Thursday, May 18, 2006

America's Next Top Model Finale

America's Next Top Model ended last night and unfortunately my girl Joanie Dodds didn't win. I had a feeling since an all American Midwestern girl won the last cycle, they wouldn't have two in a row. Here are some pictures of her taken from the finale courtesy of UPN along with the press release:

Joanie from America's Next Top Model 1

Joanie from America's Next Top Model 2

Joanie from America's Next Top Model 3


Danielle Evans, a 20-year-old babysitter from Little Rock, Ark., was crowned AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL in the finale of the sixth cycle of UPN's hit dramality series. The three remaining girls participated in a national television commercial and photo shoot for CoverGirl’s Lash Exact Mascara. While all three girls struggled memorizing their lines, Jade had the most difficulty. Even after Jay Manuel brought out cue cards to help her, she still continued to miss her lines.

The next day, the finalists faced the judges for the 11th elimination of the competition. The judges felt that while all three girls looked beautiful in their photographs and on camera, Jade was repeatedly coming up with excuses for her lack of perfection in the photo shoots; thus eliminating her from the competition and leaving only two girls to compete for the crown.

The next day, Danielle and Joanie were met by Jay Manuel at the location for their final challenge, a runway show for top fashion designer Roj Singhakul with a lengthy, above water pathway connected by temples. During the show, Danielle impressed the judges with her powerful walk and improvised poses, while Joanie performed well but showed less stage presence.

During the final elimination, the judges considered the runway performances from the final runway challenge, as well as each girl's photos throughout the competition. While the judges agreed that Joanie had many versatile looks, they felt that Danielle had the “signature look” idealistic of a top model. “This has been such a long journey that will soon come to an end, but for one of you, it’s just the beginning,” Tyra said before announcing Danielle as AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

1 comment:

W. J. St. Christopher said...

I think Jade was hiding illiteracy or some kind of learning disability. Did you notice that every time she had a task that involved reading or memorizing lines, she questioned whether she was allowed to ad-lib, and when told not to, she went ahead with her rambling ad-libs, anyway.

I've spent time working with illiterate adults and young adults, and the whole make-it-up-as-you-go-along, and the hugely exaggerated ego are very typical in adults who have problems reading. The egotism is a cover up for very low self-esteem. Many semi-illiterate adults are very well spoken -- one reason the people around them don't catch on.

I hope she gets some help after watching herself on-screen.