View Full Version : ANTM: Whitney, ep.12

14th May 2008, 01:18
<br>The opening of last week's installment of <i>America's Next Top Model</i> picked up right where the previous episode left off, with Whitney having barely survived her second-in-a-row bottom-two appearance.

In the extra shot that the program provided from her nail-biting near-elimination, you can see how shaken Whitney was by the ordeal. Her confidence clearly took a serious blow.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap002.jpg"></center></p>On the ride back from panel to the girls' apartment in Rome, a vulnerable-looking Whitney described her feelings to her fellow competitors: <i>"I was completely shocked that the judges called my name. I could have been cut last week. That's nerve-racking."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap031.jpg"></center></p><i>"You don't like being in that situation. I definitely don't want to be there again."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap017.jpg"></center></p>She added, <i>"Now I definitely have to prove to the judges that I <strong>do</strong> want to be here."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap006.jpg"></center></p>But Whitney never lets her spirit be broken, never lets her good humour flag for long. She always rallies, drawing on an inner reservoir of strength.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap005.jpg"></center></p>And by the time the girls made it back to the apartment, her sunny disposition had returned.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap037.jpg"></center></p>For this, the penultimate Whitney episode, the show went out of its way to allow her full beauty to shine, giving her the most stunning appearance that she has ever had in her celebrated confessionals, with her hair arranged in thick, romantic waves.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap007.jpg"></center></p>She further described her state of mind as a series of flashback clips of her greatest <i>ANTM</I> moments played--including her most gorgeous footage ever, the glimpse of her soft figure decorated in ribbons in the post-makeover photoshoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap019.jpg"></center></p>She affirmed, <i>"For the past couple of weeks, I've been really nervous. I have to just not be posey, just be natural."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap021.jpg"></center></p>And she added, in one of her most noble statements to date--one that indicates that she truly is in the show for something larger than herself, for a principle, for a cause--<i>"Even making it this far, though, it still gets the word out. America, and </i>America's Next Top Model,<I> are ready for a plus-size model to win the competition."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap144.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>After this series of remarkably candid statements from Whitney, the show proceeded to one of its ever-popular domestic interludes. The contestants returned to their apartment to find it decorated with posters of the winner of <i>ANTM,</i> Cycle 9.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap041.jpg"></center></p>Even when Whitney is not at a shoot, and is simply relaxing at home, her face naturally generates photogenic expressions, like this imperious mien,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap044.jpg"></center></p>which shifts, in a flash, to a more soulful, feminine look.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap047.jpg"></center></p>Throughout the episode, the camera caught numerous scenes of Whitney eating--or having eaten--or at least being in the presence of food. Thank goodness that the young girls who are viewing this cycle are seeing at least one gorgeous young woman on television who is adamantly <i>not</i> starving herself.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap051.jpg"></center></p>Notice how buxom Whitney appears in this still. The composition of the shot, with the succulent fruit prominently placed in the background, is a subtle reinforcement of the correlation between natural beauty and robust health.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap048.jpg"></center></p>When viewing the video excerpts (linked below), don't miss an adorable bit of petulance from Whitney, as she expresses some understandable annoyance about another girl pilfering her stores, saying of her, <i>"And she's always taking other people's food. She always takes my food. Get your own damn food."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap065.jpg"></center></p>A quickly-glanced profile shot captured Whitney's most celebrated and gorgeous facial feature, the "slight rise" of a "slope toward the throat."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap053.jpg"></center></p>And in the video clip, don't miss what may be the most adorable domestic scene of Whitney yet (from which the following capture is taken), as she lets out an ever-so-cute, unself-conscious sigh, and sinks softly into her chair.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap073.jpg"></center></p><p><center>* * *</center><p>The following day brought the girls their challenge of the week. Beforehand, however, the camera caught this remarkable shot of Whitney combing her magnificent tresses, looking for all the world like a mermaid of fable and folklore.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap074.jpg"></center></p>The challenge was a novel and interesting one--the girls were asked to switch roles from models to photographers, and to shoot one of the cycle's judges, model Paulina Porizkova.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap079.jpg"></center></p>When a model is as beautiful as Whitney, it seems contrary to nature for her to be behind the lens rather than in front of it, but Whitney did very well in this challenge.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap080.jpg"></center></p>One of her rival contestants said of her performance: <i>"Whitney comes across as real professional and that she knows what she's doing. She's directing Paulina here, knows that this is going to be the perfect lighting, and everything."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap094.jpg"></center></p>During the photo session, Paulina herself said of her work: <i>"Whitney was a lot of fun to shoot with as a photographer. She didn't hesitate."