'Top Model: British Invasion' ousts British model Jasmia Robinson
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/01/2012
Top Model's American edition came to a quick end for British model Jasmia Robinson.
Robinson, a 5' 8 1/2" 24-year-old from London, England, became the first girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model: British Invasion during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'll miss the challenge and the excitement, also, not being able to finish my journey. I'm sad. I came here wanting to win. Do I have to answer any more questions?" Jasmia said in tears 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.
Jasmia, one of the British contestants, was eliminated from the premiere episode of America's Next Top Model: British Invasion after Top Model's judges reviewed the photos the season's 14 finalists had taken at their first photo shoot challenge, which required them to work in pairs -- one girl from the U.S. and one girl from the U.K. -- and each represent an iconic figure from their individual countries.
Jasmia ended up in the bottom two alongside fellow Brit contestant Ashley, a 5' 8" 22-year-old from Armadale, Scotland.
All the models worked with Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel during the photo shoot, which featured the girls shooting with 60 cameras at the same time to create an image captured in 3D. The models had to jump on trampolines and would be frozen in the photos mid-air as they had to portray figures ranging from Madonna and Elton John to Queen Elizabeth I and George Washington.
Jasmia, who portrayed John Lennon, and Ashley -- who took on the role of Princess Diana -- seemed to struggle the most with the challenge and getting into character.
The next day, the girls arrived for the eighteenth season's first elimination panel where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, and Kelly Cutrone, as well as guest judge Kelly Osbourne.
The judges first criticized Ashley's photo during panel critiques.
"When I look at Ashley, I don't think 'Princess Di.' Princess Diana was famous for tilting her head down and working her eyes to the left and the right. If you would have done that, it tells the story, 'Okay, that's Princess Diana and she's a model,'" Tyra told Ashley.
"Your face and your dress were so elegant but your positioning was so masculine that it kind of set everything off," Kelly O. added.
Jasmia's photo was then quickly reviewed.
"I'm not really crazy about [this] shot... Jasmia, I wouldn't know what magazine to put this in or where to put this as a publicist. If I got this in my office, I would say, 'What are we doing with this?'" Kelly C. said.
"I can't look past this as something that you would do at Universal Studios for fun," Kelly O. added.
"John Lennon is a lot more dreamy, I think. And I think this to me, is a little bit more Lenny Kravitz," Tyra explained.
Once the girls left the room, the judges deliberated on who deserved to stay in the competition and who should be eliminated.
"The shot of Jasmia as John Lennon is very weak," Nigel said.
"It's an unfortunate picture," Kelly C. added.
"It's weak in so many ways," Nigel interjected.
"I think that she went more with 80s rock and roll rather than what the Beatles are," Kelly O. explained.
"Less is more. That's really the rule here," Nigel said.
"I feel like the clothes are wearing her. She's not wearing the clothes," Kelly C. said.
The judges then talked more about Ashley's photo.
"Ashley, I feel bad for anyone from the U.K. who sees this picture," Kelly C. said.
"Ashley is a royal mess in this picture. There's no Diana at all," Nigel said.
"The gorgeous Diana eyes were not there," Tyra added.
Earlier in the episode, the seven American girls learned they'd be competing in an international competition against British girls who had already been on Britain's Next Top Model and were a bit intimidated because they had little if not any experience at all.
All the contestants starred in a "fierce parade" that took place at Universal Citywalk Hollywood and then had to participate in a runway pose-off. The claws came out as one girl from the U.K. had to walk and pose alongside one American model.
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. Seymone, a 5' 11" 19-year-old from Augusta, GA, received the first call-out.
Following Seymone, Tyra then revealed Kyle, Sophie, Laura, Catherine, Candace, Mariah, AzMarie, Eboni, Louise, Alisha, and Annaliese -- leaving Jasmia and Ashley in the bottom two.
Seymone, Kyle, Laura, Candace, Mariah, AzMarie, and Eboni were the American girls, while the rest were the British models.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"The judges debated about both of your photos and found that you, Jasmia, had someone -- an icon -- John Lennon and you didn't even embody a smidgen of him. So the judges did not feel inspired by your photo at all," Tyra told her.
"And you, Ashley, Princess Diana -- we wanted to see that lovely, amazing woman -- the woman with amazing eyes. Two icons but not iconic photos."
Tyra then revealed Ashley's photo, resulting in Jasmia's elimination.
Tyra told Ashley she had an energy and personality that the judges connected with and appreciated, and that was why they opted to keep her around. She then told Jasmia to keep her modeling more natural because the judges "just weren't feeling it."