View Full Version : ANTM: Whitney, ep.11

7th May 2008, 01:58
<br>This past week was yet another nail-biter for fans of <i>America's Next Top Model</I> contestant Whitney Thompson, as once again, the model ended up in the bottom two when it came to judging.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap383.jpg"></center></p>Not coincidentally, the episode also provided further vivid examples of the fashion industry's deeply-entrenched bias against plus-size models.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap454.jpg"></center></p>Yet despite the odds being stacked against her, and despite the hostile aesthetic inclinations of the fashion establishment, Whitney still managed to create some of the most gorgeous and feminine images of the season.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap264.jpg"></center></p>She met every adversity head-on, surviving to fight again in the forthcoming episode, on behalf of all of curvy girls--whose champion she has become.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap118.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The episode opened with Whitney looking lovely and in high spirits, having rebounded from landing in the bottom two the week before. Note that the background of her camera confessional here is perhaps the most majestic structure in all of Rome, the National <a href="http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/romevittorio/vittorio.html" target="_blank">Monument</a> of Victor Emmanuel II (the first king of a unified Italy).<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap003.jpg"></center></p>Viewers then witnessed a candid conversation between Miss Thompson and another contestant, in which Whitney admitted, <i>"Every time I'm in panel, I always feel like I'm going to break down in tears. It's just so nerve-wracking."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap014.jpg"></center></p>The exchange highlighted one of the many reasons why Miss Thompson is so popular with fans--her vulnerability. Whitney is confident, to be sure, but these moments of feminine frailty endear her to viewers even more.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap009.jpg"></center></p>Next followed several images of the contestants in various casual domestic situations. These candids frequently reveal Whitney's beauty even better than her photoshoots do.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap022.jpg"></center></p>Notice once again how much Whitney's angelic appearance is enhanced by her cascading blonde tresses. One always wishes that she were fuller-figured, but in every other way, she is an ideal plus-size goddess.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap019.jpg"></center></p>The weekly "Tyra Mail" communiqué proved baffling to the five remaining contestants,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap025.jpg"></center></p>and--as Whitney acknowledged in one of her loveliest on-set confessionals--the girls were none the wiser when they arrived on location. The following screencap is, incidentally, one of our all-time favourite images of the model. There is something immensely appropriate about seeing a plus-size goddess amidst the remains of Imperial Rome, which was a part of the Classical civilization that originally enshrined the full-figured ideal.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap031.jpg"></center></p>In a subsequent camera aside, Whitney described--with great enthusiasm--the nature of the episode's surprise challenge: a "combat" shoot featuring the models dressed in gladiatrix attire.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap037.jpg"></center></p>Note, by the way, how appropriate are Whitney's various backdrops--the Victor Emmanuel memorial, seen earlier, and the dome of St. Peter's, shown here. As monuments to kings and popes, they invoke notions of primacy and pre-eminence (characteristics that suit Whitney extremely well).<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap035.jpg"></center></p>Whitney's blonde tresses looked especially pretty in the training session prior to the photo challenge,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap048.jpg"></center></p>and with the sun illuminating her hair, she seemed more angelic than ever.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap046.jpg"></center></p>Whitney was very focussed during the fencing lesson, picking up movements that served her well in the actual challenge.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap052.jpg"></center></p>But it was the wardrobe that really made this photo session come alive.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap059.jpg"></center></p>Although the shoot explored a gladiator/gladiatrix theme, Whitney's outfit seemed rather more Teutonic.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap060.jpg"></center></p>Her attire somewhat resembled that of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the empire's waning years.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap083.jpg"></center></p>In fact, she looked extraordinary beautiful in this outfit, like a warrior queen out of a fantasy novel, or like one of the Valkyries of Teutonic mythology.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap081.jpg"></center></p>But Whitney, always feminine, brought a girlish touch to her role as a Norse princess. After seeing the colossal brute with whom she and her fellow contestants would be sparring in the photo challenge, she remarked, <i>"I thought we were going to be fighting each other, if anything; not some huge, monstrous, ogre-like being."