'America's Next Top Model' eliminates Ivana Thomas after shocking makeovers
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/24/2018
America's Next Top Model eliminated Ivana Thomas and determined Season 24's Top 13 finalists during Tuesday night's broadcast on VH1.
Ivana, a 33-year-old from Durham, NC, was ousted from the competition after the show's panel of judges determined she had the least impressive performance at the week's video shoot.
"I thought I was really confident. I don't know. That video showed me I wasn't as confident as I thought I was," Ivana said following her ouster.
"I'm still going to pursue this and I'm sill going to go at until I get to the point where I feel confident about everything, and I think that's what everybody wants."
The panel is comprised of America's Next Top Model and America's Got Talent host Tyra Banks; supermodel, entrepreneur, and body activist Ashley Graham; Chief Creative Officer of Paper magazine Drew Elliott; and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach.
Ivana fell into the bottom two this week with Shanice Carroll, a 25-year-old from Murfreesboro, TN.
Tyra told the aspiring models it appeared Shanice wanted to be in the competition more and thought she deserved to be "America's Next Top Model" more, so for that reason, Shanice was kept around.
Ivana was sent packing from America's Next Top Model after the 14 remaining girls were each given a trademark style -- a makeover to make her more high fashion, editorial and edgy -- and then required to model, pose and move in a video that would introduce their new look to the panel and to the world.
Sandra, a 22-year-old from Cliffside Park, NJ, was given a long bob; Brendi K, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN, had her head shaved; Ivana had an afro tightening; and Christina, a 34-year-old from Jenkintown, PA, received neon green highlights.
Khrystyana, a 32-year-old from New York, NY, was given black hair, and Liz, a 24-year-old from New York, NY, had her locks dyed bubblegum pink.
Liberty, a 20-year-old from Lava Hot Springs, ID, went from blonde to red -- after Tyra noted she "voted Red" as a Trump supporter -- and Erin, a 42-year-old from Riverside, CA, was given long, wavy hair.
Rhiyan, a 20-year-old from Orange County, CA, had to rock a long weave to the floor; Shanice's hair was made bigger; and Kyla, a 20-year-old from Lacey, WA, was transformed into a brunette.
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Jeana, a 24-year-old from Minneapolis, MN, was asked to remove her wig and shave her head bald; Rio, a 23-year-old from Detroit, MI, had her hair cut short and dyed platinum blonde; and Coura, a 24-year-old from Eastvale, CA; was given "the Coura."
The cast soon found out that Tyra didn't want to change anything about Coura's appearance because her look was already "fantastic."
The other girls were intimidated by Coura, especially since she received best photo at the prior panel session. The girls also knew that Tyra already loved Coura.
Viewers learned that Jeana had lost her hair due to an autoimmune disease, but she realized during the episode that she doesn't need a weave to be beautiful. Jeana inspired everyone around her, including judges Law and Drew, who appeared before the girls at panel in their natural state -- without makeup, wigs and over-the-top clothing.
Jeana discovered that losing her hair was a symbol of strength.
Shanice, on the other hand, couldn't get much of a makeover at the end of the day because she suffers from psoriasis. Because of her extremely dry and flaky scalp, Tyra didn't think it would be a good idea to give her a weave.
And Brendi K. did not like her transformation at all because she felt she looked masculine with the shaved head. Brendi was jealous that her competition all turned out beautiful and glamorous, but her castmates told her to be proud of her new look and work it.
The episode concluded with the cast of girls getting judged and critiqued at panel after their videos directed by Director X.
Best video went to Liberty, "the chameleon." Although she cried at first upon finding out her hair was going to be dyed red, she ended up loving and embracing her new high-fashion look. The change in hair color gave her the power and edge she needed to remain in this difficult competition.
Tyra then announced which girls were safe from elimination by handing out still-photos from the videos in the following order: Jeana, Brendi K., Rio, Kyla, Christina, Liz, Coura, Erin, Khrystyana, Sandra, and Rhiyan.