When Kathy Griffin joined the judges' panel for the Oct. 26 episode of America's Next Top Model, the challenge had the girls posing as in-your-face icons -- with one team as Snooki from Jersey Shore and the other team as The Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes. Talk about giving beauty face with attitude. . .
Team NeNe featured the fierce competitors Laura, Lisa, Alexandria, Angelea, and Dominique.
Who was the best NeNe? Zap2it ran down the competition: "Laura has a really fun photo. Angelea looks beautiful. Dominique is standing up in her picture. . . Alexandria's picture is not my favorite. . .but the judges love it. Lisa's NeNe is gorgeous. Completely high fashion." Sure enough, Lisa won the challenge.
But most importantly, what did NeNe think?
No big surprise there - she loved the attention, Tweeting, "I'am [SIC] so HONORED @tyrabanks & Americans Next Top Model choose 2 portray me as a challenge on tonites episode." She joked with a follower, "RT @Esquirediva1973: @NeNeLeakes @tyrabanks I NOTICED ALL THE NENE.S WERE PICKED 1ST....GET IT"
The Bravoleb even had a kind word for Bianca, who was eliminated after her Snooki photos (and snobbery) left the judges cold: "Good job tonite on ANTM @BiancaGolden when 1 door closes, a million more will open."
Nene should know -- after her own elimination from Celebrity Apprentice, she's going stronger than ever. To find out how she got her swagger -- was it from her stripper past? -- get the story of her pre-'Wife life in our "Atlanta Housewives Before They Were Stars" special airing Sunday at 10/9 C.
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