Sandra the fifth girl eliminated from 'America's Next Top Model'
By John Bracchitta, 04/02/2009
Sandra, a 19-year-old student from Rockville, MD, was revealed to be the fifth runway wannabe eliminated from America's Next Top Model's twelfth season during last night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'm pissed off, I'm mad, I'm... ugh," Sandra said following her elimination. "I do not deserve to go home. I'm the best out of all the other girls so they're crazy to send me home because I have so much potential, so much personality and I look like a model. I'm not going to stop, I'm no gonna stop modeling. It's something that will always be with me forever."
America's Next Top Model's fifth twelfth-season episode began with the nine remaining girls returning to their townhouse following both the elimination of Kortnie Coles. The judges panel also had featured a confrontation with America's Next Model judge and host Tyra Banks by Celia, a 25-year-old designer in fashion sales from Cynthiana, KY, regarding her knowledge that Tahlia, an 18-year-old student from Phoenix, AZ, had wanted to quit the competition.
Back at the townhouse, Tahlia vented that she had not been pleased by Celia's outburst.
"I'm so angry and I'm so hurt because what happened at panel today was so backstabbing," Tahlia said.
However, Celia stood by her decision to call out Tahlia.
"I didn't feel that [Tahlia] was going to get eliminated wanting this so bad while Tahlia didn't even wanna be there," said Celia "I do not regret what I did, absolutely not, and if I'm to be sent home then so be it."
Discussion regarding Celia's confrontation quickly became widespread throughout the townhouse, with Teyona, a 20-year-old loss prevention representative from Woodstown, NJ, and Aminat, a 21-year-old student from Union, NJ, confronting Celia, who was flanked by Allison, a 20-year-old artist from New Orleans, LA.
The arguments seemed to solve nothing among the girls, with Tahlia eventually walking off in disgust.
"Y'all put a new meaning to bitches and back stabbers," she screamed. "That is so real."
After receiving Tyra Mail the following day, the girls traveled to meet photo shoot director Jay Manuel, who told them that they would be working on their facial expressions during their poses. After being joined by model Beth Stern and initially receiving tips from she and Jay as they practiced their facial expressions in a mirror, the girls then took part in their reward challenge for the round.
One by one, each girl was told to stick their face through one of three enlarged modeling pictures of Tyra with her face cut out and attempt to reflect the proper emotion with their faces to fit the picture.
Sandra continued to disappoint with her facial expressions, failing to impress Beth and leading Jay to wonder how much longer she would be able to remain in the competition.
"Sandra's actually been falling out of this competition, she's been fading into the background," Jay said.
While most of the girls struggled with the challenge and were not able to express the picture's emotions appropriately with their faces, both Natalie, a 19-year-old student from Palos Verdes, CA and London, an 18-year-old student from Arlington, TX, impressed Beth and Jay with their performances.
After gathering the girls following the challenge, Beth announced that Natalie had performed the best and had won the challenge.
"Natalie nailed this competition," Beth said glowingly. "She studied the picture, she showed what she was gonna do and I feel she nailed it."
As her prize for the victory, Natalie won 50% more frames than all the other girls at their upcoming photo shoot.
The girls then returned to their townhouse and learned that they would be taking part in their next photo shoot the following day. However, prior to the shoot, Celia and Tahlia met together in one of the townhouse's hallways to settle their disagreement.
"I was humiliated in front of all of the judges... all of the girls here," Tahlia told her.
"What that was wasn't meant to hurt you. What that was was just for Tyra to know what was going on," Celia responded.
"There's other ways to do it though," Tahlia said back.
Celia eventually apologized for humiliating Tahlia and said that it was "not [her] intention." She added that she was also aware that Tyra was mad about the outburst and that she was "100% sure" she was getting eliminated.
The following day the girls traveled and met with Jay and photographer Keith Major at their photo shoot location. For the shoot, Jay explained that each girl would have a different color powder "splashed" across their face and then shot in close up shot as they attempted to "emote that color" with their facial expressions.
Fo, a 19-year-old student from Albuquerque, NM, was splashed with red across the face and chest and impressed Jay with her beauty during the shoot.
"This is really pretty. It's fabulous," Jay exclaimed.
Sandra went into her shoot planning on using her eyes to express an "angel-like, peaceful" look with the white powder brushed across her face and felt "confident" that she would have the best picture of the shoot. However, Jay reacted with noticeable surprise after learning of what Sandra was trying to express during her shoot.
Well aware that she may be on the chopping block, Celia entered the shoot knowing that she "needed to 'Wow' Jay" if she wanted to impress the judges and avoid elimination. With gray powder across her face, Jay was impressed with how Celia posed with her face, saying it was the 'most relaxed she's looked during any of the photo shoots."
"This is good for you. This is the best you did, facial expression-wise, all week," Jay told her
"We'll see how panel goes, but at this moment I feel pretty confident that I'll stay in this competition.," Celia said after her shoot.
After returning to the townhouse, the girls wondered what their fate would be as they prepared to meet with the judges the following day.
"I just hope I do not get eliminated. I feel like I have done good in the past few photo shoots, and I am confident in myself because I worked really hard to be here," Sandra said.
"Tomorrow had been the closest to where I've thought that I might go, for obvious reasons," Celia worried before the meeting with the judges.
The contestants then met with Tyra and fellow judges J "Miss J" Alexander, Nigel Barker, Paulina Porizkova and Keith, who served as a guest judge.
For Celia's picture, the judges were not overly critical as Tyra complimented her ability to embody the color.
"I think you really embodied gray, because gray is practical, it's conservative, it's maturity, it's wisdom. And I think you did have that in this picture," Tyra told her.
Keith added that he "had fun" shooting her and wanted to take more pictures, something Paulina said was "always a good sign." Miss J added that she liked the way Celia had posed her neck.
The judges were not as impressed with Sandra's photo, which Tyra muttered was a "straight-on shot." Nigel complimented her skin in the photo, but said that the shot wasn't "powerful" enough for him.
"It's not fashion, it's not beauty, it's just there, just 'Hey, this picture of me' with the look in the eyes. It's too present almost, and not in the right way," Nigel added.
Tyra said that while Sandra had been able to take beautiful profile shots, that she needed to expand her range and find a way to turn to the camera and still look good, an idea that Paulina echoed moments later.
Conversely, the judges couldn't get enough of Fo's shot.
"This picture is fire, it's desire, it is lust, it is hot," Tyra said excitedly.
Following the judges' deliberation, Tyra revealed that Fo had taken the best photo and would have her shot displayed as digital art in the girls' townhouse. She then proceeded to reveal that Teyona, Tahlia, Aminat, Allison, Natalie, and London were still in the running to be America's Next Top Model's next winner and that Sandra or Celia, who were in the bottom two, would be eliminated from the competition.
"So we have the two short haired blondes standing in front of me. We have that in common, but everything else is so different," Tyra told both girls before first addressing Sandra.
"Lovely girl, beautiful pictures, but every single week they're to the side. So this week one of the judges insisted that you have a shot that was straight on, but that was not your strength. So the question is, can you get your head around a straight shot, not a profile... or are you just a one look model."
"And then we have Celia," Tyra continued. "Gorgeous pictured from week to week to week, and some of the strongest personal style in this competition. But what he judges saw last week was one of the most non-beautiful things that they have ever seen in the history of America's Next Top Model. Girls have quit, but it was at their own will, and you threw somebody under the bus."
"So who stays?" Tyra asked, before revealing that Celia would remain in the competition while Sandra had been eliminated.