ANTM College Edition: What it Takes (not) to Get to Harvard

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On this week's episode of America's Next Top Model: College Edition (aired 9/7), we learned that: 1) ANTM makeovers aren't as dramatic as they used to be - 2) Models feel it's their duty to defend the reputation of Ivy League Universities - 3) Tyra Banks is a (fake) Harvard graduate - 4) Cnt is a bad word, but accurate in describing certain people - 5) Getting naked and humiliating yourself for a photo shoot is part of modeling - 6) Your mother can be your best friend and life partner - 7) Weeping uncontrollably gets you airtime on ANTM - 8) Harvard-educated models are slightly smarter than regular models

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1) ANTM makeovers are the joy of ANTM fans' lives. We know, if we watch an ANTM makeover episode, we will get: models wailing uncontrollably over toilets after having their head shaved bald, models clutching pieces of their hair and saying, "I've been growing it for YEARS!", and of course models resigning from the show altogether because of botched cuts, and/or threatening to punch the judges in the face after a hair follicle infection. So much entitlement, vanity, hilarity, all in a single hour.

Well, this episode was not that. The makeovers didn't cause much reaction. Nobody's head was shaved bald. Nobody attempted suicide because of a bad dye job. BORE-A-THON.

2) The only real drama came from the lone Ivy League model on the show. Maria refused the makeover altogether (this is a new option for contestants, but they then suffer Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone's wrath, which consists of a table meeting where Kelly Cutrone says things like, 'You're committed to defending mediocrity.").

The other contestants were incredulous about Maria's decision, and seemed to think her choice not to have a makeover would jeopardize Harvard's reputation. "She acted like an embarrassment to Harvard," said one girl with the glitter of a tear in her eye. The logic, I guess, is that Harvard bases its reputation on…whether or not Harvard students perform well on America's Next Top Model?

3 and 4) The girls were equally enraged by Maria's subsequent pronouncement that Kelly Cutrone was "a c
nt" (um, isn't she?), and they even bemoaned the fact that Maria was "from the same school as Tyra." Not quite, my pretties. Not quite.

5) But anyway. After the makeovers, the girls went to their photo shoot, during which they had to strip off all their clothes and pose naked as babies for photographer Tony Duran. The contestants seemed very comfortable nude, which made me wonder about their past career endeavors. Just saying.

6) During the course of the episode, we are reminded (as we have been reminded all cycle) that Victoria's relationship with her mother is wholly inappropriate. I shouldn't pick on her, but Victoria has gone into org*smic convulsions at least two or three times at the thought of talking to her mother on the phone. Is your mother Brad Pitt, or something? Because she seems to excite you. A lot. Like in special ways.

7) The more one cries, though, the more one seems to be on-screen. Victoria's crying jags are truly giving her an edge over the competition, at least in the way of airtime.

8) The final lesson from ANTM: Harvard's reputation is safe and sound, namely because Maria showed herself to be slightly smarter than her competition. The ONLY (and I mean ONLY) Harvard attendee to appear on ANTM Cycle 19 realized her mistake in joining the cast within three episodes, and resigned before posing nude. Sorry, Tyra, but that's the closest you'll ever get to a Harvard grad.

Read more from Kindall Gray on her blog, Real Housewives Real Professor!

Zombies and the GREATEST LIVING ACTOR

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America's Next Top Model, Season 19, episode 4 (aired 9/14), begins with the "acting challenge". Tyra determines that the best actor currently working in the biz is TYLER PERRY, so she brings him in to help with judging.

Tyra: "In order to make you the top, I needed to bring the top. He is the king of doing characters!
Medea?" And then, "Acting is all about being over the top."

Reminder to viewers: This "melodrama over substance" approach to acting has gotten Tyra VERY far in the movie biz. Hasn't it? Oh. Wait. It hasn't . She was in Life Size. She played a living doll. With Lindsay Lohan. No wonder Lindsay's acting career is cursed!

While Episode 3 was about "preserving" the reputation of Harvard, this episode is about denigrating the art of acting.

Lesson (not) learned: TYLER PERRY is apparently in league with Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis as far as his ability to create characters.

Read about bad acting, oozing zombie sores, and more, at Real Housewives Real Professor!

