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So CJ is gone. We only have 11 in the house! I made it! We get up at 6, there is an e-mail saying "There is a ride downstairs. It's gonna be scary, take a deep breath!" We are not allowed to have absolutely any product on us. No lotion, nail polish, lip gloss, hair product! It has to be an underwater shoot! I'm not sure what I'm gonna do. I am not going home because I can't swim or float! I guess I'm gonna learn something really fast! I don't think I have ever even had my whole head underwater for more than half a second. I'm terrified!
So we finally, after a two-hour ride in Cadillac Escalades through the hills, arrive at a big white very modern house in Connecticut! I look through the windows and see very artsy beautiful photographs. Yay! We go to the backyard and there is Tyson and Nicole standing there wrapped in leather and fur and it's cold! Guess what they are standing by? A big pool! We are introduced to Howard Shatz. He comes over wearing sneakers, insulated sweat pants, and apolar fleece jacket. His eyes are icy blue and very king. As he shakes our hands he already knows my name. Hmm he must know I can't swim.
He tells us he's done underwater shoots for years. The most important thing is to listen to him and he will make sure we are safe and we will get a shot. We will have practice he will show how to breathe and he will take as much time as we need. It's 30-40 degrees and we are told to change into the bathing suits (in these port-o-potty size tents), two-piece itsy-bitsy Calvin Klein bikinis for the gals and Speedos for the guys. They have big fluffy robes so we're wrapped up and then wait for everyone to change. Then we wipe our feet on a towel and get in. We get our wish for a hot tub.
I end up being the only one left in the pool with Howard. I am literally panicky. He says all I have to do is be able to keep my head under the water for 20 seconds. Water goes in my nose and I feel like I'm drowning. I don't know how not to swallow water when it's in your mouth and nose and it's all around you. I feel helpless because i didn't know how to deal with this. I feel smothered, my chest feels tight. I want to cry. Yes, I know it's only water and I know it's just in my head but how the heck am I to get a calm sweet picture underwater when I feel like it's trying to kill me. After 30 minutes Eon the lifeguard told me to keep a little air in your lungs and nose and tilt your head down a little and it will help. After that I felt like I could maybe do it. Sandhurst says to slightly blow out and to control the water not to let it control me. Finally I get out not panicking anymore but just scared. This is the first time in my life I think I've ever had my whole body under the water for more than two seconds!
When it's my turn to shoot, Howard tells me I can hold on to the edge while I shoot. No way! I have to do this. It's a chance of a lifetime and i want a totally underwater fashion picture for my book. I'm still beyond tense. As soon as we start shooting I forget that I'm scared and realize this is a job and I want to be great. He tells me emotions and I convey them well even underwater! He said I was the best actor of the group. This is the best shoot so far for me. I feel like Howard should be a psychiatrist; he is so amazing to work with. He changed me from being petrified of water to wanting to keep shooting for hours! I feel like I just conquered a huge fear. This shoot has changed my life. If I can do this I should push myself and do many more things I think aren't possible. Howard and the whole experience is changing my life!
I feel sick from being cold all day.
Runway, we girls are fire guys are ice. My dress is amazing! It hugs my body like a glove, so hot. Perou's comment is that I had a horizontal movement in my hips. I'm girlfriend sexy not model sexy. Lose some butt! I get it! Gabriel gets sent home because they don't think he can take a great picture and they don't think he has personality. Bullshit. Gabriel has amazing humor, he is educated, has great manners, and look at his work he has done outside of this competition. He got screwed and portrayed totally wrong. Sandhurst wins immunity; he deserves it.
I think you really did a great job during the photo shoot! I admire your spirits.
Hope you can lose some weight to get your perfect image and to win a job !!!
Sup Salome. I think your the most prettiest girl in the house even though you can't swim. I am a professional swimmer myself so it was a little amusing to watch you. But I think you did a great job. You were so determined to get a good photo and I knew there was something special in you. well try to loose some pounds so you can beat everyone in the house. Exept Brandon(I think he's to cute to even be true) Have fun and enjoy the time you spend there because an oppertunity like that does'nt come around often. Bye!
