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Australia’s Next Top Model – Episode 2

It seems to be a part of the Australia’s Next Top Model formula now that there must be a bogan on there to be looked down on and laughed at.

I actually find it a bit classist, with both the contestant’s and judges looking down their nose at the uneducated working class girl Kimberley.

They get to pick on her manner of speech, her dress sense, and her personality. She in turn wanders around looking perplexed and alone as everyone ignores her. Why is being working class so wrong on this show, is it because it is every thing that is the anthesis of fashion?

This sector of society does not get in a lather over a $1000 pair of shoes or a statement handbag. Also it appears if you are a bogan you are automatically thought to be stupid. Kimberley looks like she is struggling with the competition, and it all appears to come to a head next week.

On the other side of the coin, I don’t find her at all model like and think she may be being kept in because of this friction in this house.

Last week I was prepared to give the girls the benefit of the doubt for not knowing Grace Kelly last week, but Brooke Shields? I thought Brooke was an icon that crossed generations, and she is not THAT old.

The girl’s first challenge was a genes for genes day grab to camera for a viral marketing campaign. And if you did not get that this whole episode was sponsored by Levis then who did you think was sponsoring it? As the beaver was nowhere in sight.

Erin McNaught was also there and was coaching the girls from behind the camera. She told the girls they must “inject your own personality into it” and they must “enunciate their words”.

Erin really liked Kelsey, and I wonder if it was because they look alike.

Up next was the Channel V challenge where the girls had to style themselves and talk to camera with V Jay Danny Clayton.

This test was to see if they could read from an autocue, and putting up with Danny taking the piss out of them. He was in his element as it was probably the first time he felt more intelligent then the person he normally stands beside on camera.

Jessica ended up winning the challenge, and probably because she knew the meaning of collaboration.

Sophie struggled a bit with toning down the cheesiness, and  Charlotte said Kimberly needs to know about fashion. Could Charlotte also tell this to Josh Flinn when she see him as the short sleeve denim shirt with the sparkles was not great.

Next it was on to the photoshoot where they were to be photographed wearing denim on some scaffolding. Kimberley was told she was unprofessional as she was talking and joking between shots. Chantel was all legs akimbo and Megan just looked plain dull.

The bottom two were Megan and Kimberley with Megan going, something the Jez Smith was opposed to.

It is taking me awhile to get into ANTM this year but hopefully after a few more people are eliminated the entertainment factor might ramp up again.

6 comments

1 Where is the personality { 07.28.10 at 7:58 am }

I’m not sure about anyone else but I am finding this season pretty boring. The girls are way too young and immature. I felt sorry for the ‘bogan’ girl. I’m sure she’s a decent person but devoid of a few brain cells and she just has no idea. I’m still trying to work out what the winner of the challenge looks like ? So far I’m going with a 90 year old lady crossed with Willow from buffy. She’s quite scary looking.

2 Fiona { 07.28.10 at 1:29 pm }

The Australian version seems to focus on very young girls who inevitably are immature and not very interesting to watch on television, compared with the American girls who are often a bit older and have more personality. I am getting tired of having it shown how little some of these girls know, they seem to have zero interest in any fashion icons, designers or anything prior to 2 years ago.

3 Sherrin { 07.28.10 at 5:53 pm }

I don’t know why there is all the bogan bashing. And I feel they deliberately choose naive young girls without a clue to really perpetuate the ‘dumb model’ cliche, I’m know there are plenty of amazing looking girls with at least half a brain out there. Seems to me it’s not only the girls who are naive if anyone has seen the social media trainwreck that is Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry Duo http://bit.ly/c37Tkl

4 Sherrin { 07.28.10 at 5:54 pm }

I don’t know why there is all the bogan bashing. And I feel they deliberately choose naive young girls without a clue to really perpetuate the ‘dumb model’ cliche, I’m know there are plenty of amazing looking girls with at least half a brain out there. Seems to me it’s not only the girls who are naive if anyone has seen the social media trainwreck that is Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry Duo http://melindatankardreist.com/2010/07/how-can-sarah-murdoch-lend-her-good-name-to-this-toxic-show/

5 Gillian { 08.02.10 at 10:47 am }

I finally got around to watching the show on IQ. I’ve found never any of the ANTM shows appealing. For the most part, the girls seem to have very ugly personalities and it doesn’t interest me to see the bullying and fighting onscreen. Nice guys or girls finish first in reality TV as far as I’m concerned.

6 Reality Raver { 08.02.10 at 12:00 pm }

I agree the girls are too young so personality wise most are pretty unevolved.

Sherrin apparently Charlotte Dawson has lost an $18,000 endorsement deal from the facebook episode.