Honestly, little man Ken exhibited some borderline anger management problems -- all while his face was covered in some sort of pore refining mask. It was hilarious and terrifying at the same time. He looked like a baby Abominable Snowman or pocket-sized Phantom of the Opera screaming his head off and stomping around. "I'm not going to change my living arrangements for no-mother-f-ing-body!" to poor Megan the "talent coordinator." He kept going on about the sanctity of his "temporary home." Seriously, who does Ken think he is? That was a diva moment befitting Patti Labelle or Aretha Franklin (thus the title of this recap), not some nobody who thinks he's somebody because he's made a fool of himself on a TV show for a few episodes. What a pathetic display. Ken needs to learn some basic kindergarten coping skills.
The next morning, Tim Gunn put on his mediator hat, sitting Ken and Alexander down for some real talk. He was one disappointed papa, and the way he had to separate the remaining boys was absolutely shameful. Clearly we're not adults here. Alexander and Bradon overreacted when they ran back to their room and locked the door, but Ken was absolutely in the wrong and showed zero guilt. Meanwhile, Alexander was off his game, although the drama from the night before didn't totally explain his shoddy work on Andrea's suit. Ken got exactly what he wanted from his tantrum: He got into Alexander's head, and he got to keep his current living situation.
Behind the scenes at the runway, the superfans gathered in a holding pen of sorts and it was kind of heartbreaking to see how crazy nervous they were. It started to make sense why Bradon's model Jennifer wanted to feel strong and intimidating — she was crying her eyes out backstage.
I'm sure I'm alone on this, but I thought Jennifer's "before" pic was better than the after. Maybe I'm just being a typical male, but I almost always prefer longer hair on women, and I thought this hairstyle made her look more soccer mom-ish than before. (Granted, a cool soccer mom). As far as the outfit, it totally achieved her goals of looking fierce, although I thought the shoulders and hem flared out and made her look wider. Filling in for Nina, Zanna Roberts Rassi said it was sophisticated, chic, and powerful without going full-on dominatrix.
I loved, loved this dress! It really paid attention to Kristen's religious concerns by not revealing too much, and her signature on the front was such a great touch. This was my pick for the win.
Helen -- WINNER
I'm not in the least bit surprised by Jamie's fabulous transformation. The untapped potential was obvious the moment she showed up onscreen. That's why I think Helen's win was more about Jamie than the dress, which was pretty but actually looked a little cheap, rushed, and a tad generic up close. However, the overall effect was gorgeous, and I loved Helen's attitude throughout the challenge.
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