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I already love this season of America’s Next Top Model, it’s got major crazy potential.  

Tangent, I heard a coworker mention me as liking “food and crazy people.”  I love that they’re beginning to really know me.

To start off, instead of showing the tape of the auditions, Tyra decided to dress up and reenact them herself.   No seriously, that happened.

Then.  Tyra has this big group of girls and they’re socializing and the judges are picking the girls to go on as contestants, from another room.  Then all the girls are given envelopes and told that if their picture is inside, they’ve been chosen to be a part of this cycle and if not they’ll be going home.  Half the girls get a photo, and are elated.  They’re led off and NEVER SEEN AGAIN.

The group of “rejects” are taken to collect their luggage and then Tyra informs them that SURPRISE, they’re going to the models’ apartment because they are in fact the contestants for this season.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who, witnessing the sea of delight and hugging that followed, wondered about the first group who thought they were the winners.  Did one of the Jays, or perhaps Tyra appear to break the JUST KIDDING YOU LOSE news themselves, or were they just poisoned or shot to avoid the trouble?

Ok so THEN, the girls go to their photo shoot/runway show and it’s them getting their picture taken during hair and makeup backstage at the photo shoot.  One girl (Brittani [whom we like]) has her eyelid folded up during makeup, a moment that is captured and makes second best photo for being, and I quote the judges, “so hot.”

THEN, the girls are carefully taped inside big inflatable hamster balls full of glitter and told to walk down a runway that is a balance beam.  That is floating in a pool.

Naturally two girls (only two!) fall off and are now in a big beach ball floating with no traction, and are expected to save themselves.  Before the oxygen in their bubble runs out.


One rather bubbleheaded girl muses that she is worried she’s “spend the rest of her life in that bubble” without being able to get out.  I don’t think she’s referring to the suffocation risk but in light of that it suddenly seems like a valid objection.

The girls that fall try to will their balls to the side of the pool by flopping around in them like dead fish.  No one in the audience or backstage makes the slightest move to help.

It’s a beautiful concept and no thanks to anyone but the models, no one dies

The girls then move into their first elimination panel and are understandably very nervous.  Tyra only wishes to discuss her tshirt, which has a giant picture of fellow judge (and Vogue editor) Andre Leon Talley.  Andre Leon Talley is wearing a top hat that has it’s own ponytail, bobbed and sticking straight up as if in indignation. 

I love this show more than ….. well more than most things.

So for who I like (“we” referring to the royal we of Aurora and I, as Aurora is too busy to watch regularly but likes to lustily cheer for my choices when she gets that rare moment [Aurora is the best best friend ever]), we like Hannah.  She’s so pretty!  with so much hair and energy and eyeliner!  and so far, not the slightest whiff of bitchcrazy!!

We also like Molly, Brittani, Dalya, Ondrei and Mikayla.


We like Sarah but we’re concerned about her potential.

Who do you like?  And can someone explain Andre Leon Talley’s hat to me, please?

You know those people ….


….. who can’t resist telling you how much they paid for something when you compliment it?

I think I’ve become one of those. But in the cheapskate way, is that honestly any better? Maybe? No? Darn.


The knit navy dress is from the Everything $5.99 store, the navy sweater is from Forever 21, costing $12.99.  The boots are once again the five dollar yard sale find, the knee socks from Target set me back two bones.  The bracelet came from a quarter vending machine, and the necklace was a gift from my grandmother, who used to live next door to the artist.

nov 3rd

Today we have the little black dress I picked up for $3.50 at the Salvation Army.  I’m delighted with more than just the price, the fabric is thick and it’s very comfortable.  The necklace you might recognize as the two dollar once I picked up from a local shop called Octopus Clothing, the socks are again from Target, this time $2.50.  And the shoes.  Have I ever mentioned that I bought my favorite shoes from the costume department of Walmart, two years ago, for seven dollars?

On the nearby military base.


Older Gentleman – “Ladies?”

Drea – “Yes?

Valancy Jane – *looks up*

Older Gentlemen – “You ladies would win the award for best dressed ladies in this store.”

Drea – “Oh thank you!”

Valancy Jane – “Is there actually an award?”

Older Gentleman – *shakes head*  “My wife won’t let me do that …… anymore.”

Busy. Doing stuff.


Tomorrow’s gonna be an interesting day.  It will include sugar and rope and wardrobe quick changes and paperwork and a guy named Crazy Ray and it will be hosted several hundred feet off the ground.

Before you remind me to bring my camera, remember who you’re talking to.  The girl that took a few minutes out of this insanely busy day to take pictures of her outfit.

vintage dress

Update soon, kids.

Care with me.


The models for the upcoming Cycle 13* of America’s Next Top  Model have been announced.

(*Since this is the short girl round, I prefer to refer to it as Cycle 12.9)

Based solely on the pictures released, here are my faves.

Courtney –

Sundai –

Laura –

I of course reserve the right to amend these choices, pending any bitchtastic behavior.

Who do you like?