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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

B&INTM.

THE 2012 B&INTM LINE-UP.

... MORE LIKE MID-WAY MODEL.

AS ELOQUENTLY SUMMARISED ABOVE, I WAS LESS THAN IMPRESSED WITH YESTERDAY EVENING'S PREMIER OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND'S NEXT TOP MODEL 2012. MY MAIN BUG-BEAR, THE TOP MODELS OR MORE APTLY, THE LACK OF THE TOP MODELS.

BEING A DEVOTED VIEWER SINCE SERIES ONE, WITH EACH NEW SET OF FRESH-FACED MOODY MODEL TYPES, I CROSS MY LITTLE FINGERS AND HOPE THAT THIS YEAR THE FORMAT WILL PRODUCE A TOP MODEL, OR DARE I SAY IT, A SUPERMODEL? EACH YEAR I AM LEFT DISAPPOINTED. NOW, DON'T GET WRONG, THE SHOW HAS CROWNED A LONG LIST OF BEAUTIES, CHARLOTTE (SERIES 6), JADE (SERIES 7), MERCIA (SERIES 5) ETC. BUT BEAUTY DOES NOT SPELL SUPERMODEL.

WHILE UNABLE TO PUT MY FINGER ON THE MISSING COMPONENT, I PRESENT THIS CASE. POST-HAIR AND MAKE-UP EACH CONTESTANT IS TRANSFORMED INTO A THING OF STRIKING BEAUTY, PRIOR TO THIS, NOT SO MUCH. YES THEY ARE TALL AND SLIM, BUT WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BEING THE IMAGE OF PERFECTION. TAKE ELLE, THE SHOW'S BEACON OF WORLDLY STYLE AND UNCHANGEABLE BEAUTY, SHE IS QUITE SIMPLY SPECIAL. THE PEAK OF EVOLUTION, THIS WOMAN REPRESENTS AN UN-TOUCHABLE IDEAL. THIS IS WHAT A MODEL IS. AN IMMORTAL BEING WHO'S VERY NATURE MARKS HER OUT AS ONE OF LIFE'S LEADERS. THIS IS MY PERSONAL BELIEF. I AM NOT A MODEL AND WILL THEREFORE NEVER LOOK LIKE A MODEL, BUT THAT'S OK, BECAUSE THE CONCEPT IS NOT ONE OF EMULATION IT IS ONE OF ADMIRATION.
THE JUDGES

IN A BID TO INCREASE VIEWERS AND FURTHER COMMUNICATE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE SHOW, THE JUDGING PANEL HAS SEEN A SHAKE-UP. GONE ARE STYLIST GRACE WOODWARD & MODEL CHARLIE SPEED, IN THEIR PLACES SIT APPARENT DESIGNER WHITNEY PORT (BUT GUYS I'VE SEEN HER WORK AND I WOULDN'T CALL IT DESIGN) AND MALE MODEL ICON TYSON BECKFORD. JULIAN MACDONALD IS HOWEVER RESISTANT IS HIS PLACE, DISAPPOINTING. QUOTED AS SAYING THIS YEARS FINALISTS "ARE THE BEST WE'VE EVER HAD". MACDONALD YOU HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR. 

THE FIRST EPISODE SAW 20 GIRLS UNCOMFORTABLY AMBLE DOWN A CATWALK, JET OFF TO DUBAI, ATTEMPT TO POSE SEDUCTIVELY IN MATCHING SWIMSUITS AND PARTICIPATE IN GROUP BITCH-OUTS. THE RESULT, ONE GIRL WAS REMOVED FROM THE COMPETITION WHILE CLEVER TELEVISION EDITING REINFORCED STEREOTYPES OF GENDER, ORIGIN AND BACKGROUND. ALL THE IN SPACE OF 60 MINUTES, EXCITING.

THE 2012 LINE-UP WILL NO DOUBT BE RUTHLESSLY WILTED DOWN TO ONE GIRL, WHO WILL NO DOUBT SOB, REVEAL A TROUBLED PAST THEN DISAPPEAR INTO OBSCURITY. A HARSH JUDGEMENT BUT ONE GROUNDED IN EXPERIENCE. 

WILL I BE WATCHING NEXT WEEK? HELL YEH, I LOVE BEING PROVED RIGHT. PLUS TYSON IS A DREAM.

L.

IMAGE SOURCES: DAILY MAIL & SKY LIVING


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