'America's Next Top Model' cuts Alexandria Everett, determines Top 3
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/05/2011
America's Next Top Model eliminated Alexandria Everett and determined its Top 3 finalists during Wednesday night's broadcast of the sixteenth season's tenth episode on The CW.
"I failed myself. I did my best. This is what I love to do. Maybe that's why I was controlling too much. I've had a lot of ups and downs in this competition, like I was being too controlling, but I feel like this is probably one of the best lessons that I've ever had. So, I'm just coming out of this with so much more knowledge and so much more experience. I can't wait to go use it," Alexandria said following her ouster.
Alexandria became the eleventh girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's sixteenth season after Top Model's judges reviewed the photos the season's four remaining finalists had taken at their ninth photo shoot challenge, which required them to pose within the environment of the Moroccan marketplace wearing designs by Daniella Issa Helayel.
Alexandria, an unemployed 21-year-old from Newport Beach, CA who currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA, ended up in the bottom two alongside Hannah Jones, a 20-year-old student from Houston, TX who currently resides in Austin, TX.
Alexandria and Hannah had both failed to impress Top Model fashion photo shoot director Jay Manuel and fashion photographer Friedemann Hauss during the photo shoot, which featured the girls attempting to immerse themselves into the local culture through their modeling.
"Hannah, when you're out here, it looks like you're getting a little lost. It's more of a real moment as opposed to this 'wafty' weird thing," Jay told her.
"You're looking very glazed the whole time. A deer in headlights... Hannah, different expressions, different moments. It's a little lost right now."
"The problem with Hannah is, I think she got a little lost. She started getting a little 'airy fairy,' and you kind of lost her features a little bit," Jay said after Hannah's photo shoot.
"She is pretty, but she does a little bit too much. She's a little bit posey," Friedemann added.
Jay told Hannah she looked like she had a giant question mark on her face, while Alexandria had the opposite problem. Alexandria struggled in that she tried to control her features and body too much, convinced she knew what would look good for her in a photo.
"With her lips, she's not relaxed," Friedemann told Jay off-camera.
"It's that thing she does all the time with her face," Jay responded.
"Be wary, don't do any effort with your face," Friedemann told Alexandria during her photo shoot.
"Don't lose your neck, Alexandria," Jay said.
"When Friedemann told me to relax my face, I lost the fun and control struck back. It showed on my face. In my heart, I gave it my all today," Alexandria explained following her photo shoot.
The next day the girls arrived for the sixteenth season's ninth elimination panel -- where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, and Andre Leon Talley as well as Daniella, who also served as a guest judge.
The judges first criticized Alexandria's photo during panel critiques.
"The clothes look wonderful. Alexandria, you look as though you lost your mind!" Andre Leon told her.
"In a good way or a bad way?" Tyra asked Andre Leon.
"In an interesting way. I'm trying to hook into the narrative," Andre Leon replied.
"Alexandria, I actually think you look very beautiful in this picture, although I wish you had done a little bit more with your body. I don't understand the story," Nigel told her.
"I think your eyes look very mysterious somehow and it looks very beautiful. I really like it," Daniella added.
"In order to do high fashion, you need to have an edge. You have to almost do the reverse. If you had actually looked a little bit more messed up, scruntled, collapsed, it would create that mystery," Nigel said.
Hannah's photo was then reviewed.
"Unusual. Interesting. I actually think the pose and the body language was perhaps the most editorial out of any of the pictures I've seen so far. I wish your face, though, had a different expression -- a different look -- I don't think you've worked your angles here," Nigel told Hannah.
"I disagree with you. I think she looks lovely to me... the dress looks great on her. I think you did very well. Congratulations," Daniella said.
"As wonderful as your dress is, as wonderful as your leg is, where are you going? So far, we have not had a 'wow' moment," Andre Leon noted.
"Hannah, fashion kind of likes extremes. You're kind of here nor there in this photo. Your face is neither angular or round, which makes it kind of just fall flat. You have to learn your face and make the decision, 'Am I going to show the roundness of my face? Am I going to show the angle? What am I going to do?'" Tyra explained.
Earlier in the episode, the girls met with runway coach Miss J. Alexander, who told them they would be meeting with a very important client. The models then sat down with Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, and showed her their portfolios.
Afterward, the four remaining girls met Noore Talbi, a professional dancer in Morocco who could balance trays on her head holding small cups of tea. The contestants then learned they would be doing the same in front of a live audience in costume with other professional dancers while incorporating small dance moves into their routine.
Miss J. asked them to keep their composure if their trays were to fall, and they also ended up having lit candles on their trays. Alexandria and Molly O'Connell, a 22-year-old student from Charleston, SC, dropped their trays. Brittani Kline, a 19-year-old student from Beech Creek, PA who currently resides in Howard, PA, ended up winning the task and got a private runway walking lesson with Miss J. himself.
Brittani was able to choose one girl to take with her on the lesson or opt to use the time solely for herself. She selected Hannah, because she felt Hannah wanted it the most and could use the most help with her walk. Both girls received their tutorial in a park and learned hints regarding the final runway show between the last two girls standing.
After panel critiques and the judges had time to deliberate on the contestants, Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best photo to the worst of the week. Molly received the first call-out. Following Molly, Tyra then revealed Brittani had also advanced to the competition's next round -- leaving Alexandria and Hannah in the bottom two.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition, as she told Alexandria and Hannah that although they both were blonde, they had very unique and interesting looks and personalities.
"Alexandria, you have too much control, holding onto the handle bars of control to where your photo this week didn't look high fashion. One of the judges said that you looked like a flight attendant," Tyra told her.
"Hannah, the complete opposite -- lacks control. Sometimes you get in your photos, and we don't know what Hannah's doing, and then Hannah's face doesn't know what it's doing either," Tyra explained.
Tyra then revealed Hannah's photo, resulting in Alexandria's elimination.
"Shake it out. Relax... You have to relax. Okay? I look at your film, especially this week, and it's this [tight mouth]. You don't have to do that. You have angles. Just let it be," Tyra told Alexandria.
"I will. Thank you so much," Alexandria said.
(Photo credit The CW)
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