Nigel Barker

Previously on Oxygen's The Face, some of our aspiring models got down in Coco's choreography test shoot... while others refused to give up.  In the campaign Team Coco and Team Karolina tried to spring ahead but fell short, Team Naomi won for the 3rd time in a row yet quickly proved that winning is only half the battle. Back in the elimination room Naomi sent home Karolina's girl Madeleine and saved Coco's girl Stephanie. 

This week we got straight to business — shoe business that is, as our test shoot was a TV commercial for one of the most celebrated shoe designers in the world, Christian Louboutin.  Selling those fancy red-soled pumps was only half the job tasked to the ladies, as the girls had to work with a male model, creating a chemistry that would leave us all a little flushed.  To show us how to sell on camera, the legendary Naomi Campbell demonstrated the art of raw authentic sex appeal with none other than her good friend Amar'e Stoudemire.  This of course had all the girls drooling at his dropped basket balls, while perhaps they should have been paying more attention to Naomi's Eartha Kitt-like seduction.  Of course, being a pretty face isn't enough when shooting a TV commercial; it's about the way you shimmy that façade, not just how you wear it.

Much to the disappointment of the girls (and probably for their own good) Amar'e didn't stick around long enough for them to practice on him as he was replaced by an actual male model.  Jocelyn's usual I-got-this mentality delivers a totally dead performance, Margaux is straight up awkward, Devyn wasn't too bad, Ebony needed some polish, Zi Lin almost had it down when, out of nowhere, sweet Stephanie turned full force vixen as soon as the cameras started rolling.  I had to leave Sandra to last; the girl improvised a big red kiss to the male model's neck, which had us all in stitches.  The only person who wasn't straight up dying form laughter was Sandra, who absolutely never likes to be laughed at.  At that point Sandra just about turned to grand stand against Naomi... bad move girl.  There's a reason why Naomi's title is SUPERmodel and Sandra's is ASPIRING model.  Naomi said whatevs and left, while Sandra was disqualified.  Stephanie won and strut off in a pair of Louboutins! 

After such a dramatic start to the week the stakes only got higher with the girls competing as teams for this week's campaign for the online boutique OpenSky.  Each team had to pick an item, that they could all personally relate to, and authentically sell it to a worldwide audience on camera; Yes, The Face got totally personal.  Well, selling your passion sounds easy enough right?  That's what the ladies thought until they discovered a particular nuance that separates supermodels from the rest of the wannabes.   It's called having natural chemistry with the product, with each other ,and most importantly with the camera.  Team Naomi was set on selling lip gloss but Naomi nixed that idea as boring.  Zi Lin suggested a bean bag (let's just hope she can pronounce it on camera moving forward-just saying!).  Team Karolina decided to go with hair pomade and Karolina loved the fact that they all used it and on the kids too.  Team Coco ended up picking a black jacket which definitely fit Stephanie but left Margaux searching for her personality somewhere in an inside pocket (ouch!).   

After workshopping their ideas the teams had 20 minutes to shoot one take of the 60 second video for their products.  First up was Team Karolina who started off shaky but after rising above the jitters, she got into the swing of things.  Next up was Team Coco and although Stephanie was riding high, Margaux looked defeated before she began. Finally Team Naomi was up and in chorus no less with Zi Lin reading her script in Mandarin, Sandra came out kicking and Jocelyn seemed to lack focus...

John Kaplan, CEO and Founder of OpenSky, was on-hand to judge the teams and loved what he saw from everyone!  One of the things he reminded us of was: making a mistake is fine as long as you are honest about it; The audience wants to believe you really like the product and actually care about it, they are buying your personal interest in it so to speak.  That said, the three teams' performances were very different, varying in style and the wide-ranging products they chose. 

The winning team will get to promote a line of products on OpenSky and each member gets a $1000 to spend on OpenSky.  Of course only one team could win; we saw team Karolina dethrone Team Naomi (ending their winning streak) and outshine Team Coco.  It's been a while since we had Supermodel bombshell Karolina Kurkova in the Elimination room and she meant business. Coco had the unusual decision of putting her experienced model Margaux up for elimination.  Naomi decided on Sandra which is really no surprise considering her weeks performance (trying to front on Naomi didn't help much either, girl). 

What would Karolina's strategy be? I was asking myself if she'd send home the weakest model and protect her own models or would she save the best possible face?  Let's not forget that to be "The Face," personality is key.  We had Sandra with personality in abundance, but who often flies off the handle, and we had Margaux who, despite her obvious physicality and professionalism, basically flat lines whenever she opens her mouth. Karolina went in hard on the girls and gave them the third degree.In the end both girls were sniffling wrecks and Karolina chose to keep Margaux — tissue please! 

The result ends in a supermodel rumble....proving that our supermodels have more than a little passion for their teams. You mess with their models, they're going to supersize it!

Next week's episode takes us to the red carpet, Wendy Williams and supermodel catwalk legend Pat Cleveland is on hand to mentor the girls.All that and more adding up to supermodel explosions of the bedazzling kind!

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