#BloodSweatHeels Recap: “Pop Goes the Runway” [Episode 4]

Posted on Apr 20 2015 - 4:54pm by Carole B.

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New York Fashion Week has arrived and amongst all the glitz and glam, NYPD makes a stunning appearance – more on that later. All the “Blood, Sweat and Heels” gals are prepping for the festivities.Geneva, who describes herself as a fashion journalist is conducting an interview with designer Byron Lars, for Italian Vogue.

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She’s so very proud of herself. Meanwhile Daisy is chatting up Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore, of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fame. She also interviews Michael Costello, who designed a dress for Beyoncé, Daisy’s personal wig hero…No – really! Daisy named her entire line of wigs after various Beyoncé (who knew she had a line of wigs).

Mica is busy vetting venues for her flash-mob-themed “pop up runway show.” Her idea is to yell “fire” in a crowded restaurant. Hope someone informs her that this is not speech protected under the first amendment, as it could cause panic and endanger the public.  She says she aspires to make her show just like Barnum & Bailey’s circus. Let the chaos commence!

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We catch up with Melyssa as she chats about her anemic love life with new cast mate Arzo. Mel’s in her apartment primping for a first date, who she found through a matchmaker. Arzo advises her not to get sloshed.

Next, we see Daisy and Demetria meet for lunch – trying to melt the glacier that has formed during their “cold war.” Demetria laughs nervously about her impending book launch and nuptials. Even though the chat goes well, Daisy keeps mum about her condition. She does not want to rekindle their friendship based on sympathy for her cancer.

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At a swanky restaurant, Melyssa seems to hit it off with her handsome new suitor, Victor. In her interview, she gushes that her womb likes him and she’s ovulating now. She flatters him about his gym-honed physique, orders a bottle of red wine to accompany dinner, then Victor drops a buzzkill bomb. He’s in no rush to inseminate just yet – the dinner takes on an awkward tone, including lots of sighs from Mel. “He doesn’t cerebrally stimulate me,” is her verdict.

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At Chantelle’s place, her brother and sister-in-law stop by for a visit all the way from the working class city of Birmingham, England. Despite her humble origins, Chantelle has always been ambitious – so she knew she had to follow her dreams to NYC. She came to the U.S. at the tender age of 22 and started her first company, Flawless, at 27. After filling her brother about her last breakup, they laugh as he teases her about considering being a lesbian or even “open her back door” to love. A little brotherly banter…U.K. style.

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During Mica’s casting call, she struggles to find talent, since most of her models are booked in other Fashion Week shows. She is looking for starlets with stage presence who can also drop it like it’s hot…looks like it’s slim pickings so far.

Next, we see Arzo in her sales showroom – where she helps independent designers launch their brands. “Fashion is everything to me, I think I was born with a hanger in my hand,” she enthuses – ouch! Sounds painful.We are introduced to her income-challenged, 27-year old boyfriend, the inexplicably named, YestirDay, who is clad in flowy floral trousers. Perhaps this is why Arzo has not introduced him to her conservative family – Guess who’s NOT coming to dinner?

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“Bloody hell!” is the first thing Chantelle says as she enters Geneva’s shoebox-sized apartment, latte in hand, “what’s this about you being in  jail last night.” “Handcuffs on me, and everything,” she sobs. “To be treated like some dirty criminal is just really f**d up,” she interviews. According to Geneva, she took a cab ride that should have been a $10 fare, but her aggressive  taxi driver took long route to the nail salon, and when Geneva called him on it, he stopped in the middle of traffic and demanded she get out. Geneva dialed 911, but saw a traffic cop at the same time who told the cabbie to keep it moving because it’s illegal to stop mid-traffic. The cabbie kept the meter running – so Geneva refused to pay the inflated fare. “He just thought I was some black girl from the hood and not a woman with three degrees,” is her assessment of his behavior.