You are our favorite- I was so proud of you in the swimming pool shoot. You are a beautiful young lady-inside and out!
You are my favorite. You have a perfect face, tons of presence and an ability to emote to the camera. BUT you have got to get that figure under control. It doesn't have to be stick thin, just toned and tight. In a sense models are athletes. You should have been doing what Kerryn has been doing after your first measuring. Given your competitive nature I can't believe you let it slip. Look at Gabe. He was one of my top picks because of his striking face, but the poor man couldn't learn to project his presence, both in film and on the catwalk, in time to save himself. It was painful to watch. So get it together girl! I don't want to see you go, and I know you have it in you to win this competition.
Was that pool heated? Also, did you feel like you could not grab the side in that part where you were struggling? I felt so sorry for you. You are amazingly beautiful and your pictures are spectacular. Good Luck! I hope you win.
I thought you did a good job in the pool and I really appreciate that you have friends like Jordan and Sandhurst. They were the only ones who looked out for you and tried to help you. And then Jordan rewarded you for all your hard work and you cried when she picked you - you made me cry to. That was a nice moment between you two.
You were great in that pool! I was pulling for you. I thought that the photographer was wonderful both in skill and kindness.
I like your spirit and cooperative attitude, you are an amazing woman and I wish you the best. Carolyn
You are my fav girl on this show ,so beautiful . your eyes lips and cheeks are stunning. And ps. girl to girl your body is amazing .I don't care what the judges think . I think models need not be thinner then you! Good luck sweetie!
Salome, My wife and I are both physicians. We both agree that your figure is absolutely perfect. It's disturbing that the fashion industry actually encourages anxorexia (and apparently fans here encourage that too). Jordan was clearly anorexic in that swimsuit go-see. You're a beautiful woman with a healthy body. Be toned and athletic, but don't lose an ounce. That's not fashion industry advice, but it's healthy advice.
The most amusing thing was the designer who said you didn't look good in her swimsuit. As if she could have ever gotten into one of those suits.
Salome, Bravo! The best way to smash your fear is to face it and do it;and you did!!! Way to go. I know how it is to not want to work out but let me tell you, from someone that knows, once you get into it you will enjoy it and want to do it more and more. It makes you feel so good!! Push yourself,girl. I wish you luck in the competition. Stay real, don't get bitchy and snobby. Good Luck.
Thank you everyone for you support! I was laughing along with everyone else watching myself trying to learn to deal with water. I am taking swimming lessons now! I agree with my ass being to big for high fashion... I am working on it as much as is possible! Thank you for all the encouragement!
Hey girl, Saw you at the A-list awards last Sunday. Looking GOOD :-) Luved the way y'all got excited when Sandhurst showed up. Best of luck to you and all the world has to offer. Peace ps. you rocked the pool shoot!! Go Girl
I hate that you're getting so much crap for your weight. You're absolutely gorgeous!! You're my favorite right now because I just really love your attitude and humor. Personally, I'm scared of you losing weight...I don't want you to look like a Holocaust survivor!! I think someone else was right on...perhaps it's about toning up, not losing weight. I still think it sucks that models have to look so damn emaciated. It's disturbing to look at.
I loved your comment about " I had to put on a Small instead of an X-small". What the hell is wrong with these people? You're gorgeous and beautiful and healthy skinny. I'd rather see a beautiful healthy girl than hear about another model passing out or dying because of an eating disorder. Enough is Enough. Don't do anything to your body unless it's for yourself and it's what will make you happy because ultimately it's your body and unless it makes YOU happy, to hell with what everyone else says!
You absolutely rock Salome! I've been your fan since the first episode. I am so proud of you overcoming your fear and putting out a fantastic underwater photo. I can't wait to see where your career takes you once you are done with this contest. Don't worry about thinking you are fat. You are perfect already for many types of modeling jobs! Congrats! XOXO!