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap123.jpg"></center></p>Guest judge Ann Shoket, the editor-in-chief of <i>Seventeen</I> magazine, added, <i>"From your film, your beauty shots really hit your stride. The light was on her face, she looked beautiful. Those were really great photos."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap105.jpg"></center></p>When it came to the girls' evaluations, Paulina offered even more praise for Whitney's approach, saying, <i>"I actually really liked taking pictures with you, because you had sort of a firm hand, and you didn't hesitate, and you told me exactly what you wanted, when you wanted it, and it's, like, boom, boom, boom."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap002.jpg"></center></p><i>"And when somebody talks to you like that, you feel like they know what they're talking about."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap003.jpg"></center></p>But the most entertaining comments--as always--came from Whitney herself. In an on-location confessional, she observed, <i>"I actually had a lot of fun shooting the other girls, because I got to see what their strengths and weaknesses were."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap007.jpg"></center></p>She added--in one of those wonderful, uniquely Whitney moments of unself-conscious vanity that make her so irresistible, so beloved by her fans, <i>"It's nice to know that it's hard to find a good picture of my competition."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap009.jpg"></center></p>But really, no matter how accomplished her photography was, the scene was most rewarding for the simple fact that it featured many gorgeous images of Whitney in a natural setting.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap127.jpg"></center></p>The sunlight bathed her tresses in a golden glow, as if she were illuminated by a divine light.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap026.jpg"></center></p>Our favourite of the challenge pictures is this one, in which Whitney's face looks especially soft, and therefore utterly gorgeous.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap053.jpg"></center></p>But the image of the week, the loveliest picture of all from this episode, must be the following still, from one of her many beautiful confessionals. Notice how full, how intoxicatingly well-fed, her facial features appear here.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap084.jpg"></center></p>In this episode, for all of her girlish softness, Whitney exhibited a new-found resolve. She observed, <i>"The competition, honestly, is getting so fierce right now."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap117.jpg"></center></p>And with a determination that we haven't heard from her before, she added, <i>"This is my chance to prove to the judges that I am serious about this competition, to hold my place here, and make it very well known that I'm not going to give up without a fight."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap113.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>After the challenge, the episode continued with another domestic interlude, offering more gorgeous glimpses of Whitney in a casual setting.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap079.jpg"></center></p>She is so innately expressive that it is fascinating to observe the many different emotions that her facial features reveal during her conversations with her fellow competitors, from seductively haughty, above, to supremely confident, below,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap071.jpg"></center></p>to a humorous "Oh, really?" look, here:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap070.jpg"></center></p>Observe the classical beauty of her profile,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap091.jpg"></center></p>especially when her countenance is softened by a slight smile.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap098.jpg"></center></p>Fans are still divided whether Whitney's serious or joyful expressions show off her beauty best, but these contemplative moments argue for the former.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap095.jpg"></center></p>There is something coyly seductive about this picture.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap067.jpg"></center></p>The domestic interlude ended as it always does, with the arrival of the weekly "Tyra Mail" missive.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap082.jpg"></center></p>Whitney, as ever, was the girl tasked with reading the epistle, since her voice is the softest and clearest--and since this gave the cameraman an excuse to capture her lovely features in close-up.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap081.jpg"></center></p>When watching the video clip, don't miss a delightful moment at the end of this scene, when Whitney breaks the "fourth wall" and speaks directly to the camera, offering a witticism about the cryptic nature of their latest correspondence.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap086.jpg"></center></p>Before setting off for the episode's photoshoot, however, Whitney appeared in one more confessional, and struck perhaps the rawest, most determined tone that she has in the entire show to date.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap093.jpg"></center></p>She said, with sincere emotion, and with a new resolve in her voice, <i>"I've worked so hard to become part of the final four. I'm not finished. You know, this isn't... This isn't where I stop."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap096.jpg"></center></p>Listening to her words, looking at her beauty, the viewer cannot believe that she could ever be denied anything she wants.<p><center>* * *</center><p>Whitney looked particularly soft-featured and gorgeous as she arrived at the location for the week's main photoshoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap103.jpg"></center></p>The fact that her complexion has grown steadily fairer over the course of the competition has increased her beauty week by week.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap100.jpg"></center></p>Miss Thompson's appearance while being made up for photoshoots is every bit as attractive as is her final look. She seems to genuinely enjoy being beautified--and who can blame her?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap106.jpg"></center></p>Always acknowledging Whitney's healthy appetite, the camera even caught her eating during the behind-the-scenes preparations.