Welcome back to another week of "The Face." The episode starts with Team Coco members Stephanie and Margaux commiserating about not only losing one girl last week, but two.
In the kitchen, Sandra, ZiLin and Ebony are making something to eat. Ebony tells the girls how hard it was being in the bottom two, having someone else decide your fate. She vows to never be in the bottom again, and show a tougher side of her from now on.
The girls meet with Nigel for their "Test Shoot." Next to him is Coco Rocha, who is this week's judge. The theme of this week's "Test Shoot" is "Move It Or Lose It." Movement is really important to a model, and Coco is the queen of posing. She explains that she was discovered in an irish dance competition.
Coco introduces the girls to Salim Gauwloos, who is a choreographer who has worked with stars like Britney Spears, George Michael and Madonna. Today, he'll teach the girls a simple dance routine, and later, they'll have a photo shoot, where they'll have to use what they learned to get a great picture. With the theme being staying in shape, the winner of the challenge will receive a home gym courtesy of Mad Dog Athletics.
The girls do their routine along with Salim, and Devyn is having a horrible time with it. Margaux notices that Devyn seems to want to just give up.
One by one, the girls come in for their photo shoot, showing off their dance moves. Ebony is first, and she does a fantastic job. Jocelyn, who claims to have taken dance lessons seems very lackluster, and Coco looks disgusted. Sandra is next, and she gives a lot of attitude. Madeline seems very stiff in her shoot. Margaux does so so, and is disappointed in herself, as is Coco, since she's on her team and really expected her to do well. ZiLin is very fluid, and Salim comments on how he loves how she moves her arms. Devyn is next, and she seems defeated at first, but she actually does pretty well during her shoot. Stephanie is next, and she says she doesn't have dance experience, but she was in musicals in high school. She gets all the moves down, and Coco is really impressed.
In the end, Coco has to decide who did the best. Even though she really wishes she could have chosen one of her girls, she has to go with Team Karolina's Ebony.
The next day, the girls prepare to do the campaign challenge. They meet with Nigel, who tells them that the campaign is for Marshalls. Judging them will be celebrity stylist and Marshalls super fan, Jen Rade. The girls will shoot a "Look Book," which is a series of pictures to promote their latest line. This look book is for spring. The girls will get to pick what they want to wear, and they'll need to keep in mind how they look both individually, and as a group.
Jen tells them to make sure their looks are appealing to all of Marshalls customers. She will be judging them based on 1) the overall look, and how they present themselves, 2) creativity, and the use of props and how they use them to give the feeling of spring, and 3) movement and expression. The winning team will have their photo featured on Marshalls webpage and Facebook page.
The girls get together and decide which clothes they will wear. On Team Naomi, the three girls actually agree on a collection of looks they will wear. On Team Coco, the two girls (Stephanie and Margaux) find it easy to decide what to wear, and who will wear which look. On Team Karolina, they decide to be a little flirty, and Devyn gets an attitude, saying she does not do "cutesy."
When the mentors arrive, Naomi talks with her girls, she sees what they chose, which was more matchy matchy, and tells them they should wear things that are completely opposite from each other. Coco talks with her girls, telling them they shouldn't do major posing, but instead give "happy, happy" looks, and be very playful together. Karolina isn't too happy about the clothing choices for the group photo, so she changes the looks. When she asks Devyn what she thinks of her look, Devyn tells her she's going to wear it. Karolina asks her if she likes it, and Devyn again says she will wear it. To this, Karolina becomes worried because a model has to wear things she may not like, and she's worried about Devyn's attitude.
The first team to shoot is Karolina's team. She directs her girls in their group shot, and Jen isn't totally licking it. She has nit picky things to say about Madeleine, and how she's holding the jump rope, and even Karolina is not all that happy with how Madeleine is moving her body. She liked Devyn's positioning and smiles, and was really proud with everyone.
The second team up is Coco's team. The girls and Coco go to the accessory wall, and start browsing over the items, trying to decide what to use. This really gets to Jen, who yells out, "You're fashion people, you should be able to make these decisions instantly." Coco snaps back at her, "We know." Jen then complains about why they aren't just grabbing a belt and a hat and a purse, to which Coco again retorts, "'Cause we know what we're doing." You can see, she's not a fan of Jen's impatience.
Stephanie does her solo shots, and Jen's not happy with it. She's complaining that there are so many accessories Stephanie could have chosen, yet she only has sunglasses. Coco is looking like she wants to put some duct tape over Jen's mouth. (I agree to a point, yet Stephanie's poses do look really awkward.)
When it's Margaux's turn to do her solo shots, Jen seems to react a bit better to her, and she really likes when she brings out the bike.
Soon, the girls are playing with a beach ball, and Jen is happy with their shots.
