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America's Next Top Model Review: There Could Only Be One

The inevitable moment for which we’ve all been waiting, or at least saw coming: the announcement of the girl who is recognized by the AMTM gods as having the potential of being America’s Next Top Model and who is awarded with a contract with IMG Models, “one of the top model management companies in the entire world,” a spread in Italian Vogue Magazine, a cover of Beauty in Vogue, a six-page spread in Beauty in Vogue, a feature on vogue.it, which is Italian Vogue’s website, and a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl cosmetics.  Runway blunders, lost challenges, runner-up for best photo, and insulting clients notwithstanding, Molly and Brittani learned which one of them would join the ranks of classic, fan favorite ANTM winners Yoanna, Eva, Danielle, CariDee, Jaslene, Saleisha, Whitney, Teyona, and Krista who have come before.

On the shuttle ride home from last week’s elimination, Molly and Brittani reflected on the pre-ANTM road that they traveled to get them where they are.  Molly experimented with drugs and then went to a rehabilitation clinic when she was younger.  Brittani lived in a trailer park, and she and her mom were on welfare for the first eight years of Brittani’s life.  Then during interviews, Molly and Brittani evaluated each other.  Molly recognized that Brittani has a better runway walk than she does although Molly has gotten best photo three weeks in a row.  Brittani admitted that Molly takes great shots although Brittani is more high fashion than Molly.  Molly’s obvious weakness, as she admitted herself, is that she is not Cover Girl-esque.  Portraying the traditional image of a Cover Girl will employ more acting skills for her as opposed to natural charm.  The next day, Ivan Bart, senior Vice President of IMG Models, sat down individually with the girls to evaluate their portfolios and meet them more intimately.  Ivan also acknowledged Molly’s strong portfolio and admitted to looking forward to see Brittani walk on the runway.

After the meeting with Ivan, Jay Manuel prepped the girls for their long-awaited Cover Girl commercial at the LD Bell Country Club.  Pierpaolo Ferrari shot the photos that will become the print ad for the winner of ANTM.  During hair and make-up, Brittani reflected on her previous blunders with and without scripts during the coffee commercial and The Insider live shot.  One important element of the Cover Girl commercial is the script.  While they were shot with three cameras during the commercial, Jay Manuel noted there would be a teleprompter at only one.  While Molly was the winner of the last commercial challenge, she was the most uncomfortable in front of the camera.  The next day the girls went to what Brittani called a “100-room palace” to meet Pierpaolo again, as well as the stylist for Vogue Italia, Valentina Serra, for a photo shoot for Vogue Italia.  Pierpaolo and Valentina noticed that Brittani was very professional and enjoyed her shoot while Molly complained (about missing her chicken – really, chicken?).  She complained about having to sit on cold tile while wearing lingerie, and the photographer and stylist had to remind her not to lose energy.  Although models and photographers do it all the time, this time when they lightly clapped when the shoot was over, they did it as a sign of mocking congratulation to Molly that she’d gotten through the shoot and could go home now.

Back at the Top Model house, Molly and Brittani arrived to the smiles and open arms of Molly’s (adoptive) parents.  Brittani’s mom was unable to put her daughter’s need for her mother’s presence in front of her anxiety disorder. Oh, and she was recovering from a recent back surgery.  While Brittani cordially chatted with Molly’s parents who were happy to temporarily play surrogate parents in the absence of her own, Brittani shed pitying tears for herself as she reflected on the countless times she’s wanted someone to be there for her but was left alone. However, thanks to modern technology, Brittani was able to chat with her mother online.

The next morning, Molly and Brittani met Jay Manuel at the Granada Palace for a salon-style fashion show where they went from one room to the next while modeling the garments of the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania line.  As part of a recent Top Model tradition, joining Molly and Brittani in the fashion show were a few of the recently-eliminated models: Kasia, Alexandria, and Hannah, as well as last cycle’s winner, Ann.  At the runway entrance of the ‘salon,’ rose petals were strewn on the floor from ladies who were leaning over the second floor balcony.  During their last walk, Brittani and Molly walked together.  Brittani slipped on one of the rose petals, crashed into the wall, fell onto the floor, and injured her ankle.  In a the-show-must-go-on fashion, Brittani sniffed up the rest of her tears and other nasal liquids and joined the other models during the finale walk. With Brittani and Molly creating one of the tightest final-two competitions in ANTM history (Tyra & Co. say that every cycle), after the fashion show, Jay and Ivan announced to the girls that Tyra wanted to give them another makeover.  Thus, Molly and Brittani arrived at the final judging with Mia-Farrow-in-Rosemary’s-Baby hair cuts, which is Tyra’s favorite cut.

