'America's Next Top Model' recap: Liz Harlan leaves the show, Rhiyan Carreker gets eliminated
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/31/2018
America's Next Top Model lost two models, Liz Harlan and Rhiyan Carreker, in the Season 24 competition during Tuesday night's broadcast on VH1.
Liz, a 24-year-old from New York, NY, decided to quit the show because she couldn't handle living with the group of women she often clashed with.
"I can't thrive as a person in this environment. The best thing I can do for myself is walk away," Liz said, who found herself "emotionally raw" after trying to sleep in the house the night prior with all of the contestants being loud and noisy. "Leaving today is bitter sweet... I don't have to be around assh-les!"
America's Next Top Model and America's Got Talent host Tyra Banks understood Liz's need to leave the competition, as she told the aspiring model that her health and well-being must always come first.
And Rhiyan, a 20-year-old from Orange County, CA, was ousted from the running to become "America's Next Top Model" after the show's panel of judges determined she had the least impressive performance at the week's photo shoot.
In addition to Tyra, the panel is comprised of supermodel, entrepreneur, and body activist Ashley Graham; Chief Creative Officer of Paper magazine Drew Elliott; and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach.
"I feel the judges did give up on me a little too soon," Rhiyan said in her final words.
"Proving that I can be an editorial model was kind of hard for me, but as far as the other girls, they all have the same problems. No one is a 'Top Model' yet. Everybody has stuff to work on. No one is the best in the house, so the fact that I went home [is silly]."
Tyra told Rhiyan that the judges had trouble figuring out where she fits into the fashion industry. While she has gorgeous lips and bone structure, Tyra needed her to take it all to the next level. Tyra, however, assured Rhiyan that she "has the goods."
Rhiyan fell into the bottom two this week with Coura Fall, a 24-year-old from Eastvale, CA.
Tyra told Coura that her beauty is so strong but she needs to learn how to tell a story better through her modeling and improve on taking creative direction.
Rhiyan and Liz departed the show after the week's challenge and "scared but fierce" photo shoot, according to Drew.
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For the challenge, each contestant had to memorize a flirty and fun script to be performed as a "screen test" the next day with actor Kevin Phillips. The girls acted in front of director Anthony Hemingway, who would cast the winner in a small speaking role in one of his upcoming projects.
Shanice, a 25-year-old from Murfreesboro, TN, took the liberty of making the character her own and improving a little bit here or there.
But Anthony found Khrystyana's performance "unforgettable." The 32-year-old from New York, NY, was told she had a great stage presence, and so she was crowned the winner.
The photo shoot also had to do with acting, but it was silent acting. The models had to pretend to be scared while posing in looks that depicted "torture and pain" by famous costume designer B. Akerlund.
The episode concluded with the cast of girls getting judged and critiqued at panel.
Best photo went to Khrystyana, who was proving herself to be a big threat in this competition since she also won multiple challenges.
Tyra then announced which girls were safe from elimination by handing out photos in the following order: Jeana, a 24-year-old from Minneapolis, MN; Christina, a 34-year-old from Jenkintown, PA; Liberty, a 20-year-old from Lava Hot Springs, ID; and Brendi K, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN.
Erin, a 42-year-old from Riverside, CA, got her photo next, and then she was followed by Shanice; Kyla, a 20-year-old from Lacey, WA; Rio, a 23-year-old from Detroit, MI; and Sandra, a 22-year-old from Cliffside Park, NJ.