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No sooner was Geneva in the nail salon, than cops arrived and demanded that she either pay the full fare or go to jail. Then the officer “ARRESTES” her over a mere $15. After hearing Geneva’s angst over being racially profiled, Chantelle philosophizes that, “We believe in one race, and that’s the human race.” If only NYC were so utopian…Guess she refused to pay, because the police carted her off in cuffs and made her cool her sweat and heels in a jail cell all night. “If you are black in America, you’re vulnerable, you’re a victim. You don’t have to be Trayvon Martin with a hoodie, you could be a black woman with a Prada bag,” she states. Guess a designer bag is not a get out of jail free card.

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Later, we catch up with Mica, who is mid-meltdown over several of her models canceling last second. Perhaps she should have planned this pop-up party with more than five minutes notice…Still, the show most go on.

In a less hectic part of town, Demetria and her sullen fiancé head to a gourmet tasting for their wedding menu. He mumbles his way through dinner as they argue over who wanted the least frilly wedding. “We could go to IHOP or Red Lobster for the reception,” he suggests sardonically. Demetria describes his romantic proposal, “He slid off the couch and showed me the ring. I was in my headscarf. It was not cute.” Wow! what a catch!

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It’s finally time for Mica’s event, and there are plenty of unsuspecting guests in attendance. The pop-up portion of the evening is running late – which gives Chantelle time to fill Daisy and Arzo in on the Geneva situation. Arzo is skeptical about Geneva pulling the race card. “It has nothing to do with race! Geneva, you turned into a fiery meatball, and that’s why you got arrested!” she wags her finger at the camera. Melyssa laughs that she has been arrested five times, and agree with Arzo that the situation is hilarious.

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Meanwhile, Mica leads the models in a group prayer. She sends her models out into the crowd with little more than bikinis and glow sticks. As they solemnly parade around, the guests look less than impressed, but Mica sees their baffled faces as proof of the show’s success. Chantelle and Arzo get into it about Arzo’s making light of Geneva’s arrest. Chantelle’s calls Arzo and Afghan hound. Cruel, but funny. “It wasn’t about her race, it was about her face,” she expounds.

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Melyssa tries to diffuse the situation, but fails, and Arzo and her boy toy retreat – leaving the party in a flurry of talk-to-the-hand gesticulations.

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Next week, the girls all continue to nip at each others heels. Meanwhile the debate over Geneva’s arrest continues – was it racist or was Geneva just being ratchet?

 

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  • Team Chantelle, Daisy and Mica. The rest can go. Geneva disgust me to no end. She’s fat, always eating and CRAZY. A grown woman who thinks she’s above the law needs psychological help. I wish the cops squeezed the handcuffs tighter and left her stank behind in jail for months. That would force her to go on a diet. Can not stand Geneva…..ugh!!!

    • Bad Barbie

      Sounds like you are disgusted because she is fat?! Wow.

      • Wow…what??? And if you read all my comments about Geneva, her weight is not the only reason. If you choose to critique my opinions at least be honest.

        • Bad Barbie

          Your comments emphasized the word “FAT” over and over again.

  • T’s Martini Lounge

    Something doesn’t ring true with the Geneva story. She is shady. Also, doesn’t she get arrested again for attacking Melyssa?

    • Yes, she does. She’s an ugly ass FAT thug. Her sorry excuse for starting a fight and not paying the cab driver is “he took the long way”…..SO WHAT??? PAY your damn fare and go about your business. The poor man attempted to put the loud mouth thug out his cab because she behaved like a savage and she probably tried to eat him for lunch. She’s a nasty one that Geneva.

      • Jennymckitty

        I can’t believe she thinks the reason she got arrested is because of her race. She could have paid her fare and filed a complaint.

        • Pathetic excuse. She didn’t want to pay the extra fare because the driver took a longer route…..big deal! So now she has an arrest/felony record over an extra $5-6 bucks…hope it was worth it for dumb ass. She’s pathetic and every time she’s on I fast forward. Her FAT ugly ass is too painful to watch.

          • Jennymckitty

            The only thing I could think of is the SNL skit where Eddie Murphy gets made up to look like a white man and everything was free, etc.

          • That’s a classic. One of the funniest skits in SNL’s history.