Obsessing about Obsessing and Cheerleaders Kicking People in the Face

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Check out the recap from the latest episode of "America's Next Top Model" over at Real Housewives Real Professor!

Real Housewives of New Jersey Season Finale, Part I: Awkard Central

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On the first installment of the two-part Real Housewives of New Jersey finale (aired 9/16): Caroline Manzo and the husband visit sons Chris and Albie in their apartment, and as usual Caroline is a She-Bear Mega-Btch. Albie's girlfriend Lindsay, who seems perfectly nice, is cooking breakfast for everybody. "It smells all the way down the hallway!" Caroline announces as she enters the apartment. For a moment, it seems as though she is offering a compliment to Lindsay, which does seem strange considering how cruel and withholding she normally is. Then she finishes her statement: "Can you open a window?" In other words: "Lindsay, your food smells bad, and you will NEVER marry my son! If he can't legally marry me, he will marry NO ONE!"

As everybody digests her remark, an awkward silence ensues. Caroline then proceeds to tell Albie how great his apartment is, his career... but never mentions his girlfriend Lindsay. The camera passes over said girlfriend's face and she's flushed with shame.

(Side note: Caroline,, you remind me of Garfield. You really, really remind me of Garfield. The red hair? The lasagna? The angry expression? The hatred for all things cuter than you? And also the fact that you told a clothing store owner, "I don't do sparkles!"? Am I the first to make this comparison?)

The scene in Chris and Albie's apartment only gets worse. Caroline and hubby Big Al talk about retirement, and Al passive-aggressively jokes that once they start spending unlimited amounts of time together, he could realize "this chick (Caroline) is a b
tch!" The room erupts with laughter, but Caroline scowls and a cloud of darkness settles around her. She looks at Al like she wants to cut his head off with a laser. AWKWARD! Get this woman some lasagna, stat!

For more about Caroline Manzo and a certain housewife's stripper past check out Real Housewives Real Professor!

Project Runway: “Print Challenge Equals Hideous Fashions”

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Interesting moment from Project Runway, Season 10, Episode 9 (air 9/13):

According to Tim Gunn, designer Ven Budhu's dress, detailed with pink and white flower patterns, appears to be covered in used maxi pads. "It's like an homage to a menstrual cycle," he says sadly. EWWWW. C'mon, Tim! Ven changes the dress into something like a set of human conjoined twins: one dress on the bottom and one dress on top. I'd rather wear a cute dress that looks like a maxi pad than a hideous dress that doesn't look like a maxi pad. Just saying.

I guess Tim Gunn has seen a number of used maxi pads in his lifetime?

Read more about maxi pads and designer Gunnar buying his mom a boob job at Real Housewives Real Professor!

The Real World St. Thomas: "Chicken Abuse and Broken Dreams”

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The Real World St. Thomas finale (aired 9/12) involves chicken abuse (Swift), a guy almost sh*ting his pants during a parade (Trey), drunken gorilla dancing (Marie at a bar), pole dancing (Laura at a bar), and yellow vomit spewing over the side of a boat (all the cast members).

Details about the chickens: to get back at the girls (Marie and LaToya) for a prank, Swift decides to forcibly kidnap two St. Thomas chickens and hide them in his roommates' beds. "I hope LaToya doesn't jump on them!" he says excitedly. So then of course LaToya comes in and jumps on them. Upon being discovered, the chickens emerge with bald patches and expressions of terror (if chickens can have expressions). They are technically alive, but holding on by a thread.

After the closing credits, MTV offers a message of reassurance for the audience: "No chickens were harmed in the implementation of Swift's pranks. They continue to run free in St. Thomas." I'd like to tweak the message, slightly: "Wild chickens were chased down by a Real World cast member, squeezed, probed, man-handled, wrestled into a taped up box, transported on a boat, hidden under thick blankets as a hilarious "joke", trampled on by multiple drunkards (Ha ha! It's a PRANK! FUNNY!), and finally "released' back into the wild. No chickens were killed during filming of this episode, though they probably died from stress shortly after being 'freed'."

Read more about dead chickens and drunk douchebags at Real Housewives Real Professor!

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