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap116.jpg"></center></p>In a slightly risqué shot of Whitney's pin-up-girl legs, the camera also caught her in a state of partial undress. (Models must forego all modesty during photoshoots.)<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap110.jpg"></center></p>Once done up, Whitney appraised her own appearance with a haughty glance in the mirror, as if to say, <i>"All must worship me."</I> And who could resist such seductive vanity, such thrilling conceit?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap121.jpg"></center></p>But Miss Thompson's self-love is not wicked; rather, it is another component of her playful character. Look at how innocent and girlish she appeared just a moment later, listening attentively to the creative director's instructions.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap124.jpg"></center></p>Whitney's final look for this shoot was the loveliest that she has been given for any photo session in the entire competition.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap130.jpg"></center></p>It also highlighted her resemblance to Anita Ekberg. Given the Roman setting of this portion of the contest, it's a pity that this shoot did not involve a re-creation of the Trevi Fountain scene from <i>La dolce Vita.</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap126.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Whitney arrived on set looking utterly delectable, wowing every member of the crew.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap141.jpg"></center></p>The theme of the shoot was "Actress and boyfriend are caught in the glare of the paparazzi's lens," and Whitney showed off her curvaceous figure in every frame. Notice how her sinuous pose exhibits her curvy abdomen, as well as what Tyra refers to as her "booty."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap146.jpg"></center></p>The latter feature is on display in the following still.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap148.jpg"></center></p>The entire shoot was a tour-de-force of Whitney's modelling prowess, and it was remarkable to see how quickly and effortlessly she switched from one pose and expression to another. Note how, in this picture, she appears enamoured of her "boyfriend's" protective manliness,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap152.jpg"></center></p>while here, she exhibits the "surprised" look required by the theme of the shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap154.jpg"></center></p>Here she appears especially vulnerable and feminine (the most seductive of qualities), imploring her man to defend her. Note how luscious and full her figure appears in the picture.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap160.jpg"></center></p>Here is a particularly playful and eye-catching pose from Whitney. Her originality and creative is simply astonishing, and more evident here than in any episode since the Fuerza Bruta "water" shoot.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap165.jpg"></center></p>This image of an annoyed-looking Whitney is especially glamorous. Note how much her sumptuous beauty is enhanced by the fullness of her facial features, and by her thick tresses tumbling heavily over her shoulders, as if testifying to the model's alluring indolence.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap170.jpg"></center></p>A moment later, Whitney was playful again, and charming.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap172.jpg"></center></p>The next two stills show her blink-of-an-eye versatility, going from breathily sexy, here,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap177.jpg"></center></p>to seductively self-satisfied, here.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap173.jpg"></center></p>Another two-picture comparison shows how much she can communicate just by altering the look in her eyes, from wild and rapacious--hungry for more--here,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap178.jpg"></center></p>to an appetitive, come-hither look of invitation, here--as if saying, "Try to take me from him, if you dare."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap181.jpg"></center></p>One final two-picture comparison further attests to Whitney's modelling prowess. She seems cautiously curious here,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap188.jpg"></center></p>while here, she appears to be melting into her boyfriend's arms. What makes this pose so heart-stoppingly sexy is that the viewer perceives the alluring heaviness of her figure, as she leans with her full weight into her man's embrace.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap185.jpg"></center></p>A more distant shot is perhaps the best indication of her curvy abdomen.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap183.jpg"></center></p>But the supreme figure shot is this one. Notice that she isn't sucking in her waist, but is allowing the decadent countours of her profile to be clearly displayed.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap191.jpg"></center></p>Afterwards, the photographer offered an appraisal of Whitney's performance during the shoot,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap195.jpg"></center></p>and viewers were treated to a breathtaking close-up that highlighted her stunning hairstyle and soft face. The European setting harmonizes with Whitney's Old World look in a way that no modern location ever could. Her timeless beauty clearly belongs in an environment such as this.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap202.jpg"></center></p>In her post-shoot confessional, however, Whitney was uncommonly modest.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap138.jpg"></center></p>She admitted to the camera, <i>"I think that this shoot was really difficult."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap204.jpg"></center></p>Whitney added, <i>"I tried so many different emotions. I really tried angles with my boyfriend, and, you know, playing with him, and having fun."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap208.jpg"></center></p>The show added an instant-flashback of one of those fun moments.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap211.jpg"></center></p>Whitney even volunteered, <i>"I don't think it was my best shoot."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap220.jpg"></center></p>However, many fans would loudly disagree with this, as the shoot actually presented the model's beauty better than has any photo session to date.