And the fact that she looks so good, is also part of the reason every time the photog is snapping pictures of Donna, I'm like, "Oh, right. Like THAT would happen".
This drives me nuts, too. Brenda is at her most gorgeous in Paris. Donna is not. But in all honesty, I think neither of these girls looks even remotely like a model. Plus, Donna has appalling table manners, and whenever she eats she moves her head toward the food really oddly and licks all of her fingers. How that would have appealed to the photographer, I do not know. How Felice, who supposedly ran a really tight ship at home let that slide, I don't know either.
Donna as a model, to me, is like Kelly modelling in New York. Both Paris and New York are fashion centres of the world, swarming with international models. There are waitresses and shop assistants in those cities just waiting for their break who look like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine. And even most of those girls never get an agent, let alone a contract. There is no way in hell any of the Niner girls could be have been chosen to model there. Just no way. If they had simply done a nice CU college girl photo shoot and chosen Kelly, that I totally would have bought. If they had done an exchange students in Paris photo shoot and chosen Donna - fine, although they would have been nuts not to choose Brenda instead. But a modelling contract? No. Just - no. Not anywhere really, but especially not in New York or Paris.
Re: if Brenda had stayed: I fear they would have turned her a bit more evil, maybe not into a total Val, but she might have become haughty and self-important, like they already showed a bit by the end of S4 ("Let's call her Margaret until I know her better" - ugh). I would have hated
to see that, because what I love about Brenda is that for all her attitude, her heart is shining through her skin in S1-3 and in some of S4. I also don't think she would have made a good damsel in distress, and the triangle was frankly played out. So I agree, Shangrilala
, I think the character had run its course.
One last remark on her hair, and how it contributed to getting her fired: I may be alone with this but will admit that I liked the haircut she got. It looked better to me than what she had earlier this season. The white, white forehead and the nude makeup with the long dark wavy hair made her look like she'd just overcome a stomach flu. The hair itself was gorgeous and shiny, but the contrasts were harsh on ShanDo's complexion. The highlights, although maybe not as stylish, relieved that impression and gave her skin a healthier glow.
*slinks off to boat now*