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap069.jpg"></center></p>In fact, Whitney excelled in this photoshoot, despite the challenging requirement of looking model-like while convincingly portraying a warrior. As she said in a camera aside, <i>"Finding the modelling poses is really not that difficult. It's bringing grace and poise to what you're doing."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap099.jpg"></center></p>Although Whitney was unfortunately sucking in her tummy for this shoot, the alluring breadth of her waist was still visible. (Notice the ram's-head design on her belt.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap092.jpg"></center></p>In fact, it is easy to see this photo challenge as a metaphor for Whitney's own struggle on the show. The "monstrous, ogre-like being" attacking her represents the mainstream fashion industry, with its institutionalized anti-plus prejudice, while Whitney is the champion of true femininity, fighting to restore the timeless beauty-ideal.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap088.jpg"></center></p>The judges noticed Whitney's adeptness, and gave her rare praise for her performance.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap091.jpg"></center></p>Photoshoot director Jay Manuel made approving comments throughout the shoot, and later stated, <i>"Whitney, you did a good job. Keeping yourself open to the camera really served you in this."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap112.jpg"></center></p>Runway coach J. Alexander observed, <i>"You were very comfortable in it, and that's what Jay and I both noticed."</I> To which Mr. Manuel added, <i>"And very unafraid."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap121.jpg"></center></p>After her shoot, Whitney offered an entertaining appraisal of another model's abysmal performance.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap131.jpg"></center></p>Be sure to watch the video excerpts (linked below) to hear what Whitney had in mind when she parodied her competitor's approach.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap134.jpg"></center></p>When it came time to declare a challenge winner, Whitney looked rather impassive--no doubt expecting more of the bogus critiques that she has been receiving throughout the competition.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap138.jpg"></center></p>But when her best picture was displayed, it proved to be a hit with all concerned.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap137.jpg"></center></p>Whitney became more animated when the judges revealed the prize for winning the challenge--a 1,000 Euro ($1,550) shopping spree in Rome.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap141.jpg"></center></p>And when the judges announced that <i>she</i> was the winner, she positively exploded with joy.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap153.jpg"></center></p>At last, after being cheated out of victory week after week (entirely due to size-prejudice), Whitney was finally given her due. Her happiness was infectious.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap163.jpg"></center></p>The judges added another wrinkle, however, when they offered her an option--she could take all of the money for herself, or she could split it with one of the other contestants.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap161.jpg"></center></p>For one brief moment--and one delightful facial expression--Whitney pondered what to do.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap165.jpg"></center></p>But in the end, in an act of remarkable generosity, she chose to split her winnings with one of her fellow competitors.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap177.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The video montage of the girls' shopping excursion was a real treat.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap190.jpg"></center></p>As anyone who has enjoyed such a privilege will attest, there is no pleasure in the world quite so delightful as taking a gorgeous, slightly spoiled, self-indulgent beauty on a shopping trip.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap181.jpg"></center></p>One gets the pleasure of seeing a <i>de facto</i> fashion show, right before one's eyes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap183.jpg"></center></p>Whitney had the time of her life, and, as always, offered witty camera commentary along the way. <i>"I look like a mushroom,"</I> she said, when trying on this hat. (Actually, she looked very pretty.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap193.jpg"></center></p>Miss Thompson's shopping partner commented on her extraordinary generosity, saying, <i>"I am so happy for Whitney. I thought it was so kind of her to choose me to come along."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap196.jpg"></center></p>As Whitney enthused afterwards, in one of her gorgeous camera confessionals, <i>"I got so much stuff that my arms, like, physically hurt."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap200.jpg"></center></p>And one look at this picture of the two girls laden down with shopping bags, returning home after their excursion, confirms that she didn't exaggerate in the least.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap202.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>With all of the preliminary activity out of the way, the show then proceeded to the main shoot of the week. But first, viewers were treated to this extraordinarily attractive headshot of Whitney, showing her reaction to another cryptic "Tyra Mail" missive. Just look at how gorgeously round her face appears in this still.