Isis King cut from 'America's Next Top Model' all-stars edition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/29/2011
Isis King, a 25-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's eleventh season, became the third girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'm really shocked. I think that I have a lot to offer. I feel like I have a presence. From here, I will continue to do my appearances. I will continue to do motivational speeches. Just like the first time, I leave here with a great impact on other girls and hopefully the world," Isis said following her ouster.
Isis was eliminated from the third episode of America's Next Top Model's seventeenth season after Top Model judges reviewed the photos the season's 12 remaining finalists had taken at their third photo shoot challenge, which required them to pose in pairs on stilts.
Isis ended up in the bottom two alongside Angelea Preston, a 25-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fourteenth season.
Top Model all-stars' third episode began with the finalists meeting reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, the thirteenth-season Dancing with the Stars contestant who also appeared on The Hills and Laguna Beach, and learning more about branding and becoming a star.
Afterward, they met with fashion photographer and judge Nigel Barker and were divided into two groups of six girls and told they'd be interviewed one team at a time by Extra host Mario Lopez. Nigel explained they'd be asked "tough questions," and the winning team would be safe from elimination at the subsequent judging panel.
Lisa D'Amato, a 30-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifth season, and Bianca Golden, a 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's ninth season, got to be team captains and pick the members they wanted to have on their teams because they had taken the two best photos during the previous week's hot dog photo shoot.
Lisa selected Alexandria Everett, a 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's sixteenth season; Isis; Angelea; Laura Kirkpatrick, a 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's thirteenth season; and Dominique Reighard, a 27-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's tenth season, to be on her team.
Bianca had opted to have Allison Harvard, a 23-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's twelfth season; Kayla Ferrel, a 20-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifteenth season; Camille McDonald, a 33-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's second season; Bre Scullark, a 26-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifth season; and Shannon Stewart, a 27-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's first season, on her team.
Bianca's team ended up doing better in the challenge and won immunity, while Allison did the best job overall and received the opportunity to come back and be interviewed alone by Extra.
The following day, the women met with Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel and fashion photographer Sarah Silver. They learned they would be modeling on stilts in pairs, in which one girl on the losing team (unsafe) from the Extra challenge would be paired up with one girl on the winning team (safe).
Isis and Camille were paired up with each other, while Allison and Angelea were a team. Both Isis and Angelea had failed to impress Jay and Sarah during the photo shoot
"Isis, I thought she was going to bring this kind of fun, funky energy to the shoot and she didn't," Jay said.
They felt Angelea just wasn't delivering what she was capable of doing.
"I'm not going to lie to you. You planting your butt on the wall isn't cute," Sarah told Angelea.
"You see how Allison's not afraid to go there? Where's that persistent girl? Where's that girl who will do anything? She'll sleep in a bus station. She will do anything to have this. Where is that girl," Jay asked her. "Take them down because that was painful."
The next day, the girls arrived for the seventeenth season's third elimination panel where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel, and Andre Leon Talley, as well as guest judge Kristin.
The judges first criticized Angelea's photo during panel critiques.
"I do feel that Allison looks stronger than you, Angelea," Andre told both girls.
Tyra added that Allison's pose, which featured an arched back, enabled her body to look more flattering in the photo than Angelea's.
Isis' photo was then reviewed.
"This is the first photograph where I haven't been blown away. It's very clubby," Nigel told Isis and her partner Camille.
"Isis, I would have liked to see your face a little bit more," Kristin said.
"I feel there are girls on stilts and there's one with silver leggings. I don't feel the challenge, which was so dramatic and dynamic and exciting. In this, [Camille], you win," Andre Leon added.
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 for both teams separately.
Allison received the first call-out on behalf of the winning team, and she was then followed by Bianca, Shannon, Bre, Kayla, and Camille. Sizing up the losing team, Tyra then revealed the photos of Alexandria, Lisa, Laura, and Dominique -- leaving Isis and Angelea in the bottom two.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition, and she noted that both girls did not have the two worst photos out of the bunch.
"Isis, your photo, not so great. From week to week, it seems to be less and less and less," Tyra told her.
"Angelea, your photo, not so great. The judges commend you for speaking up today about something that you were confused about, 'Do I do this or do I do that?'" Tyra said, referring to how Angelea didn't know whether to act professional or silly and outgoing during her Extra interview.
"The reason you stand before me is the judges are not confident that you know the difference and can make the balance. It is the number one thing that girls go home for -- not understanding how to take a note."
Tyra then revealed Angelea's photo, resulting in Isis' elimination.
"You gotta take this second platform that you've got and show the world that you're taking it to the next level. Your 15 minutes is not just going to be 15 minutes and it's over. You're going to carry it out," Tyra told Isis.