      • Bad Barbie

        What does her being FAT has to do with anything though? LOL There are a lot of “FAT” beautiful people on this planet.

        • “There are a lot of “FAT” beautiful people on this planet.” …Yes, however, Geneva is not one of them.

      • dj j

        I agree, I don’t trust her, she treated Mica like she was beneath her just because she got drunk the day her dad passed away. Both her and that bushyheaded were acting so pretentious just because they were on some estate in the Hamptons..how dare Mica get loud here..like there were any neighbors nearby.

        • I’m so with you dj….Geneva and Demetria’s behavior on that episode was appalling and cold-hearted.

    • Narisha Foxx

      Yes she hit her in the head with a bottle, and Melissa had to get staples to close the wound. Sad to see someone that has accomplished a lot in her young life stoop to such a barbaric level. That chick needs to get a grip.

      • Bad Barbie

        She actually didn’t. The tape was on youtube when it happens and Geneva never grabs anything.

        • Narisha Foxx

          Oh, Wow. I stand corrected. Can you share the link? I wanna see that.

          • Narisha Foxx

            I can’t find the video you were talking about but I did read that Geneva pleaded guilty to the assault charge. She did assault her and is going to face a judge about the cab situation in July, and this guilty plea is not gonna do her any favors. Sad.

  • Narisha Foxx

    Wow, those words are harsh. I know everyone doesn’t want race to be the issue here because it’s a matter of opinion. But to be so dismissive and condescending of the situation is not cool. People of color have to go that extra mile just to get the benefit of a dought and we can’t ignore it any longer because it’s dangerous if left to fester. I love everyone and try not to see color but that’s me.

    • No disrespect to your opinion but don’t enable people like Geneva to use race as a crutch to justify bad behavior. Lets review the TRUE facts of the matter….Geneva was in a rush to get to her nail salon (because it’s fashion week and she’s busy) and the taxi took the long way…both inconveniencing her and costing her a few extra bucks so she became belligerent; then refused to pay her fare. Every action has a counter action (smart people know this and avoid UNNECESSARY situations). Geneva, however is a young hot head who thinks she’s entitled to special treatment. Her loud mouth landed her in handcuffs and rightly so. She should have paid the extra bucks and kept her trap shut and kept it moving. This has nothing to do with race. And if she feels had she been a different race it would have entitled her to not pay the fare then she should have paid the fair knowing she’s at a disadvantage. My point here is dual…..own your behavior and pick and choose your battles wisely. This debacle over a few extra bucks was not worth an arrest. It’s just plain stupid!

      • HoyesMiGente

        That cop was an idiot. Why are you assuming that Geneva was belligerent? Interesting. Last I knew, cab driving AND policing are service industries.

        • I disagree. The cop was only doing his job. The facts are…. she ran out of the cab when she reached her destination and did not pay…. that is her admission. And I’m not assuming she’s belligerent…her actions prove it. This season, she physically attacks Melyssa Ford and gets arrested again. Melyssa doesn’t get arrested showing Geneva was the aggressor. I’m sure Geneva will blindly use race as a crutch for that arrest also.

          • Bad Barbie

            Watch the fight and tell me then if you think Melissa was innocent. It was on youtube when it happened. Geneva never grabs a bottle, btw. She was charged as if she hit Melissa with a bottle of vodka.

          • So how did Melyssa end up with numbers staples in her head from the assault?

          • Bad Barbie

            Watch it and you will see.

          • Ok.

          • HoyesMiGente

            I believe the “facts” are in dispute. I haven’t seen a report, or heard both testimonies. Your recitation of the “facts” is off. She never said she ran out of the cab and did not pay. She SAID there was an ongoing dispute from the time she got in the cab, as soon as she attempted to negotiate a price for the ride. How interesting your choice of words and phrases applying to a woman of color. “Belligerant”, “aggressor”, …those are not facts. Those are weighted observations. Very subjective. Cops “doing their jobs” are under a lot of scrutiny these days, as they should be. A GOOD cop would have de-escalated and solved this situation without force and arrest. Thank you.

