This week the Top Model contestants ventured overseas to begin their international modelling careers. My South African house mate wishes Cassi all the best in this endeavour, and eagerly awaits her arrival in Taipei. He also suggests that if she would like to occupy the largest room in this apartment, he has no problem sharing with her. The excitement surrounding this brief trip was generally unsubstantiated, as the flight from Sydney to London takes 26 hours. Amounting to almost 3 days of travel, an additional day of filming establishing shots, and then 3 days remain to experience the European culture (limited to some subway travel and a visit to Top Shop).
As the girls arrive in England, a clear winner becomes apparent. Identified by her attachment to a certain amphibious creature, the secret of every Top Model career. My Brazilian room mate Tamine laughs in delight.
His name is Matheus. Mattheus is a frog. Her boyfriend is also named Mattheus. This is about as romantic as Cassi remembering her own bricklaying boyfriend, as she observes the use of bricks in London. Tamine quickly replaces the icepack on her already perfect nose afraid that the vibrations of laughter may aggravate her most recent injury. She has been particularly unfortunate during her time in Taiwan, and this ailment was the result of diving into a shallow pool earlier this week. After a trip to the emergency room she was relieved to discover that nothing was broken, and she would be able to return to work within a couple of days. The next part of this story also corresponds with the progression of Top model, spelt centering around the ominous task of using public transport to arrive at castings within a foreign country. Basically, we failed. Although admittedly, the task was made rather more difficult when the only map we could obtain was written in Mandarin. Basically there were two trains that left from the same station and we boarded the wrong one. When we disembarked after 10 stops, we were lost.
Beyond the perils of public transport and experiencing the wonders of hotel rooms in a new country, this trip has enabled the girls to work with some famous London sights. Generally this would imply ‘a portion of space with definite boundaries’, however as proof reading has been cut back on this episode this is not the case. The ‘sites’ include a telescope, a telephone box, a bus, and a house. The elimination of Adele has also left me doubting the intelligence of this program, and I am led to believe that Clare will be the next to leave.
Finally I would like to support the encouragement offered by Elle Macpherson to the girls this week, although it appears that something has died on her jacket. Another few animals adorn the girls coats at the film première this week. Shame on you Top Model for supporting the senseless fur trade. Meanwhile I volunteer with with Animals Taiwan to address the cruelty that this industry promotes, and encourage anyone who visits this country to assist their valuable organisation.