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Joanie's Take: The Inside Scoop on America's Next Top Model

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Model and America’s Next Top Model alum (cycle 6) Joanie Dodds gives a weekly insider’s view on the hit show.
The episode kicked off with the girls learning action modeling from Gabrielle Reece, an amazing model and athlete — not to mention she is married to amazing surfer Laird Hamilton! Action modeling is something I think every model should work on — challenging but important. I’ve done several shoots involving some serious action, including underwater, jumping and playing tennis!

The challenge the next day was to model next to Nascar driver Stanton Barrett — as his angry girlfriend! GO CARIDEE! Amanda rocked as well, and Michelle won! As usual, there was a twist. Even though Michelle won the challenge, she had to then compete in a shopping spree against three other girls. Why did Melrose get all the clothes!? That really ticked me off, and I hope she at least shared with the other girls, especially Michelle!! But we know she probably didn’t. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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The girls finally got their first Cover Girl assignment, and the photo shoot was crazy! They were airborn in a sky-diving facility. How jealous were you watching this show!? I would have loved to get into that air tank and rock out! I would have probably thrown up on the instructors, but still, it would have been a great challenge.

I died laughing during the next judging challenge, where they randomly chose a verb and an adverb for the girls to act out. Hide Dizzily? Brilliant!! I couldn’t stop laughing. Caridee was once again great! You really got to see the girls’ personalities. I still can’t deal with Melrose’s attitude, but she is so driven to be in the competition, which you have to respect.

This episode turned into a sad day for me, because I had to watch one of my favorite girls just crumble under the pressure. This is a tough show to be on, people. No matter how strong you are, it can really get to you, especially if you have the wrong attitude. And Anchal had a bad attitude about being on the show, partly because of her weight. It’s a tough subject for a lot of women, and living in a house full of skinny skinny girls couldn’t have been easy for her. Anchal learned some great life lessons, and I’m glad she took the advice of the judges to heart. You grow and learn so much by being on this show.

Next week they find out where they are traveling overseas!! YIPPEE!! Looks Sexy! Till then. . .