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America's Next Top Model Episode: "Take Me to the Photo Shoot"

Season 12, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Ciara surprises the models at their apartment and they join her on stage for a photo shoot. The models also play creative director for a photo challenge in which they style one another and direct a shoot. At panel, Tyra reveals the overseas location and reduces the seven ladies down to six.
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2009
Guest Cast Ciara
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Top Model Episode Recap: "Take Me to the Photo Shoot" Season 12, Episode 8

The models get a surprise visit by a celebrity guest for the second week in a row when musical artist Ciara stops by the apartment. For their photo shoot, the girls join the singer on stage to pose alongside her. At panel, Tyra reveals the overseas location the remaining girls will be setting out for after this week.

The girls meet with Jay for their challenge and learn they are going to play creative directors of a "street style" shoot. The winner gets a spread in Seventeen magazine. The girls split into pairs and take turns playing creative director to the other.

Allison really opens up, but was all over the place with the shoot. Aminat doesn't manager her time well with Natalie, but directs a good pose. Teyona works Celia and though she styles her well, she doesn't pick the best picture. London works on Allison and gives her a rocker-chic style they aren't fans of, but she chooses a good picture. Celia does Fo and picks a photo that cuts off her feet. Teyona wins and picks Celia and Aminat to join her for the Seventeen photo shoot. Fo is pissed because she thought she was Teyona's "homey."

Jay arrives at the models' apartment at the crack of dawn to wake the girls to set up hair and make-up in their apartment. The doorbell rings, and in walks Ciara -- who gets accosted by Aminat. She is going to be in a photo shoot with the ladies on stage while she's pretending she's singing. Oh, and they'll be tied up in microphone wires because they are "tangled in Ciara's web." Um, how ... hot?

During the shoot, Celia does well. London is really self-conscious with the lack of clothes required for this shoot because she's gained ten pounds since the start of the competition. Jay takes note of her "not professional" weight gain, and sits her down to tell her she needs to take care of her body. Teyona works it out. Natalie and her fro do a tigress-like, snarling pose. Fo gives a lot of variety. Allison does her best to give different facial expressions, but only after Jay talks to her. Aminat gets shown up by Ciara.

At panel, a foreign hottie arrives in a Speedo to deliver Tyra a vat of nuts -- Brazil nuts. Yes, the six models remaining will be going to Brazil next week.

Natalie finally impresses the judges. Aminat looks "lost." Celia gets praise for her panel outfit, yet again, as well as her picture. Teyona is about to pop out of her bandeau top, but captured the rabid fan look. London gives an over-the-top look, and Ms. Jay calls her out about her weight by asking her "what are you eating?" and later poking fun at it. Fo wows them with her angels. Allison finally makes the judges happy with a different face. The winner is Teyona, and the bottom two are London and Aminat. Does Tyra pick Aminat, who may be destined solely for runway modeling, or London, who has permanent smiling eyes? The last girl who gets to go to Brazil is Aminat.

I understand models need to take care of the their bodies, but Ms. J's comment during deliberation wasn't necessary. The last thing the show needs is to perpetuate the eating disorder epidemic. But then again, Tyra didn't touch the weight gain topic because that wouldn't go over too well for obvious reasons.

What did you think of this week's episode? Do you think the real reason London was booted was because of the weight gain? Or did her photos just not cut it? Discuss!

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The models get a surprise visit by a celebrity guest for the second week in a row when musical artist Ciara stops by the apartment. For their photo shoot, the girls join the singer on stage to pose alongside her. At panel, Tyra reveals the overseas location the remaining girls will be setting out for after this week.

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