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap206.jpg"></center></p>Given Miss Thompson's princess-like appearance, the show's producers must have realized that the ideal location for a Whitney pictorial would be a medieval castle. And that's exactly where they took the contestants for their next photo session--to the <a href="http://www.castelloditorreinpietra.it/~doc/castello/english/home.html" target="_blank">Castello di Torre</a>, just outside Rome.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap210.jpg"></center></p>And didn't Whitney look every bit the storybook princess as she left her carriage, and entered the castle courtyard . . .<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap213.jpg"></center></p>Never has a plus-size model been photographed in a more appropriate local than Whitney was in this episode. Her majestic tresses seemed especially beautifully arranged for the occasion.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap217.jpg"></center></p>To the girls' astonishment, the week's photographer turned out to be none other than . . . Tyra Banks herself. In a camera aside, Whitney commented on the particular pressure that this put on her, and how imperative it was for her to do well.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap231.jpg"></center></p>Whitney's wardrobe for this shoot was especially beautiful. In fact, this was the most gorgeous outfit that she has been given in any episode to date. But rather than presenting Miss Thompson as a storybook princess--as one might expect, given her fair appearance--the show daringly outfitted her in the darker attire of an Evil Queen (somewhat reminiscent of Barbara Brickner's wardrobe in her legendary shoot with Douglas Bizzaro), with black lace and elaborate gold accessories.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap225.jpg"></center></p>The following close-up of Whitney is one of the most breathtaking images of the model to date. Everything element in the styling contributes to a sense of extravagant opulence and luxuriance. The blood-red lipstick makes Whitney's mouth seem seductively profane. The gold accessories bespeak greed and wealth. The model's heavily-lidded gaze looks alluringly indolent. Her shoulders are soft and rounded, with the delicate lace strap barely clinging to the flesh, as if it were ready to slip off in an instant. Her face appears particularly full. The impression is that of a woman of intoxicating wickedness and selfishness, with an almost limitlessly appetitive nature. Nothing could be more alluring than the persona that Whitney created in this still.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap226.jpg"></center></p>As Whitney's shoot drew near, the stylist replaced the pink element in her hairstyle (seen above) with a dark-red hue. Both work well--the colour-coordination of the entire outfit was brilliant--but frankly, the original pink might have been the better choice.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap232.jpg"></center></p>What an extraordinary difference this outfit presented from Whitney's usual look, as seen here. The angel had veritably been transformed into the temptress.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap256.jpg"></center></p>The shoot began well enough, with Whitney emerging like a grande dame.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap246.jpg"></center></p>Upon seeing her, Tyra was prompted to exclaim, <i>"Whoo, lady! Lookin' like hot stuff."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap248.jpg"></center></p>Notice, incidentally, that this section of the castle was not particularly glamorous--a reminder that many central European countries were ravaged in the early 20th century, with foreign occupying armies causing untold damage to many cultural monuments.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap255.jpg"></center></p>From the first, Whitney's poses were intensely sensual, exhibiting her voluptuous figure.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap257.jpg"></center></p>She appeared fully cognizant of her own allure, exuding indolent sexuality and intoxicating vanity.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap258.jpg"></center></p>Whitney's poses were magnificent, amply displaying her well-fed curves, showing off her buxom contours.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap271.jpg"></center></p>Her expressions suggested a vain, self-indulgent nature--one entirely in keeping with the sumptuous wardrobe and the castle setting. Just look at the smouldering passion in her eyes.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap276.jpg"></center></p>But alas, here is where timeless beauty collided with the warped aesthetic of the modern fashion world. Absurdly, the photographer and creative director <i>faulted</i> her for having a figure, and for showing it off.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap286.jpg"></center></p>Instead--insultingly--then required her to look smaller, to diminish her womanly curves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap280.jpg"></center></p>They asked her to cave in her chest, to compress herself visually. Their every direction expressed an antagonism towards voluptuousness, and a preference for a minimized shape.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap284.jpg"></center></p>Other girls were unaccountably praised for exhibiting "angles" (of all things), for having figures that looked "broken." But Whitney, by nature (as a plus-size model), did not pose in that manner. Her movements adhered to an entirely different style--Classically beautiful, and therefore more appropriate for her own luscious figure, and more fitting for the opulent aesthetic of the wardrobe and the location.