During her evaluation, Molly was told by the judging panel, which included Jay Manuel, that her walk during the fashion show was too bouncy and during the commercial she looked liked “the mean girl” (maybe that’s because she can be).  However, her Cover Girl photo needed to be hung in a salon, according to Andre’ Leon Talley.  Brittani received obvious critiques for breaking character during the runway when she and Molly posed in front of the judges’ table although Jay Manuel immediately noted that she should be commended for pushing through after she fell.  Her Cover Girl commercial and photo shoot simply rocked.  While Molly had gotten the best photo of the week for the last three weeks in a row and she won The Insider challenge, Brittani became the competition muse of not one, not two, but three of the photographers.  Therefore, the obvious winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16: Brittani!

Cycle 16, Episode 13: “Season Finale” (originally aired May 18, 2011)

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Check out “Stumbling To The Finish Line,” Desiree Neall’s take on this cycle’s finale.

Images courtesy of Walter Sassard for The CW

 

14 Comments

  1. I so glad she won. I was rooting for her ever since her first makeover.

  2. I so glad she won. I was rooting for her ever since her first makeover.

  3. Why do you feel the need to indicate in parentheses that Molly’s parents are her adoptive parents? Yes, she did indicate that she suffered from abandonment issues in her teens, but even THAT does not diminish her parent’s role in her life. They had her from her fourth day of life. There is a selfless woman out there who carried her and gave birth to her, but her PARENTS are the ones the viewers saw. You insult adoptive families everywhere by pointing out that her patents are somehow ” less than” with your notation.

  4. Why do you feel the need to indicate in parentheses that Molly’s parents are her adoptive parents? Yes, she did indicate that she suffered from abandonment issues in her teens, but even THAT does not diminish her parent’s role in her life. They had her from her fourth day of life. There is a selfless woman out there who carried her and gave birth to her, but her PARENTS are the ones the viewers saw. You insult adoptive families everywhere by pointing out that her patents are somehow ” less than” with your notation.

  5. I got really sick of Molly’s cry about abandonment issues. I know what those issues are like, having a step son who treats me and ALL women disrespectfully because his mother abandoned (yes, abandoned, not tearfully let him go in hopes of a better life) him. He suffered for the first 6 years of his life under clumsy care before we finally took him in, and it’s been a battle ever since. Molly had two loving parents from the get go. Get over it. I like Britani. Yes, she cries a lot, but she works hard and generally has a great attitude. But the whole grew up in a trailer park with welfare is also boring. There is nothing wrong with trailer parks, and many people are on welfare. It may be a personal motivation to improve one’s life, but it’s not much of a sympathizer when people today are struggling for jobs and caring for families. Like Simon says…I don’t want to hear your sob stories. It does not make one more or less deserving of the goals you strive to achieve. It’s not America’s most deserving model through hard up lives…but America’s TOP model, the best model. Molly talked about how she wants it more, how she deserves it more…but lady, if your competition is better, then it doesn’t matter who deserves it or wants it more.
    Frankly, I wanted Jacqueline to win. She DESERVED it through her sweetness and innocence…but she didn’t make the grade according to the judges. But I really loved Britani’s haircut. So cute. If I were skinny, I’d so get that haircut. As it is, I have to have long hair to distract from my … wide girth, lol.

  6. I got really sick of Molly’s cry about abandonment issues. I know what those issues are like, having a step son who treats me and ALL women disrespectfully because his mother abandoned (yes, abandoned, not tearfully let him go in hopes of a better life) him. He suffered for the first 6 years of his life under clumsy care before we finally took him in, and it’s been a battle ever since. Molly had two loving parents from the get go. Get over it. I like Britani. Yes, she cries a lot, but she works hard and generally has a great attitude. But the whole grew up in a trailer park with welfare is also boring. There is nothing wrong with trailer parks, and many people are on welfare. It may be a personal motivation to improve one’s life, but it’s not much of a sympathizer when people today are struggling for jobs and caring for families. Like Simon says…I don’t want to hear your sob stories. It does not make one more or less deserving of the goals you strive to achieve. It’s not America’s most deserving model through hard up lives…but America’s TOP model, the best model. Molly talked about how she wants it more, how she deserves it more…but lady, if your competition is better, then it doesn’t matter who deserves it or wants it more.
    Frankly, I wanted Jacqueline to win. She DESERVED it through her sweetness and innocence…but she didn’t make the grade according to the judges. But I really loved Britani’s haircut. So cute. If I were skinny, I’d so get that haircut. As it is, I have to have long hair to distract from my … wide girth, lol.

