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The contender who amped up
the frenzy factor of each
episode of Under The Gunn
with her lost in translation demeanor,
just couldn t wrap her signature
origami silhouette around the chal-
lenge to create a stage look for 17-
year-old pop princess Zendaya. But
before Isabelle Donola could exit stage
left, her mentor Nick Verreos grabbed
the mic to properly slam his loopy
mentee under a bus.
At runway judging, Isabelle bluntly
blamed Nick for being a distraction,
and told Mr Gunn there was persistent
friction. Nick, who was "cautiously
optimistic" about his mentee s potential
at the start of this week s challenge,
blew a fuse listening to Isabelle whine.
"It was beyond amateur hour, I have
done all I can do," blasted Nick. "It s
been draining, it s been a struggle to
give her information." He branded
Isabelle s work "a failure on many lev-
els." Isabelle sewed her garment on the
invert, and got no mercy for bloodshed
from her punctured finger. The ill-
stitched shimmery jumper looked
"home-made" to the client. Isabelle
took ownership: "The garment wasn t
finished. [Nick] didn t step up for me.
I am a great designer, and I know that!"
The takeaway, courtesy mentee Sam
Donovan: "Time management is one
of the things you need most." Nervous
energy impeded how Isabelle processed
directions. While tough love was a
trending theme of episode five, toler-
ance is a message that has permanent
residency on this reality TV show. The
anonymous few who coward behind
fictitious names to comment online
that there are "too many queers in the
fashion industry," miss the message of
tolerance that Anya supports through
her conduct on this platform.
White, black, plus-sized or gay, Anya
is collaborative, respectful and pro-
fessional without bias or hesitation.
Determination and aspirations may get
you in the door, but unless you intend
to remain stuck in a conch shell,
accepting diversity in its many hues,
shapes and flavours is mandatory for
success on the world stage. Same
applies to sports, entertainment, busi-
ness and politics.
While Anya scores big for being a
poster girl for tolerance to the global
movement, she struggles to inspire her
team to bring their A-game. Mentor
Mondo Guerra made Anya eat dust
once again on the runway. Asha
Daniels, who Mondo boasts "has the
potential to grow the most," nailed the
tomboy with edge look requested by
the client. Judges called her garment
"grungy and glamorous" and Zendaya
rocked it at a tour stop.
Previously, Anya planned to reinforce
Team Anya eats dust, again
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Asha Daniels' design which won the challenge to
dress pop princess Zendaya.
Asha Daniels from Team Mondo, in the workroom on
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that a mentee "get to risk being yourself fully, I want
to impart that." After she failed Brady, she doesn t
want to "sway [designers] away from what s natural
to them." Words yet to translate into wins.
According to mentor Mondo, the battle to impress
Mr Gunn and set an unknown designer on the path
to become ready-to-wear royalty, boils down to
Team Mondo which "has the most creative" design-
ers, and Team Anya, which has "a lot of talent." All
three teams are neck-and-neck by body count, but
with three consecutive challenge wins Mondo is
proving his might as a mentor.
We re tuning in to see if Anya can derail his winning
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