ANTM: Tyra's a British Fairy Godmother on Drugs (Ep. 4 Recap)


Let's cut to the chase. It's makeover week!


The Tyra Fluff

However, before the makeovers, Tyra must give one of her wannabe-Oprah heart-to-hearts about how she was told she was too fat to be a model when she gained her curves. Fear not, though, because Tyra - conqueror of all adversity - refused to succumb to the pressures of the industry and found different campaigns with the assistance of her mother. We know about your Sports Illustrated Cover, Tyra. But she reminds us anyway. This whole speech is only vaguely connected to the makeovers anyway (the theme being that change can be good).


The best part of this whole talk is that Tyra explains how she came to this revelation over pizza. So Tyra gives the girls pizza...and the irony is...none of the girls eat it (I watched very closely and seriously, some put it on their plates and maybe 2 of them took a nibble)!


The talk is followed by a Snow White skit where Jay Alexander is more disturbing than usual as the Wicked Queen/Witch. However, the most impressive part of the skit is that Jay Manuel carries Tyra out. Seriously. As Tyra previously admitted, she's "curvy".


The Makeovers

Mystery makeovers again (they did this last cycle), where the girls only learn of their new look after the makeover is completed.


The most drastic changes were probably for Samantha (who looks about 5 years older and 10x more modelesque with the short blond hair), Clark (who went from thinnish blond to thick jet black) and of course, Elina. I know people are going to be divided on Elina, but I think her makeover is for the worse. I also like Marjorie's transformation from light to dark more than Clark's.


You can check out all of the before and after shots here.


However, the most intriguing part of the makeovers were not the makeovers themselves, but Tyra's 'fairy-godmother with a British accent' bit, courtesy of a freaky pop-up magic mirror in the bottom left corner of the screen. Is it me, or has ANTM gotten increasingly campy this cycle (especially with the Institute of Technology bit from the premiere)?


Challenge/Photoshoot

In the continued deja vu of this episode, there's another WalMart makeup challenge (which no matter how they dress it up just sounds so trashy...sorry...but I hate you, WalMart), which we also had as recently as last season.


I will say that Hannah-who-I-previously-thought-had-a-90-IQ made a surprisingly good cue-card free commercial, and wins the challenge.


Photoshoot=swimsuits. I saw more ribs than I needed to...


Judging

Nothing too exciting occurred in judging, either. I'm somewhat surprised that Tyra hasn't been making the girls do crazy things yet and then accuse them of not taking it seriously or not committing themselves fully to the ANTM cause. Something to look forward to.


In terms of the photos, Elina's is deemed best, and Tyra insists that her new look makes her "racially ambiguous" - which is supposed to be good, I guess. I maintain that Elina looks one step closer to Ronald McDonald. Other early calls include Cheese (Lauren Brie), Samantha and McKey.


Bottom Two: Brittany and AnnaLeigh. I thought based on overall performance up until now, AnnaLeigh would certainly be out, but it is Brittany that is sent home. Tyra instructs her to study European fashion magazines. Is this advice really all that helpful now?


So...whose makeover do you like the best? The least? Where do you fall on the Elina makeover? Do you agree with me that she is the one girl Tyra managed to make uglier this cycle or do you think that it somehow, strangely, works?

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Sep 18, 2008 8:44PM EDT

I love Elina's makeover, she look wonderful, it definitely works. I hate clark's hair. I dont like sheena's hair either.

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Sep 18, 2008 9:42PM EDT

I love how predictable this show is! I was hoping for more pretty girls crying over their hair, and Tyra can NOT act! My goodness that was horrendous!

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Sep 20, 2008 11:53AM EDT

love your comment of this episode rachel! actually I think Sam got the best make-over, she looks great now. But Elina.. seriously, this hair is ridicolous!! and is it only me or are the girls this year not really interesting looking? I think most of them look totally average..

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Sep 24, 2008 6:00AM EDT

clark looks terrible, ditto sheena.and elina's makeover makes her features look bad and common even though she's the best looking. she needs sharp hair not big red curls.

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Sep 25, 2008 12:27AM EDT

Are you alwas this annoying? I mean searously RachelL you act like a jerk everytime you write on ANTM.
But this season of ANTM isn't the best but thank god they stop cooing over Isis.

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Oct 1, 2008 8:59AM EDT

i really lick Mckey and Marjories' makeover ..on the other hand even though i really like sheena i think her high lights make her look more of a " HOOTCH " ..and as for elina i totaly aggree the curls are too much ..maybe if the hair wasnt soo curly then it would have been better

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Oct 15, 2008 5:12PM EDT

you do realize that the 'acting' tyra is doin' is just another of their 'funny' things they do. At one circle she went into the make over room dressed in PJ with rolls in her hair cause she was sick and tired with all the whining and crying and when Jay and someone else cut her wig-hair she was screaming and crying spoofing the previous circles.

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Oct 16, 2008 5:43AM EDT

I love Elina's makeover, I didn't at first, but when I see pictures of her with her black straight hair and pictures of her now I realize I like the new look much better. It makes her more glamorous than someone who looks like she popped out of a sci fi movie

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Oct 22, 2008 9:11PM EDT

I love Elina's makeover!
This Elina is better:

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