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The Face: Series 1, Episode 7 recap

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It’s semi-final week and the team spirit is dead. This week the girls are fighting as lone wolves. Which means landing a photo shoot with luxury brand, Longchamp. Filmed on the banks of the Seine with either a dog or a bike. Good luck with that one…

So how hard can this be? Well pretty hard if you’re Nina who doesn’t even get to go on the shoot as she fails to wow Longchamp’s CEO Jean Cassegrain (played by Steven Spielberg) and head of communications Marie-Sabine Leclercq Dugois (played by Arianna Huffington). We did not see that coming. And neither did she judging by the speed at which she’s ousted. Hope that Eurostar ticket was an open return. And then there were six…

It turns into a very tough challenge and one that furnished us with the following golden rules of the fashion business:

  • Choose the tiny dog

Only Nadine picks the handbag-sized dog. A cunning plan when you’re modelling handbags. Especially when your other choices are a bike you can’t ride or a golden retriever named Enzo who has seen something far more interesting down la rue.

  • Modelling a handbag? Then try and get it in the picture

Whether through nerves or plain nuttiness all the girls at one point or another forget about the handbag. This is why brands hire Kate Moss. She’s got an excellent memory.

  • CEOs of international fashion brands love Zoolander

Jean comments on Racquel’s Blue Steel face. Burn.

  • Naomi’s photo direction is terrifying

“That’s vulgar. No, no, no, no, no. Sweet face. Sweet. Face. Don’t do that. It doesn’t look fashion.”

  • Naomi’s photo direction is also spot-on

When Racquel and Emma finally listen to what she’s saying. They get. The shots.

  • Never say the words “I’m going to rock this shoot like a rock star”

You won’t. You’ll be bloody awful.

  • All fashion photographers are called Jean-Paul

Unless they’re called Mario. Fact.

  • Erin failed to win a single challenge

Plus ca change. (As the plucky underdog I reckon she has the winner up her tailored sleeve. I wonder what odds Ray Winstone’s giant floating head would give me on that?)

And then it’s back to London for the final six… Nadine has it in the bag (the luxury £2,700 bag) which means both she and teammate Eleanor are put through, through, through by Caroline. Leaving Naomi and Erin with a difficult choice as they can only take one girl each to the final. Erin understandably plumps for the charming Elaine (who even Naomi generously/surprisingly admits she roots for). Naomi’s choice is a bit trickier. Neither Racquel nor Emma are going through on their charm-school diplomas so which one has the originality and verve to win? In the end, after the world’s most hilarious chair pivot, Naomi picks Emma. Farewell Racquel – we will miss your alarming self-belief and cheekbones. It’s going to be one hell of a final…

See you next Monday for one last Naomi special (sob!) at 9pm on Sky Living

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