'Top Model: British Invasion' cuts Eboni Davis and Alisha White
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/10/2012
Top Model eliminated two girls during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW, but one of them chose to leave on her own.
Eboni Davis, a 5' 9" 18-year-old from Seattle, WA, and Alisha White, a 20-year-old from South London, England, became the tenth and eleventh girls ousted from America's Next Top Model: British Invasion. Top Model's judges eliminated Eboni for not producing great photos week to week, while Alisha chose to quit the show immediately following Tyra Banks' announcement that she had survived the bottom-two cut because she had "lost her spirit."
"My journey here on Top Model has been a lot more lows than highs when it comes to panel, which is unfortunate because America never got to see the person who I know is inside of me," Eboni said following her ouster from the reality franchise's eighteenth edition in which seven amateur American hopefuls battle seven all-stars and former Britain's Next Top Model contestants for the grand prize.
"I don't know if I'll stick to my brand and always be '30-Never,' but I think it's important to keep in mind all the advice Tyra has tried to instill in me along the way."
"Britain's Next Top Model was hard, but this is harder and I don't want to forget myself. Every time I see those pictures come up, I can't relate to it. I just feel like it's not me. I'm there but I'm not there. I'm pretending to be happy but I'm not, and I tried to be strong, but I physically don't feel strong. It's just too much. Like my mom said, 'If you feel like you lost your spirit, then you come home.' And I have, and I want to go home," Alisha said after leaving the competition.
Alisha, one of the three remaining British models, and Eboni, one of the two American girls left in the competition, were eliminated from the tenth episode of America's Next Top Model: British Invasion after Top Model's judges reviewed the photos the season's remaining five finalists had taken at their tenth photo shoot challenge of the season, which required them to pose onto the Macau Tower, a 764-foot tall building which is the home of the tallest bungee jump in the world, while strapped into a harness and posing for fashion photographer and judge Nigel Barker.
Both Alisha and Eboni ended up in the bottom two after they failed to impress photo shoot director Jay Manuel and came out with less-than-stellar photos compared to the rest of the girls.
When the girls arrived for the eighteenth season's tenth elimination panel and were met by Top Model judges Tyra, Nigel, and Kelly Cutrone, as well as guest judge Nicholas Tse -- who is a pop star and actor that selected Laura the winner of a fight-scene challenge which took place earlier in the episode, offering her the chance to come back to Hong Kong for his music video -- Alisha and Eboni's photos were critiqued, and Alisha went first.
"It's kind of an odd pose and we went with this because it was the most editorial. I think you did a good job. Could you have done better? I believe so," Nigel told her.
"This picture to me looks like you were on the way to church on a Sunday morning about 50 or 60 years ago. 'Whoa child! It's windy up in here! Ooh, It's windy up in here!' That's what I see and it's actually quite interesting. If you would have just given me a little more swan neck, this would have been high fashion Sunday," Tyra explained.
"It's not my favorite photo of you. You look like a supermodel, you look like a hot girl -- it doesn't come through in your photos yet for me and I'm getting concerned," Kelly added.
Eboni's photo was then reviewed.
"You weren't scared at all. You were confident, and because you were so confident, this was an opportunity for you to really rock it. And there were so many of your shots I went through where the body language was good but the face wasn't," Nigel said.
"I don't love the shot. It's like the Leaning Tower of Pisa meets the candy store thing. And with the proportion of your head piece to your arm, it really takes the pose and moves it all the way over. It's really hard for me to get the concept of the proportion of your dress," Kelly explained.
"To me, that's a very gutsy pose to pull off with such heights," Nicholas added.
"I think the pose is good but I would've like to see a little bit more tension with it. But when I look at your face in pictures, you don't seem to understand your angles. I can't be photographed from every angle and I've had to learn what works for my face. I can't do a profile," Tyra said.
"I don't think my profile's that strong, so I have to pretend. I cheat... I do certain things and you have to learn that, because what happens is, you don't look like a model to me in your face and it's not because you can't do it."
After panel critiques and the judges had time to deliberate on the girls' photos in private, Tyra and the judges called the girls back in. Tyra then revealed the models in order of the best photo to the worst of the week.
Laura received the first call-out. Following Laura, Tyra then revealed Sophie and Annaliese -- leaving Eboni and Alisha in the bottom two.
Laura was the other American model besides Eboni, while Sophie and Annaliese were Alisha's fellow Brits.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"Both of you share some of the highest potential in this competition. From week to week, the judges look at you Eboni, and they look at you Alisha and go, 'Whoa. Amazing. These girls walk into a room and excite.' But then, I utter a couple of words which are, 'Let's see your best shot.' And the judges are disappointed from week to week to week," Tyra explained.
Tyra then revealed Alisha's photo, resulting in Eboni's elimination.
However, Alisha refused to accept Tyra's offer to resume competing, because she felt like she didn't have it in her anymore to continue and she believed it was her time to go home as well.
"I can't stay," Alisha said.
"You can't stay?" Tyra asked.
"I can't be selfish when I know I need to do things for myself. I can't do it. I'm not going to take it away from them and I'm not going to take it from [Eboni]. So I would rather walk away to get my spirit back and to just feel like Alisha again. I'm not being ungrateful..." Alisha explained in streaming tears.
"I don't see it as being ungrateful. There's no wrong in you walking away, so you can leave, but Eboni is leaving with you," Tyra noted.
Alisha and Eboni then said their goodbyes and walked out of panel together.