Or, rather, the Celia problem. Because that's what really concerned me.
In this week's episode, Tahlia was the center of the major drama. She entered auditions as a pretty girl with a compelling, sympathetic, inspiring story, no modeling skill or experience, a rather un-model-like build, and a timid personality. Five weeks in, she continues to be timid, her story has fallen almost completely by the wayside, she still fails catastrophically in challenges BUT she's managed to take good pictures two weeks in a row.
Tahlia keeps swinging back and forth between I Really Do Not Want To Be Here and Oh, Maybe I Can Keep Hanging On. This dilemma was a prime topic of discussion for the other girls in the house, among whom the prevailing opinion seemed to be that if Tahlia was ready to say she didn't want to be there, then she should go and give a truly driven competitor a shot.
And it was that opinion that drove Celia to speak up at panel right before Kortnie left the competition. Unfortunately for both of them, the speech did not sway Tyra. Instead, she all but chastised Celia for speaking up like she did and had her step back in line with tears on her face.
I don't know where I stand on the Tahlia issue, but I am very anxious about how this will all play out for Celia. As far as I'm concerned, she did the right thing in expressing her opinion even when it was not necessarily going to be effective or well received - and it wasn't. What I would hate to see is for that to work against her in the eyes of Tyra and the other judges. I'm sure there will be repercussions with the other girls, but, what else is new? If Celia, who I feel is one of the most talented of the bunch, ends up leaving because of an issue completely unrelated to her capabilities, I will not be pleased.