The Face Australia: Episode 8 Recap

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The final 5 from L to R – Sporty Ruth, Weave-less Yaya, Unpleasant Chantal, Golden Child Sarah and NSFW Olivia

And the face of Fresh Effects by Olay is……….

We’ll get to it.  you already know who won, but if I just go out and say it now, well…it makes for a really boring recap.

Starting off, as per norm, we check in with each of the remaining teams.  Team Naomi are in front of the glamour mirrors applying makeup and using hair straighteners while trying to be self depreciating about how they didn’t expect to make it to the final…well except for Chantal who’s internally putting the winners crown on her head.

Team Cheyenne are talking tactics, talking Team Naomi and feeling a little sad that they are almost at the end of the competition.

Georges walks in while I swoon and informs the girls that they are the final five!  They clap and ‘woo hoo’ before we get Yaya exclaiming she can’t believe she’s made the final five.

“I’m so ecstatic, so happy, I feel so blessed” she says with the most straightest of faces..

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We’re then introduced to Olay’s marketing manager Lauren Young who spits out some pre-scripted lines about how they’re all beautiful and amazing and she couldn’t be happier with who’s left to possibly face their new fresh effects campaign.

For some reason, we’re given a clip of Chantal explaining that she would love to win because modeling is her dream and everything she’s ever wanted and to show us all that ‘Chantal can reach the top’ – it doesn’t make me like her any more than I don’t.

So Georges crushes the girls by telling them that not all of them will actually make the final catwalk challenge because two challenges before that will weed out the girls that Olay don’t actually want to front them.

*There’s a one minute presentation at Olay HQ on the Olay Fresh Effects Range to a panel headed by Lauren Young

*There’s a final photo shoot – for Fresh Effects by Olay with the winning image to be used in their campaign.

Then Georges opens the heavens and tells the models this final photo shoot will be with none other than part-time Australia’s Next Top Model fashion photographer (and Jo Blogs favorite) Chest Smith, sorry, Jez Smith.

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We all clap along at this news, but the clapping quickly ends when it’s revealed that two, yes two, girls will be sent packing by the end of the photo shoot.

So it’s time for their one minute presentation to the Olay panel. Thankfully Lauren Young has provided some reading material (or a link to Wikipedia) for the girls to copy and memorize for their presentation.

There’s various clips of the girls saying “Olay has been around for over 60 years…” and “Fresh Effects by Olay has been designed to….” as they advertise, I mean memorize, their lines before they are one by one called in to see how good their memory really is in front of a panel of women offering up some severely plastered on smiles

If you don't mean it, then fake it
If you don’t mean it, then fake it

Ruth is called in first and shows Australia just how much of a serious issue memory loss is within the modeling community these days.

“So, over 60 years ago – sorry.  I’ll start again”  “Over 60 years ago, the world and Australia’s number one skin care range was….created..Olay!  Olay – sorry.  Sorry, i’m really sorry.  sorry sorry sorry, sorry, i’m really nervous.  Sorry.  I’ll start again”.

I think she nailed it.

Ruth eventually manages to get her words out but clearly, the damage is done, especially after “your skin….it’s the first thing you look at when people see you in the morning”

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The rest of the girls come in and blurt out lines they’ve remembered  – Olivia is very personable and friendly, Yaya is full of facts and figures, Chantal loves the fact the skin care range is less than $17 while Sarah kisses major ass by saying she’s been slapping on the stuff for the last few weeks.

Now it’s time for the photoshoot for the Olay campaign.  Jez is finally here to take gorgeous photos of the girls – the brief is fun and flirty, natural without being too modelly….and yes,that is a word OK!

Cheyenne is on hand for her team and is very supportive – “Look at you!  Just be an angel goddess sweetheart, an amazing beautiful creature thing!”  Basically, Yaya and NSFW Olivia both look perfect for the brief.

Naomi too is on hand for her team’s shoot ad she offers up her own style of support “Legs open, not too posey” “This stuff is so difficult, easy stuff can be the most difficult to achieve” “Close the mouth but smile with the eyes – look at me, look at me, this is me now, look at me now, look at me now – see the difference?” – and this was just during Ruth’s shoot.

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look at moi, look at moi

Chantal’s next up and Naomi gives us all some killer tips for when we need to take a natural and casual smiling photo – “Smile with the eyes, not with the mouth, you need to smile with the eyes.  Tongue on the roof of your mouth”

Thank you Naomi!

Sarah…ah the golden child.  The aspect of toning down the model in her is incredibly daunting and she has the most trouble being natural, right down to modeling with her shoulders…

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Photoshoot over and done with, it’s time to cull two girls.  Who will it be?  Who will make the final three?

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What’s this?  Two Team Naomi girls are gone?  NSFW Olivia, Yaya and Golden Child Sarah make the final three and Ruth and Chantal (hell yeah!) are sent packing.  So moved by this sad news, Naomi even shed a human tear over loosing two of her girls – well more for Ruth than Chantal.

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It’s all very sad and slightly touching, but it’s time to move on.  We need to find out face of Fresh Effects by Olay!  To speed things up, there’s some quick phone calls home, there’s smiles and tears and cheers of support…bla bla bla..let’s move onto the runway.

We’re with the girls getting ready for the on-coming runway challenge when Naomi comes in and says she’s pulled some strings to get her dear friend Zac Posen to come in and dress the girls.

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 Everyone is really excited (I would be too actually) and we’re told just who is the ‘Zac Posen woman’ “She has confidence, she has elegance, she’s a creative woman herself and she’s glamorous”

So that explains why Chantal isn’t there anymore.

It’s time for the show, the eliminated models are front row along with Georges and Lauren Young from Olay who are commentating on the girls walk for those unable to see it.

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 The girls…..

The golden child, NSFW and the weaveless dressed in Zac Posen
The golden child, NSFW and the weaveless dressed in Zac Posen

They look flawless. Along with Nicole Trunfio, Naomi and Cheyenne who also take to the catwalk all dressed in Zac Posen.

It’s judgement time!  We’re only minutes away from finally finding our winner – Yaya, Olivia (I’ve now removed the NSFW) and Sarah listen along as Naomi and Cheyenne offer copious amount of praise on the final three.

Are you ready?

“She is fun, she has amazing skin, she’s confident and she’s incredibly genuine – So the girl I’ve chosen to be the face of Fresh Effects by Olay is……

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OLIVIA!”

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I don’t really know who did that blood curdling scream when the winner was announced….probably Naomi realizing the golden child is in fact…not so golden or Cheyenne realizing she’s kicked Naomi’s butt.

Everyone is really happy, I’m a little surprised but content with the winner (Olivia was unofficially inducted into Team Anthobuzz last week) and now Olivia is the face of Fresh Effects by Olay and Cheyenne now has one up on Naomi!

Now go and check out and fawn all over Olivia’s flawless portfolio from Vivien’s Models.

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So my team didn’t go so well (if you don’t include Olivia’s addition last week), one didn’t even make it past the auditions, one was bullied and kicked out in week 4 and the other…well, meh…she’s a runner up.

Now we wait for Naomi’s revenge!

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