The following screencap displays the position into which they required Whitney to contort herself--<i>much</i> less appealing than her initial poses, but at least still somewhat attractive, in contrast to the ugly, disfigured stances of her minus-size competitors. <p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap290.jpg"></center></p>But Whitney, always the professional, did what she was asked, and still looked curvaceous and indomitable as she elegantly strode away.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap296.jpg"></center></p>In this final look at Whitney's outfit, note the purple-coloured lingerie beneath her lacy dress. Purple has been Whitney's signature "dark" colour in several shoots--and, as the colour of royalty, it suits her extremely well.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap302.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Back at the house, Whitney was clearly apprehensive after the shoot. Once again, she was in the familiar situation of knowing that her own approach had been superior to the instructions that she was given. (Notice how soft and babylike her features appear in profile.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap311.jpg"></center></p>She was quite sombre while reading the "Tyra Mail" missive informing the girls' of the immanent panel session.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap308.jpg"></center></p>In conversation with her fellow contestants, Whitney admitted her concerns. From the beginning, she has always been very genuine and open before the camera, and this quality has helped to make her a fan favourite.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap316.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Despite her apprehensions, Whitney came to panel as she always does--beaming, bubbly, and happy, a veritable a ray of sunshine.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap328.jpg"></center></p>She laughed at a Tyra witticism,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap324.jpg"></center></p>and instinctively adopted model poses while waiting for her evaluation.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap331.jpg"></center></p>Oh, how lovely she looked as she approached the panel, when her name was called.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap335.jpg"></center></p>Note, in this chance still, how confident and proud Whitney appears, while a fellow competitor in the background hangs her head in shame, as if acknowledging the better candidate.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap340.jpg"></center></p>As we have observed before, Whitney's expressions in the panel sessions are as beautiful as any of her modelling poses.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap347.jpg"></center></p>She beamed with pride as J. Alexander applauded her victory in the Gladiatrix photo challenge,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap350.jpg"></center></p>and she looked on expectantly as the judges were shown the selected image from the castle shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap353.jpg"></center></p>That image was beautiful, to be sure,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap364.jpg"></center></p>and the expression filled with emotion,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap365.jpg"></center></p>but it was not as exquisite as her initial poses--and Whitney's concern was evident.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap363.jpg"></center></p>She listened solemnly as the judges offered their critiques.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap359.jpg"></center></p>While the spectacle of Whitney receiving a weekly dressing-down is excruciating for fans to watch, these scenes do show Whitney exhibiting many fascinating expressions, in which her beauty is especially pronounced.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap372.jpg"></center></p>After the evaluation, Whitney looked uncommonly dispirited--but all the more gorgeous as a result. She must surely have been thinking, "Is this it for me?"<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap399.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Unbeknownst to Miss Thompson, when the judges conferred in private, they did praise her talent. Paulina commented that <i>"Whitney is so beautiful when you see her in life,"</I> while photographer Nigel Barker affirmed, <i>"There's a lot to Whitney. She's confident and she has an opinion, and I think all those things are what makes someone rounded and interesting--and ultimately, a good model."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap380.jpg"></center></p>The competitors were then called back. Notice how the cameraman always focusses on Whitney, even when she is in the midst of a group, or when she is at the back. Somehow, the lens always finds her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap406.jpg"></center></p>Miss Thompson experienced the misery of seeing every other competitor called out before her,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap409.jpg"></center></p>and once again, she wound up in the bottom two. Notice her curvy abdomen in this image.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap417.jpg"></center></p>She almost seemed to be in physical pain as she endured--for this third time--this harrowing ordeal.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap423.jpg"></center></p>In describing the bottom two girls' strengths and weaknesses, Tyra told Whitney, <i>"You're very interesting to me because I find you so beautiful to my eye."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap451.jpg"></center></p>Tyra offered more praise during these tense moments, saying: <i>"And then, we have Whitney. Whitney, the girl with the bangin' body, and the gorgeous face, and has been taking strong pictures, and even won the challenge this week. And the judges say, 'Oh my God, she's so stunning.'"</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap432.jpg"></center></p>The cloud of impending doom was upon her--only making her seem that much lovelier.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap435.jpg"></center></p>At one point, she even had to gasp for breath, so heavily did the situation weigh upon her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap442.jpg"></center></p>Watch, in the video, how she whispers "Oh, my God," and her whole frame trembles, as she is spared elimination.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap461.jpg"></center></p>She could barely contain her emotion as she received her picture from Tyra.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap464.jpg"></center></p>She looked so angelic--truly like a little girl--as she thanked the panel for allowing her to continue.

