Bondage Storytelling

Debbie shares her past, and her thoughts on all this season's models.

We asked Catwalk-coach Debbie Deitering to weigh in on the models this week, and she responded by writing this totally awesome take on pretty much all the thoughts she's had on "Make Me a Supermodel" from the beginning. Enjoy!

So, what is it that I do?

Well, I was a successful runway and print model in the '90's. When I retired my stilettos -- I started to miss it, so I started teaching girls in agencies (DNA, One, Marilyn Gaulthier, Elite). The method I use is to teach the girls and boys to walk from the core, mostly through the stomach muscles. I think it gives a more graceful, fluid line and a more stable walk. Common mistakes that I see in new faces are often a lack of confidence, one arm swinging more than the other, leaning back too far, leading with the legs or shoulders, and cocking the head side to the side, walking too hard on the heels, and walking the way they think models are supposed to walk (the horse). Boys seem to have more problem loosening up than girls do, they are very stiff, and they over think it.

With this cast, we meet once a week before the catwalk show. We work on the theme of the week. The first week was "basics", and the second week was "fun and spontaneous" and we worked on different characters and themes that can be portrayed on the catwalk. The following day is the catwalk show and although the models can figure out what the show is a little by the theme of the week, they have no idea what they will be wearing, and what the mood is. I work backstage with them, do a run through, and help them each with their walk for that day.

These are my impressions for week one and two.

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Dominic- Although he had the right look, Dominic's personality was just as bad as his walk. He was very stiff and he did not take direction well.

Sarah- Sarah was the opposite of Dominic, she had this shining, sweet personality, but her look and body were not right for catwalk.

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Aryn- Aryn works so hard! I think that she needs to chill out and start enjoying the experience a little more, it will show in her work. Her runway walk is the best of the girls, but she needs to relax her facial expression.

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Ben- Ben thinks he looks stupid when he is on the runway, and it shows. He also has no experience at all, and I get the feeling that he has no idea what a model is. I don't think he has ever really looked at a fashion magazine. I love that about him though!
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Casey- The first week, Casey's walk was the worst for me. He over-thinks his walk, and his mechanics are horrible, but I think if he practices a lot he will be able to figure it out. The second week he was the only one of the boys who gave some energy to his walk.

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Frankie- Frankie did well compared to the other boys the first show. But, he is a little too Rico Suave. He needs to connect with what he is wearing better on the runway. His walk is way too arrogant.
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Holly- Holly's walk is cute, and when that is what is asked for she is great. But, she needs to get in touch with her femininity and learn a little about sex appeal. Her innocence is part of what makes her so beautiful, and she needs to start realizing that she can translate that into a sexy photo or walk.

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Jacki- Jacki walks well and is very confident, but, from what I have seen so far, I have only seen her fierce walk and I wonder if she can bring out her softer side more on the runway.
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Jay- The first practice session, I thought Jay's walk was odd. He went home, changed every thing I said, and made his walk so much better. If he could give it in the face, his walk would be really great, but like Ben, he has no experience, and when I told him to change his expression, he did, but it looked worse. He needs to work on his presence.

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Katy- Our southern Belle. Katy is working very hard on her body and her walk. I think she moves her head too much when she walks, but she takes direction so well that I am confidant that she will change it.
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Perry- You can see that he has that "It factor." I think Tyson messed him up a little by telling him that his walk was good. I don't think his walk was very good at all. He swings his arm from the elbow instead of the shoulder, and he is rushing a bit.

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Ronnie- Ronnie has the best personality. He is so much fun. He tends to be a little catalogue and cheesy on the runway. He needs to toughen it up a little bit. I don't know if he can do edgy yet, he is a little too Ken doll.
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Shannon- Shannon's walk was terrible at the first practice! She leans way too far back, and her arms were all over the place. It seems to get better every week. I think she needs to stop acting and behaving how she thinks a model is supposed to be, and start showing her personality a little more. I like Shannon's look, she is very high-fashion, but when you are that tall you really have to own it.

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Stephanie- Stephanie has never done runway before, she needs to work on her presence a bit, but her basic skills are good. I like her more each week. She seems to really love it. Her look and body are good for runway, you can put anything on her.
My overall impression- I think that these kids do not understand that it is so much more than walking and looking good. The supermodels I love bring something of themselves to the runway. Giselle with her fierce Brazilian bombshell walk, Kate with her girl/ woman hot thing going on, Christy Turlington with her classic beauty and grace. They are all beautiful girls and boys, but it takes a lot more than that.

Now, on to Week Three:

Week three was all about pairs and chemistry, they wore equestrian/ bondage clothing, and were asked to do a flourish at the end of the runway. They were asked to walk with the person they did their photo shoot with, to work as a team and have chemistry, come up with their little "story" together, and help each other with their weaknesses.

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Aryn and Jay- They did not seem to have any chemistry. Aryn really tried with Jay, but he walked down the runway with a totally disconnected look in his eyes (I told him to show emotion in his eyes), and he did not seem to connect with her at all.
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Ben and Katy- Ben and Katy were rushed before the show, she only found out what she was wearing right before the show started. I thought they did well under the pressure. I did not think Ben's walk was keeping in character, but when they posed, they had chemistry. They were cute, but Katy had to carry the whole thing.
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Frankie and Holly- These two had no chemistry. She was doing a cute, flirtatious number, and Frankie was walking into a sunset on a pirate ship. They had no connection, and that was what we asked for.
portfolio_ep03_05_tazo.jpg Jacki and Stephanie- Chemistry! These two worked really well together. They paced themselves well, they had the best energy, and their flourish was hot, and sexy, and you really felt a connection with them. They were my favorite for the week.
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Ronnie and Shannon- They were great! The theme they came up with worked real well, and even though they were not as sexy as some of the others, they connected well with one another. They had it.
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Casey and Perry- How funny was that? They played their roles well. Perry showed Casey up a bit, just because his walk was so much better. But, their thing at the end was great, and they did not break character, which must of been hard. They got real into it, maybe a bit too much? hmmmm.

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