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap225.jpg"></center></p>And because Whitney is Whitney, she couldn't help but add one of her signature comments--albeit in an uncommonly modest voice: <i>"However, I felt like I looked really pretty."</i><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap231.jpg"></center></p>Don't miss the playful thumbs-up that she gives afterwards. Goddess that she is, Whitney also has a keen sense of humour, and great timing.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap232.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>The episode then showed one final domestic interlude before the week's judging. How delightful it was to see another glimpse of Whitney indulging herself. With her size-positive attitude, her unabashedly appetitive nature, and her extraordinary beauty, she is the best TV role model that young girls have today. She could single-handedly do much to counter the toxic "beauty=starvation" recipe that is otherwise foisted on young women.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap233.jpg"></center></p>With her hair still dressed in the gorgeous style that she was given for her photoshoot, Whitney's scenes in this domestic interlude were her loveliest ever.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap247.jpg"></center></p>Each image further confirmed the benefits of "voluptuous volume" as an aid to timeless beauty.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap240.jpg"></center></p>But despite her comeliness, Whitney--haunted by several weeks of near-eliminations--was not sanguine about her prospects in the forthcoming judging.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap252.jpg"></center></p>Her final and most gorgeous confessional revealed an uncertainty and modesty. She observed that <i>"Being in the bottom two twice in a row is really bad, and so far, in this competition, every girl that that's happened to has gone home the second time"</i>--a thought that weighed heavily on her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap243.jpg"></center></p>Yet somehow, Whitney managed to look gorgeous even while acknowledging these doubts. If anything, they enhanced her beauty still further.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap250.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>Despite her trepidation, Whitney entered the judging room as self-assured as ever.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap253.jpg"></center></p>She smirked during the lead-in,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap266.jpg"></center></p>and looked comfortable with herself as the prizes were announced.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap270.jpg"></center></p>Perhaps she revealed a glimmer of concern in the following still,<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap264.jpg"></center></p>but she approached the panel as poised as ever, ruddy with health and vitality.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap275.jpg"></center></p>The judges were rightly impressed with Whitney's picture. Paulina (not hitherto a vocal Whitney supporter) said, <i>"I think this is the first time that I've seen a photograph do you justice. This is how beautiful you actually are."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap279.jpg"></center></p>And Tyra added, <i>"I think your face looks absolutely stunning."</I><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap281.jpg"></center></p>Whitney looked serenely beautiful, utterly angelic, during the panel's critique.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap285.jpg"></center></p>However, some of the comments must have secretly annoyed her.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap294.jpg"></center></p>Whitney must have been especially nonplussed when Tyra commented, <i>"He is protecting you, and he's saying, 'Get away.' That's when you're supposed to almost be that woman, like, 'Oh, protect me. I'm weak.' 'Oh, help me, darling. Giuseppe, help me.'"</i> After all, as we noted in the screencaps from the shoot, that is exactly the mien that Whitney presented in several of the shots that were <i>not</i> selected for judging.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap299.jpg"></center></p>Runway coach J. Alexander said, <i>"You look like you're looking at Nigel, going, 'I know I'm fine,'"</i>--and yet, as noted above, Whitney had done much more than this in many of the shots throughout the photo session.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap302.jpg"></center></p>Guest judge Ann Shoket paid Whitney a somewhat-nice compliment, saying, <i>"You've got gorgeous shoulders. That's a great frame."</i> It is encouraging to hear a magazine editor praising a model's figure, not just her face.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap297.jpg"></center></p>Incidentally, here is a wider view of the show's judging room--an opulently-appointed chamber that suits Whitney's beauty to a T. Her Classical appearance harmonizes perfectly with the decor, especially by providing a feminine compliment to the masculine statuary.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap283.jpg"></center></p>Despite the unfair criticisms, Whitney left the panel exhibiting her usual good spirits.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap307.jpg"></center><p><center>* * *</center><p>During the panel's private deliberations--after the models left the room--one judge after another complimented Whitney's photo as a "beautiful picture," noting her "stunning face."<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap325.jpg"></center></p>Ann Shoket, however, added an remarkable comment about Whitney:<p><blockquote><i>"She should use some of that va-va-va-voom to her advantage. She's totally covering up her gorgeous body here, and she kind of has to own that sexiness a little bit."</i></blockquote><p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap327.jpg"></center></p>The irony of this was limitless, for two reasons: (1) just one week earlier, Tyra and Jay Manuel had actually <I>criticized</I> Whitney for flaunting her figure, and had required her to pose in such a way as to diminish her curves, and (2) as shown in the screencaps from the shoot, Whitney exhibited her curves in many of the photographs that were taken. She had no say in which image was selected for panel.