And were those . . . tears that we saw in her shining eyes?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap468.jpg"></center></p>Yes. Any viewers who watched to the end of the episode saw Whitney wiping away tears from her eyes, as the eliminated candidate said her farewells. The episode began with Whitney saying, <i>"Every time I'm in panel, I always feel like I'm going to break down in tears"</i>--and this time, touchingly, she did.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep11/cap488.jpg"></center></p>Despite her third heart-stopping near-elimination, Whitney has moved on to the final four, which is the highest position that any plus-size model has ever reached in <i>ANTM.</I>

We look forward to the coming episode, and earnestly hope for her success.

- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZVFWy6LRd0&fmt=18" target="_blank">Click here to view video excerpts</a>

7th May 2008, 04:03
First, I have to say thank you all so much.

I adore Whitney. My entire family is cheering her on.

Yeah, some of the emaciated girls could be models, but I am sooo tired of looking at those kinds of models. Fans of the skinny are outraged that Whitney can actually be liked. That her full figure could beat the size 0 ideal that they hope to starve to be. Whitney is the only one to have the looks, the personality and the poise to be a model and a Covergirl spokesperson.

She was in the bottom 2 with Lauren. Lauren couldn't walk, speak or hold herself with confidence the entire season. She was bottom 2 with Katarzyna. Katarzyna has the eyes of a dead fish and she's a major snore.

What is left is Whitney, Dominique, Fatima and Anya. I'd rather have Whitney the Warrior Princess tell me about new lipstick shades than any of these Corpse Brides.

7th May 2008, 10:44
My wife and I are also pulling for Whitney, but we have watched a few seasons of ANTM and as fans of the show we can see the writing on the wall for Whitney (all due to an inherent bias against plus-size models). I secretly hope that she'll make it another week (as the models they have left aren't even on the same playing field as Whitney, yet she's the one that's continually in the bottom two because the deck is stacked against her).

Whitney is showing everybody that plus-size models can compete, but it is unfortunate that the show is biased against them.

M. Lopez
7th May 2008, 14:21
the photographer and creative director <i>faulted</i> her for having a figure, and for showing it off

they required her to look smaller, to diminish her womanly curves. They asked her to cave in her chest, to compress herself visually. Their every direction expressed an antagonism towards voluptuousness, and a preference for a minimized shape. Other girls were unaccountably praised for exhibiting "angles" (of all things), for having figures that looked "broken." But Whitney, by nature (as a plus-size model), did not pose in that manner. Her movements adhered to an entirely different style--Classically beautiful, and therefore more appropriate for her own luscious figure, and more fitting for the opulent aesthetic of the wardrobe and the location.
I was dismayed by this as well. Whitney's initial poses were much more beautiful.

I can't blame Tyra too much, since she's been very supportive of Whitney throughout the show. But she has internalized the fashion industry's preference for angles over curves, which is all wrong.

It's this kind of thinking - favouring angular shapes over round shapes - that lead to the preference of emaciated models over shapely models in the first place. There needs to be a complete rethinking of the fundamentals of "high fashion" photography, a renewed appreciation of roundness over angularity, of soft shapes over "broken" shapes, to allow the full-figured aesthetic to return.

But I'm excited that Whitney has managed to overcome every obstacle thus far. I hope she continues to succeed.

7th May 2008, 16:57
Note, by the way, how appropriate are Whitney's various backdrops--the Victor Emmanuel memorial, seen earlier, and the dome of St. Peter's, shown here. As monuments to kings and popes, they invoke notions of primacy and pre-eminence (characteristics that suit Whitney extremely well).
That's a clever detail. Whoever wins the competition, I'd like to believe that those backgrounds secretly suggest that the show's producers/judges know who the real top model is, and would give her the top honour, if they were allowed to do so.

Here's a link to a high-quality version of Whitney's Renaissance picture. For me, it's tied with the "fetus" image of a few weeks ago as my favourite Whitney photograph from the show thus far.


But as with that picture, I wonder what the other photos looked like. If the screencaps are any indication, they must have been beautiful.