Here is just a hot recap to get us up-to-speed on all the drama that lead up to last night's episode of Oxygen's The Face. In Week 1, the aspiring models were coached by supermodel Naomi Campbell on "Who wore it better?" and posed in front of the legendary Patrick DeMarchelier for W Magazine. Week 2 saw supermodel coach Coco Rocha spin 160 poses in a minute hoping to teach, not um, excuse me, totally tangle up, the models. The girls' effort was for an online campaign for Vogue Eyewear, which was by followed sweet, conservative and sexy TV commercial campaign for lingerie brand Cosabella.
So on to last night. As the flames of fashion were fanned and the number of aspiring models dwindled, the heat really put everyone's strategic alliance-skills to the test. Week 3 brought more unity to the teams (thank God) but no less drama!
Speed was so of the essence. We started out in our custom-built photo studio in the loft with supermodel coach Karolina Kurkova by my side as she mentored the girls on the art of the all-important quick change! First things first, KK showed the girl's how it was done and stripped-off in a totally blinding 40-odd seconds, making it look like a simple challenge. That is, of course, before the rest of the girls picked up the gauntlet to try and the stop-clock started ticking. Each model grabbed an outfit, accessorizing it with pieces found from the Marshalls wall, changed to her outfit, and then (no biggy right?) attempted to walk the runway.
Like I said KK did this in 41 seconds, a skill learned from years of experience. Now, compare and contrast that with our aspiring models and we totally run the gamut of timed-diva talent, from 2 minutes 30 seconds to a top speed of 1 minute 7 seconds that won a $5000 shopping spree at Marshalls no less -Congratulations Margaux!
Even a simple test-shoot challenge like this wasn't without its fierce competitive drama. Everything, from wardrobe malfunctions to Devyn's unsporting upheaval from top spot, let us all know that this is a mean competition and that the girls will do all they can to win, every step of the way - literally! FYI Devyn, your dress wasn't all that perfect when you exited either; you fixed your ruffle around your neck ON THE RUNWAY! Models in glasshouses shouldn't throw those nasty rocks...
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we found out that the realities of life don't just stop when you're on the runway, as Marlee discovered that she can't pay the bills and the roof over her baby's head may be in jeopardy. This resulted in Team Coco's first self-inflicted elimination and the leveling of the playing field, ahead of this week's campaign challenge.
The setting for this week's campaign was in a fabulously opulent turn-of-the-century theater in Harlem, and featured a live runway show for international wedding dress couturier Kleinfeld Bridal. For this team's first runway challenge they faced a 20-feet high flight of stairs, and 30 pound bridal gowns with $40,000 price tags, NOT the kind of frock you want to get your stiletto heal stuck in... Sandra promptly burst into tears at the prospect of falling (every models worst nightmare), Margaux got it over with by literally falling up and down the stairs (turns out that was her best move). Devyn, Madeleine and Ebony all did a pretty solid job but none were stand-outs, and then there was Zi Lin.
Zi Lin, as if out of an east Asian Disney fairytale, glided out in the most enormous powder puff ball gown I'd seen in forever, weighing a staggering 28 pounds, but wore it as if it were only 28 ounces; those years of pageantry paid off as the east Asian princess won in a landslide viewer vote, catapulting Team Naomi into pole position once again!
Wrapping up the week was of course elimination, where one model from each of the losing teams was cut from the competition. KK got strategic and put up Ebony, thinking that Madeleine was too weak to face elimination, and knowing Ebony would fight for it like only a mother can! Coco put up a shocked and surprised Brittany, who had just finished consoling Margaux whom she had convinced was going up for elimination in her place. But oh no... while Margaux could hardly stand up on her gown, she was at least memorable while Brittany-wait a second what was she wearing? Oh that's right a black wedding dress, the only one I might add, yet she still failed to leave any impression whatsoever. Although to be fair I remember her facial expression at the end of the runway clearly, but it wasn't quite Black Swan...
Our lovely Naomi, as a winning supermodel, presided over the elimination, and showed everyone how it should be done. In what I consider to be the most honest, to the point, take no prisoners elimination to-date, she sent Brittany home and let Ebony through, to once again, be in the running to be The Face!