Naomi's team is last to shoot, and Naomi totally takes charge from the get go. Jen remarks that Naomi is like a drill sergeant. In their group shots, they come up with a darling pose of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil." It's adorable, and Jen loves it.
In individual shots, ZiLin does well, but Jocelyn has some problems doing what Naomi asks, and she gets a little exasperated, and Naomi calls her on it, telling her, "Don't be giving me any of that sass." Sandra does her solo shots next, and she's really flirty and fun, and Naomi is pleased. Jocelyn, thinking maybe she needs to go back and get some better shots, asks Naomi if she can do a few more, to which Naomi replies, "No, you had your turn. It's Sandra's turn now."
It's time for Jen to review the shots and make her decision on a winner. She enjoyed Team Karolina's shots, and thought they used motion well. In the group shot, she didn't like the choice for Ebony to wear, as the other two girl's dresses were more fitted, and "springy."
In reviewing Team Coco's shots, she felt that they used their accessories well, but Stephanie has her mouth open too much.
In reviewing Team Naomi, she liked the choice of clothing, and the movement. In the end, Team Naomi wins again. This means Karolina and Coco need to pick a girl to send to elimination.
Nigel goes back to where the girls are waiting, and shows them their photos and reveals that Team Naomi won again. This is totally disappointing to Teams Karolina and Coco. Sandra goes nuts, jumping up and down.
The girls retire to their team rooms, and Devyn slams the door with her anger. In Team Naomi's room, Sandra is jumping up and down and Jocelyn is just doing her puzzles and listening to her iPod, celebrating internally, I guess. Sandra is upset that Jocelyn isn't more emotive, and starts telling her she needs to smile more, and they're just yelling and arguing again as ZiLin tells them to stop.
Soon, Devyn and Ebony come in and tell them to keep it down, that they can hear them through the walls. Just as it is getting heated, Naomi walks in and kicks out Devyn and Ebony from Team Naomi's room. Naomi tries to figure out why Sandra and Jocelyn can't get along and in the end, nothing is resolved. She walks back out, disappointed in her team.
Back in Team Coco's room, Coco is terribly sad to have to send someone to elimination. She feels that a big part of it is her teaching skills, which seem to work for her, but apparently, for this challenge backfired. She goes over the reasons each girl might be sent to elimination. In the teach, Stephanie moved well, but in the campaign shoot, she was stiff. It was just the opposite for Margaux, who was stiff at the teach, but who did well during the campaign. Coco said she would always go by what the client felt, so she has to send Stephanie to elimination. But, she also knows Stephanie seems to have an uncanny way of fighting and coming through these eliminations, so she isn't totally worried.
In Team Karolina's room, Karolina is really upset that she has to send another girl to elimination. She thinks about which girl will be able to fight and make it back from the elimination room. She decides to send Madeleine.
In browsing through Madeleine and Stephanie's portfolios, Naomi knows that she has to be strategic about whom to eliminate. She feels that Madeleine is really strong and a threat to her girls, but then she thinks about Stephanie, who has been to elimination twice before and seems to fight her way from being eliminated.
Naomi asks Madeleine how she's feeling. Madeleine admits to being disappointed at being there. Naomi asked her if she felt Karolina made the wrong decision, and Madeleine said that wasn't it, but she felt that no matter who Karolina would have picked, she didn't feel any of them deserved to be there. At this, Naomi asked her if she felt they should have won, and Madeleine said that she did think that. Naomi then remarked, "Well, that's too bad, because my team won."
Naomi asks Stephanie if she feels she should be the one here in the elimination room. Stephanie said that Coco could have chosen either of them, but she based her decision on the client's response, and she understands that. Naomi said that Ulta Beauty is looking for someone that knows what they're doing. At that, Stephanie said that she always felt that whenever you fall, that isn't the important thing, but what is important is that you get back up. And, with each elimination, it just fuels her drive to be here more and more.
Naomi then tells Madeleine that even though she has eight years of experience, she isn't memorable. Naomi makes her decision, based on the girl she feels has the most drive, and that is Stephanie.
Next week, the girls will do another video shoot, and Sandra walks off the set, and is followed by Naomi. We see her packing her bags in the next scene. Could she have left the competition? Or is this just a tease to make you believe she left? Watch next Tue., on March 12, at 9:00 p.m. on Oxygen to find out.
Related links for "The Face"
- Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha bring you 'The Face'
- Oxygen launches 'The Face Challenge' on YouTube
- Join 'The Face' cast in a Google+ hangout on Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- 'The Face' to premiere on Oxygen, Bravo & Style on Feb. 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- 'The Face: The Fight to Make the Final 12' recap
- View photos from 'The Face' New York City premiere party
- 'The Face' episode 1: 'Game On'
- 'The Face' episode 2: 'Model Warfare'
- 'The Face' episode 3: 'Falling from Grace'
- 'The Face' episode 4: 'We Are the Most Miserable Team Here'
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