Let us hope that Shoket's comments indicate that whenever a plus-size model appears in <i>Seventeen,</I> said model will <i>not</i> be "covered up," and <i>will</i> be allowed to exhibit her "va-va-va-voom."<p><center>* * *</center><p>Observe the irresistible look of helplessness in Whitney's eyes as the girls were called back into the room. She surely thought that she would be going home.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap309.jpg"></center></p>And in the video clip, watch as there is a moment of stunned silence, and then an audible gasp, as Whitney's name is called. She could barely believe it.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap334.jpg"></center></p>Who can possibly watch the episode and not share Whitney's joy as she approaches Tyra to be "passed" into the final three?<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap335.jpg"></center></p>How radiantly happy she appeared, seemingly lit from within, as she received her picture.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap338.jpg"></center></p>"Dream come true" is the phrase that springs to mind.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap339.jpg"></center></p>Again, we saw that vulnerable, little-girl look in her eyes as Tyra acknowledged her abilities. This may be her most endearing expression of all.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap345.jpg"></center></p>She could barely contain her emotions as she quietly thanked the judges.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap350.jpg"></center></p>One more beautiful profile shot as she turned to proceed to the finalists' area.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap351.jpg"></center></p>However, there was no gloating in Whitney's face as she stood and watched the fourth candidate get cut.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap354.jpg"></center></p>Whitney has been in a similar position too often not to empathize with the ordeal of an elimination.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap357.jpg"></center></p>She graciously offered the eliminated contestant a warm hug--and just look at how angelic she appeared while doing so.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap362.jpg"></center></p>Whitney now proceeds to the final episode. A win for her is impossible, given the fashion industry's lingering prejudice against the fuller female figure--a prejudice that has been abundantly visible throughout this program. If the playing field were level, if the competition had been fair, she would easily be the victor--on beauty and on talent.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/cap364.jpg"></center></p>Also, the simple fact that Elite N.Y. has no plus-size division means that the final prize is one for which she is, yet again, covertly ineligible. Therefore, a third place showing is actually the "glass ceiling" for any plus-size model on the show, and always will be.<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/wt/ep12/0cap022.jpg"></center></p>Whatever her fate, Whitney has advanced further than any plus-size model before her, and has brought timeless beauty to a wider audience than ever before. Her run on <i>ANTM</I> has been a bona fide success story, no matter the outcome.

- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6K2iv9-69Y&fmt=18" target="_blank">Click here to view video excerpts</a>

M. Lopez
14th May 2008, 14:08
Ann Shoket, however, added an remarkable comment about Whitney:<p><blockquote><i>"She should use some of that va-va-va-voom to her advantage. She's totally covering up her gorgeous body here, and she kind of has to own that sexiness a little bit."</i></blockquote><p>The irony of this was limitless, for two reasons: (1) just one week earlier, Tyra and Jay Manuel had actually <I>criticized</I> Whitney for flaunting her figure, and had required her to pose in such a way as to diminish her curves
I know! When I heard that, I nearly yelled at the TV screen. Just the week before, she'd been slammed for showing off her curves, and now, she was being faulted for not doing so. And she did show off her figure in many of the poses in the photoshoot - just not in the picture that they choose. Aaargh.

I found another pro-Whitney blog entry, this one at a great page called "Not Dieting." (The writer has apparently given up dieting for one year - go girl!)


I'm so pumped that Whitney made it to the top 3! She is the only plus-size model on the show...I think Tyra wants a plus-size girl to win because she's gotten a lot of flak in the past from not letting a curvy model claim the prize. She talks a big game about size acceptance, but can she deliver? I hope so.

I noticed Whitney took Tyra's advice from last time, which was to not flaunt her boobs and booty. Tyra said modeling is not about overt sexuality (it isn't?) for bigger girls. She said plus-size models need to tuck in their bums and curve in their chests to look less... overt. This episode, the judges said they wish Whitney showed off her body more in her recent photo shoot. They seemed puzzled that she wasn't drawing attention to her curves. Tyra didn't say anything, but the camera flashed to her and she looked secretly embarrassed.

Why is society so uncomfortable seeing provocative, sexy pictures of [plus-size] women? If you flip through the pages of a fashion magazine you see tons of ads with skinny models posing in extremely sexually suggestive ways. This is not the case for plus-size models. Usually, they are posed to look friendly and harmless.
I'm glad that usually, Whitney (and the best plus-size models) DO pose in sexy ways. It adds excitement to the images, and actually makes the clothing look better.

Whatever happens tonight, I'm thrilled that Whitney made it this far - are more importantly, that she kept her size-positive attitude throughout the show.

14th May 2008, 17:00
It was painful to hear Tyra telling Whitney to diminish her curves in the previous episode, but I have to give her (Tyra) a lot of credit. She has been very supportive of Whitney thoughout the competition - more than any other judge - and she did give her the perfect makeover, which transformed her into a true goddess.

I think this episode was Whitney's absolute best in terms of appearance. She looked GORGEOUS - even more than before. Her hairstyles have been amazing throughout the show, but were sheer perfection last week.

Here's a behind-the-scenes still from her shoot with Nigel:


WOW. What a beauty.

And here's a link to a high-res version of the final photo:


14th May 2008, 22:29
The modeling industry is just sick. I don't see what's so high fashion about being hunched over anyway. It didn't do Quasimodo much good.

She looked great.