Outside the Box

Bravotv.com's Editor explains why she likes this season so much better than the last.

Hi, Supermodel fans! Since not all of you will have read my Team Top Chef blog, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Monica Reyhani and I'm Editor at Bravotv.com, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on every episode of Season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel. I actually haven't had the pleasure of meeting these fine models yet, so my perception of them is based purely on watching the show, just like you guys. OK -- that's a lie. I met Colin, and he was instantly my favorite. More on that later.

I'm totally neglecting my final Team Top Chef duties right now, but I wanted to see what you guys thought of the season premiere of Season 2. Honestly, I have to admit I wasn't the biggest fan of Season 1, and since my nickname around the office is "superfan" that's saying a lot. I just couldn't get into it. I didn't find myself cheering for any of hte models — not even Ben or Ronnie (who's super-nice in real life.) But this season, I'm all over it. I got the first two episodes awhile back, and I found myself kinda hooked. So I really hope you guys notice the improvements and enjoy this season as much as I do so far.

OK — first, if you missed the casting special we aired which went more in-depth into who these models are, I'm preeetty sure you can still download it for free on iTunes. But I'll have to check.

Anyway, let's dive right into the first episode: Before the models even get to check out their amazing apartment, they are taken to their first photo shoot, where they meet Tyson. I gotta say, even Tyson is looking better this season! Tyson is officially the boys' mentor this season — he basically was last season too, but now, well, it's official. The girls will be mentored by model Nicole Trunfio who makes a dramatic entrance from inside the hanging glass cube. The models have to pair up and create intimate moments inside the box while wearing sleepwear. Most of the pairs didn't do that well, either having zero chemistry or getting too racey (I'm talking to you Jonathan and Laury.) Um, did she lick his face?! I'm sure his wife loved that. And I guess Salome and Gabriel had chemistry because he got wood. I asked Tyson whether that ever happened to him on a shoot (I've always wanted to ask him that. I kid, I kid), and I was actually shocked that he said it hadn't, and siad it's very unprofessional. I dont know — I think sometimes it's hard to control those things, but hopefully that's the last we'll hear of that problem becuase i was semi-grossed out and kind of mortified for Gabriel. I have to say my favorites in this shoot were probably Salome and Sandhurst. I'll say right now that I'm choosing Sandhurst to win the whole thing, and if he doesn't, he certainly has a long modeling career ahead of him. The boy is GORGEOUS. My other favorite, as I mentioned before is Colin. If youve read any of my other blogs, you know I always fall for the chic geek, and Colin is adorable. We'll put the virgin thing aside for a sec, but his bone structure is ridiculous. I also love him because he told me he listens to indie music and he watches Gossip Girl! (Check out the "XOXO" sign-off at the end of all of his diary entries.) Anyway, I'm sure yu'll notice a severe bias towards them in every entry I write.

Salome won the shoot in the end and had the opportunity to go on a go-see to Catherine Malandrino's studio, whose clothes I love and can't fit into. She got to take one girl, and she brought CJ. She made a comment about how she brought her because she wasn't competition, and everyone seemed to think that was rude, but if you read all of the models' diaries, you'l'l see that they actually all agreed. And don't feel too bad for Ms. CJ. Watch next week's episode and you'll see why. Neither of them does particularly well with the opportunity, and although Tyson though CJ looked better in Malandrino's clothes, I have to respectfully disagree. I thought Salome looked more runway. She justt couldn't walk the walk yet.

After the girls get back, Cory makes a surprise visit so he can check out the models' bodies, and, um, so we can check out the models' bodies. Not sure if you caught the casting special, but they literally circled the fat on the models. I felt like i was watching Lifetime's Dying to Belong (best made-for-TV movie ever!) Some of the guys have a lot of lifting to do, and some of the girls need a little less booty, but overall, everyone seemed like they'd be in good shape soon.