  7. Hannah desserve to be there more than Molly. I don’t get it Ivan Bart loves her and they told her its her best picture but still send her home because she wasn’t strong enough. I love Molly and Brittani and I want them to be the final 2 but Hannah atleast desserve a better explanation why she got send home. I really hope she get sign in IMG because she desserve it or if not then she could be signed with Next or Elite.

  8. Hannah desserve to be there more than Molly. I don’t get it Ivan Bart loves her and they told her its her best picture but still send her home because she wasn’t strong enough. I love Molly and Brittani and I want them to be the final 2 but Hannah atleast desserve a better explanation why she got send home. I really hope she get sign in IMG because she desserve it or if not then she could be signed with Next or Elite.

  9. I agree with Jack about Hannah, eventhough I love Molly and Brittani, Hannah still deserves a better reason why she got eliminated. Sure Hannah cries alot but it doesn’t make her weak it like saying when man cry it makes them less of a man. She has FCO 2 times and only been in bottom 2 once and she got eliminated even though she has the best picture that IMG guy Ivan Bart loves he even said Hannah stand out for him from the rest of the girls which is ironic because the judge keep telling her she’s forgetable. Also I hate it when that guy said it turns him off but Brittani cries everytime at a photo shoot and Molly complains and gives no respect from anyone because she doesn’t want to be fake. Hannah has the look she can do commercial, High fashion all she has to do is improve her walk which she can learn. Wish Hannah good luck. Also I wish Brittani and Molly good luck because I love them aswell

  10. I agree with Jack about Hannah, eventhough I love Molly and Brittani, Hannah still deserves a better reason why she got eliminated. Sure Hannah cries alot but it doesn’t make her weak it like saying when man cry it makes them less of a man. She has FCO 2 times and only been in bottom 2 once and she got eliminated even though she has the best picture that IMG guy Ivan Bart loves he even said Hannah stand out for him from the rest of the girls which is ironic because the judge keep telling her she’s forgetable. Also I hate it when that guy said it turns him off but Brittani cries everytime at a photo shoot and Molly complains and gives no respect from anyone because she doesn’t want to be fake. Hannah has the look she can do commercial, High fashion all she has to do is improve her walk which she can learn. Wish Hannah good luck. Also I wish Brittani and Molly good luck because I love them aswell

  11. I love Molly because I feel bad about her abandonment issue and I found out her bilogical mom hates her because on her biological mom facebook wall she said “Can’t believe Molly is still in America’s Next Topm Model, she should have been sent home long time ago” also she add “she suck” which is so terrible to say I mean yes you gave her up but still all you can do for her is support your daughter because that the only thing you can do for her after you gave her up for adoption. Molly I love you girl and hope you find someone who would threat you right like you truly desserve.

  12. I love Molly because I feel bad about her abandonment issue and I found out her bilogical mom hates her because on her biological mom facebook wall she said “Can’t believe Molly is still in America’s Next Topm Model, she should have been sent home long time ago” also she add “she suck” which is so terrible to say I mean yes you gave her up but still all you can do for her is support your daughter because that the only thing you can do for her after you gave her up for adoption. Molly I love you girl and hope you find someone who would threat you right like you truly desserve.

  13. Chris, I mentioned that Molly’s parents adopted her because it was a fact that she brought up every episode. I would have been remiss had I not mentioned it since she credits being abandoned by her natural mother as the reason why she rebelled so much and her tears throughout this last episode were tears of remorse for being so rebellious against her adoptive parents who only tried to love her and who were waiting with open arms every time she failed and faltered. It was not my intention to insult you, her family, or any other adoptive family who may be reading this review. I just recalled the facts that Molly reiterated every episode since the season began.

  14. Chris, I mentioned that Molly’s parents adopted her because it was a fact that she brought up every episode. I would have been remiss had I not mentioned it since she credits being abandoned by her natural mother as the reason why she rebelled so much and her tears throughout this last episode were tears of remorse for being so rebellious against her adoptive parents who only tried to love her and who were waiting with open arms every time she failed and faltered. It was not my intention to insult you, her family, or any other adoptive family who may be reading this review. I just recalled the facts that Molly reiterated every episode since the season began.

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