Once again, I apologize for being unable to update this challenge and story until now, and I thank you for your support and patience while I was regaining my strength over the past two weeks. In the last updates, you saw that the townie models went to France for the fourth week of the competition. They learned the local songs with the help of some residents in the small French village, and they participated in their first photo shoot.
After their first photo shoot, I was a little surprised to see that most of the girls decided it would be fun to enjoy a campfire in their sleep wear! Harley was there as well, but he was properly dressed.
During the entire France trip, I was forced to endure the childish and increasingly annoying antics of Gabrielle. She was constantly insulting the other girls, making stupid faces at others and the mirror, and sneaking up behind people to scare them.
Because of this, I strongly urge you to vote for Gabrielle to be evicted this week. I would not ordinarily impose my preference on the eviction vote, but this sim will not survive another week in my company. It just is not going to happen! If you like Gabrielle, I would be more than happy to package her up and send her to you.
Ignoring Gabrielle as best as I could, it was finally time for the conclusion of the skill challenge.
For the final part of the skill challenge, Harley selected a random person in the town square for each girl to approach and sing a song to. The girls would be evaluated based on their relationship increase with the random stranger, as well as their performance in the first half of the skill challenge.
Ariel was selected to go first, and she sang to a woman outside the cafe.
Jessica went next, and she had to sing to a teen boy in the square. I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the boy’s age, but he was wildly impressed by Jessica and she scored a huge relationship boost with him!
Malala went next, and she sang to a friendly man who was somewhat impressed by her performance.
Gabrielle went last and seemed flat in her performance, perhaps because she hadn’t bothered to practice singing the song at all during the week. Being a pain in the ass was much more important to her, it seems.
Harley called the girls together again after evaluating them. “You’ve all done your best to impress a stranger with your singing abilities, and Jessica gained the highest relationship boost from this exercise.”
“During the first half of this challenge, Jessica impressed me the most with how well she handled an awkward situation with a creepy man being attracted to her, and she also assisted Gabrielle in the first part of the challenge. It is unlikely that Gabrielle would’ve even completed the first half of the challenge without that assistance,” Harley continued. “So Jessica, you are this week’s skill challenge winner. You may pick a friend to accompany us on a trip to the famous nectary here in Champs Les Sims.”
Jessica picked Ariel to go with them to the nectary. Malala and Gabrielle were sent back to base camp while the others headed to the nectary in the hills overlooking the village.
While at the nectary, Jessica was photographed some by Harley and had a bonus photo added to her potfolio for this week’s judging. Afterwards, the three of them drank several bottles of nectar and were up half the night!
It appeared that one of the travelers staying at the base camp must’ve snuck into Ariel’s room while she slept off the nectar, and snatched her clothes while she was sleeping. How rude!
Finally it was time for the models to attend their final photo shoot of the week before leaving France behind. The photo shoot was held at the Champs Les Sims Castle, and it was initially planned to be a Royal Theme shoot, but it was changed at the last minute to be a “Create-A-Style Protest” shoot instead. Each girl was given a completely default outfit and shoes, as well as default make up. It could have only been worse if they’d been forced to wear default hair colours as well.
At the castle, Harley gave them a speech about the importance of custom styles in the world of fashion. “I think you can all feel–acutely–the distinct need for Create-A-Style,” he said, “for without it, not a single one of you–or any other sim, for that matter–could ever be an iconic model.”
Harley turned to Jessica and wondered, “You’re wearing a reddish dress… how do you feel?”
Jessica replied, “I feel ugly and plain.”
“That’s right! The fact of the matter is you’re all *bleep*ing hideous without proper styling! Now do your best to demonstrate that for all the followers of this competition.”
Of course, the townie models did their best to look the least ugly possible without the benefit of custom fashions or make-up. Now it’s time for you to decide which of the models is the least pathetic in their French photos this week! The first photo shoot was done for the travel agency, who wanted photos that would make France look fun to visit, because it is the least popular travel destination for sims and most visitors find themselves deeply bored after their first day or two in the small village. The girls were photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, and the tower is clearly visible in the background of every single photo taken during the shoot. Unfortunately, once hung on the wall, the tower completely disappears from the photos! I’m not sure what could cause that, because it doesn’t even seem possible that the horrible bloom effect in the lighting could cause such a dramatic change in the images. Nonetheless, the tower is visible in the prints only in the inventory, and once hung on the wall, the background turns white–adding to the list of annoyances that plagued this week of the Iconic Model Challenge.
Ignoring the disappearing tower, please examine the photos below and then cast your vote for the model you wish to eliminate from the competition.
Remember that the second photo of each girl is demonstrating the very best they can do without the Create-A-Style tool, which makes custom make-up and fashion possible in the Sims 3. The developers of the Sims 4 are “considering” adding it to the game, but for the time being they have been foolish enough to leave Create-A-Style out of the Sims 4. This week’s final photo shoot is intended to demonstrate the need for Create-A-Style in the Sims 4, and it also gives you a chance to see how these models look with default make-up and off-the-rack fashions.
Which model does not have what it takes to be an iconic model? Please cast your vote by commenting on this post with the name of the model you wish to eliminate from the competition, along with the link to your Sims 3 Wishlist. You must include the link to your wishlist in order to be eligible for the weekly giveaway and to earn a bonus entry in the grand prize draw. I am not able to sift through all the previous comments made in earlier elimination votes in order to locate the link to your wishlist, so please include it with your comment this week.
Voting will remain open until Monday, September 9 at 4 pm Eastern European Time. When voting closes, all participants will be entered in the weekly giveaway and one name will be randomly selected to win 500 simpoints. The winner will be notified via email and the results will be posted in this blog on Monday afternoon. The next update in this challenge story will most likely be posted on Tuesday morning, to allow enough time for me to take care of evicting the model that is voted out of the game, prepare customized fashions for the remaining models, and get them started on the next skill challenge.
Voting is now closed.