The clothing on the catwalk was divine, and some of you may recognize some of the looks (especially the beautiful dresses worn by Amanda, Salome, and Karen) as original Christian V. Siriano. It was odd seeing them come down another runway as I had the pleasure of attending the show they were designed for, but every time I see them, I'm floored at how well they are made. Again, I was shocked at how natural Sandhurst looked. I honestly think he could walk in a show right now. No one else really impressed me, but I was sad for Colin. He'll get it. I have to believe. I also have to believe they'll stop styling his hair so poorly.In the end Ken goes home. Eh. I'm not invested enough int he models yet to care, but I have to say he's not my look. Like the judges said, he's kind of the average sporty guy, which works for certain types of ads, but isn't very versatile.

Overall I think Sandhurst could take it all — I'm sure Salome and JOrdan's attitudes will get in their wayse. But you know, that Kerryn seems like a dark horse, and she seems to have good taste in men, so I'm down with her too.


Portraying the Sexy

Tyson Beckford offers his final words on the three finalists.

Bravotv.com: We have the finale. First, the three guys have to shoot those Polaroid pictures and it was kind of less is more in those pictures. Do you think that is harder to do?
Yeah, it’s just like an actor playing himself. It’s harder to play yourself than to play someone else.

Bravotv.com: What did that opportunity mean for them to shoot with that camera and that photographer?
It’s a once in a lifetime event. Probably by now, there’s not that much film left in the world for that camera. So, not too many people are really going to have a chance to shoot with it. I was fortunate to shoot with it at least three times in my career. And I also got to shoot with it while we were on the set as well.

Bravotv.com: Who do you think did the best in that part?
I believe it went to, I have to say, the first was Branden, then the second was Sandhurst, and then Jonathan. And then once they got to the photo shoot at Cosmo, Jonathan just did the same pose. Even when they were asking him to change, he still didn’t change. He just stood there. And he even admitted, “Yo, I’m stuck in neutral.” I guess under all that pressure, he couldn’t suffice. And then again, Sanhurst, when he was asked to do something, he too couldn’t portray that sexy. And then when Brandon was up there, he just had fun with it.
I think in the last episode you see Branden having the most fun, which helped determine why he was the winner. So, that’s why it came in third, second, first, the way that it did.

Bravotv.com: Do you think the right person won?
By that, episode, yeah, I think so. He clearly was the one to accelerate when it needed to be accelerated and I personally thought Sanhurst was going to take it but he fell short with the Cosmo cover. And then he did the thing of taking his shirt off, which loosened him up, but you’ve got to be able to keep your shirt on and still do the job.

Bravotv.com: And the final catwalk. You’ve kind of been critical of Branden’s catwalk. Did you see an improvement?
Yeah, It’s definitely better. It’s not up to supermodel status but that’s what the cards dealt. It definitely got better because he took my advice and kept his hands in his pocket so it avoided his arms looking like they were swaying. He’s got this "hip-hop homeboy" style of walking when his arms are out.Bravotv.com: What would your final advice for each of them be?
Don’t quit. They’ve made it this far. They’re definitely models. Look at Jonathan who booked a2xist underwear campaign ad, which should be coming out shortly. Sanhurst just has to get out there and get his grind on like you said Jennifer Hudson did with American Idol, but she sure won an Oscar. So don’t count him out just yet. Brandon, he’ll go overseas. He’s not just going to stay here in the U.S. He’ll definitely do what Holly did. We’ll send him overseas. We saw him grow up in front of us. Like his mom send, she sent me a boy and I sent her back a man.

Bravotv.com: Are you going to continue to mentor him at all?
I always stay close to all the kids. So when they call me, I’ll hook him up. You can’t not help him. Even thought I’m not so much in that business, but it’s like riding a bike — you never forget.

Bravotv.com: What can your fans expect from your movie career and producing?
The next one is going to have some action in it. No doubt about it. We’re definitely going to put down some action in this next movie

Bravotv.com: Are you actually acting in it? Or are you producing it?
I’m acting and producing in it. I was told that two other films that were definitely on the independent film festival tour are coming out soon.

Bravotv.com: Do have any parting words?
I thank all the viewers for watching and keeping us close to their heart.