'America's Next Top Model' ousts Erin Green and determines Season 24's Top 5 contestants
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/14/2018
America's Next Top Model eliminated Erin Green and determined Season 24's Top 5 finalists during Tuesday night's broadcast on VH1.
Erin, a 42-year-old from Riverside, CA, was ousted from the competition after the show's panel of judges determined she had the least impressive performance at the week's photo shoot.
"I'm very disappointed. I wanted to prove to myself and the world that I can be this supermodel," Erin said in her final words. "Being myself within this competition helped me to make it to the Top 6, but it was my time to go. And I cannot wait to see my kids! I just hope they're going to be proud of their mom."
Before letting Erin go, Tyra told the aspiring model to hold her head up high because she has inspired women across the globe, showing them age shouldn't affect one's dream of pursuing a modeling career.
In addition to Tyra, the panel is comprised of supermodel, entrepreneur, and body activist Ashley Graham; Chief Creative Officer of Paper magazine Drew Elliott; and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach.
Erin fell into the bottom two with Shanice Carroll, a 25-year-old from Murfreesboro, TN, who had upset Drew during a Paper magazine cover photo shoot because she complained about her hair and makeup multiple times when her job was simply to perform well.
Tyra told Shanice that although she has amazing potential and a sparkle inside of her that's so bright, she must act professionally at all times and realize she is "a baby" in the modeling industry who has not yet acquired the right to speak up and give an opinion during a job.
The Top Model episode kicked off with a challenge in which the remaining contestants had to meet with three designers, who were each looking to book one model for a runway show that night.
Law explained to the ladies that one person could book all three designers, or three different girls could eat book one.
After receiving some walking tips and advice from Law, the aspiring models were sent out into the real world in two groups of three.
Erin; Rio Summers, a 23-year-old from Detroit, MI; and Kyla Coleman, a 20-year-old from Lacey, WA, were in one group, while the other one featured Shanice; Khrystyana Kazakova, a 32-year-old from New York, NY; and Jeana Turner, a 24-year-old from Minneapolis, MN.
The girls auditioned for Chris Mena behind the brand Kunst.NYC, who wanted a cool and relaxed girl with attitude; Barbara Strasmore behind Band of Gypsies, who wanted a strong but feminine model; and fashion designer Maggie Barry, who has worked with "edgy and unique" women such as Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
Jeana impressed all three designers with her walk, but they all seemed to agree she was either too short or too tiny to walk the runway.
Rio therefore booked two of the designers for the runway show, and while she also stood out for Band of Gypsies, Kyla booked that one. For winning the challenge, Rio and Kyla also got to keep one look for each designer they were going to walk for.
It then became time for another photo shoot in which each girl had to undergo an individual transformation and pose for the cover of Paper magazine. The winner of America's Next Top Model's 24th season will have that particular cover published digitally.
Kyla was dolled up into a "cyber sexy beauty; Khrystyana was transformed into a "dark, slick and androgynous" model; Jeana was given a head piece and dark makeup to accentuate her "bald beauty;" Erin, was dressed up like a "90s hip-hop music video; Rio became a "50s dreamgirl;" and Shanice was prepared to be red-carpet ready with a wig and all.
Drew, however, didn't approve of Shanice's first look, so she was transformed all over again into what appeared to be a 70s disco girl. Shanice's attitude "really ticked off" Drew that day, so she had an idea she'd be in trouble at panel.
At panel, the judges critiqued each girl's photo, and then Tyra revealed that Rio had the best photo of the week -- not to mention she had booked two designers for the runway show. Tyra noted that Rio had "supermodel capabilities."
Khrystyana had the next-best photo, as Tyra said it had taken her breath away. The next girls deemed safe were Jeana followed by Kyla. The results left Erin and Shanice in the bottom two.