuelled from being at the bottom last week, really really brings it. However, sweet 16-year-old Lucy struggles.
“You look slightly short in that picture.” Shizer. Alex Perry is still giving it to Alex again on her hobbit-y 5″8 stance and makes her stand up against Alexandra Agoston. Jordon’s shot scores a double page spread in Cosmopolitan, yet still doesn’t get a great score. As for sweet Lucy? Alex Perry says she’s ready to be Australia’s Next Top Catalogue Model (LOL), Jen says she’s unsue, yet still gives her an 8 because she sees “potential”… Erm, wasn’t the whole point of the new scoring system based solely on the photo in-front of them?!
Alex Perry gives everyone a five, because he’s “bored”.
The result? IT’S A TIE BETWEEN LUCY AND IZI. Please, please, please someone bring out David Bowie…
OK so there’s no walk off. Instead, the judges have to decide on who their favourite is. Which, note for next year, is freaking boring, Foxtel.
Going home this week? Izi.
Most dramatic moment:
Probably the scene involving a spider. Izi was pretty fearless in killing it.
“Dead in the Eyes”: 1
Alex Perry’s life lesson of the week:
“I’m facing my fear this week… it looks like I might be wrong.”