          • You have wild imagination. Negotiate the the price of a metered cab? Hahahaha! OK….on that note. Have a good day! 🙂

            FYI: From what I’ve seen Geneva she’s bad news….a troublemaker.

          • HoyesMiGente

            Okey dokey ma’am. Never let the facts stand in the way of a prejudiced preconceived notion. 🙂

          • In this instance you shouldn’t. Not every police interaction with a minority that results in an arrest is a race issue. Geneva is an idiot to use race as a reason for her bad behavior.

          • HoyesMiGente

            Were you there? No. You are assuming a lot. You calling it bad behavior doesn’t make it so. And it certainly does not reach the level of criminal behavior.

          • I’m not assuming anything. Geneva admitted as much on the episode. Clearly you didn’t listen to her version of the story. She said…. she did not pay the cab. Do you realize that’s against the law? Why are you justifying her criminal behavior and making excuses for her? Were you there?

          • HoyesMiGente

            Geneva is claiming that the cab driver was defrauding her. And that a bad nyc cop arrested her with prejudice, all out of proportion to the situation at hand. I don’t see any criminal or unlawful behavior there, except on the part of the cop and the cab driver. So. I went ahead and clarified all that for you . Looking forward to seeing her press her suit. 🙂

          • Hahahahaha! You know that suit will be thrown out.

          • HoyesMiGente

            Right. 🙂

          • dj j

            I don’t think Trayvon Martin’s family would think she was treated just like him.

          • HoyesMiGente

            Who is talking about Trayvon Martin???

          • dj j

            I agree, and the people who knew her best didn’t feel sorry for her, so that should tell you something.

          • Good point! On last night’s episode almost all her co-stars thought she was responsible.

          • dj j

            what was her charge? Disorderly conduct or theft of services?

          • bellaboo

            So sick of yall using the race card when it suits you. Remember this was a traffic cop, & he now has to babysit a cab fare not being paid. Her attitude put those cuffs on her hands

          • Thank you….EXACTLY!

      • Bad Barbie

        I guarantee you, if that was a cute little white girl or a latina with a big arse that would have not happened. That is a fricking fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Race is, and always has been a serious issue in our country – and racism should never be taken lightly. But comparing her plight to Trayvon Martin’s is more than a bit hyperbolic and belittles what befell a poor, innocent teenager.

      • Narisha Foxx

        I do agree that was truly in poor taste. And it also shows that she’s not willing to see her “proactive” role in this situation or a willingness to own her bad behavior. Sad.

      • dj j

        and, I’m sorry, we don’t have a tape of the situation. We only heard her side of the story. She hasn’t been very nice, and she was put in jail for smacking the video girl over the head with a wine bottle.

      • bellaboo

        AND just from what ive seen of geneva, she probably put on her “im better than a low life cabbie” attitude, and nypd traffic cop, well you can just guess all of the crap they have to put up with, then here comes mouthy geneva, running her better than you mouth (with all of her degrees). Next week will be telling!!

    • HoyesMiGente

      I agree. And let the police prove it wasn’t racism. The way she was treated over a 15$ cab fare was disgraceful, and there is no shortage of ahole NY city cops. That cop at the very least needs to be officially reprimanded, and be made to apologize to Geneva. Whatever it was the cop was DEAD wrong. Putting her in jail was a straight intimidation bully move. Hold that cop accountable. I’m proud of her for speaking up. Police bad behavior in this country is no joke, and it’s courageous of her to speak up and advocate for ALL of us.

      • Bad Barbie

        PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bad Barbie

    Didn’t watch this episode but on the topic…

    I have no idea who tells these birds they are “stylist”. Daisy doesn’t even look well put together most of the time. Either the clothes is off or her weave is crooked. Demetria may be heavy set but she rocks a particular style and she rocks the hell out it and that natural hair. Micah, looks good in a napkin.

    Melissa- She doesn’t know if she is coming or going. She is so used to men lusting over her looks that she can’t punk us into thinking that she wants to be mind facked. Next!

    The new british bish. I can’t stand her already.