May 17, 2007 07:38 PM by Joe Blackmon
Written by Belinda James and commentary by Dalia Jones. AAAAAAUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! Which show were the judges watching for the
past 13 weeks? Is Tyra in cahoots with Cover Girl to capture the
Latino market? What other reason could it be for that ridiculous
final outcome? Is there an underlining message that girls with babies
cannot be devoted full time to modeling? Did a wrinkle and an awful
suburban house wife hairdo get Renee in trouble? I am not a happy
camper today. Let me tell you why,.
First let’s just start from the top of the show. Mr. Jay announced that the girls would be shooting their very own Cover Girl commercial with photographer Jim de Yonker. However, the girls would have to adlib the entire commercial and were given only a few lines that had to be included. Caridee, the winner from cycle 7 made an appearance to give the girls a few tips, advice and encouragement.
Natasha wrote out her entire script and when it was her turn, it was horrible. Once she relaxed and spoke from her heart, it was much better. Renee thought her same sob story that she used in the forest last week would work again for her commercial, but Mr. Jay stopped her dead in her tracks. On her second try she hit the nail on the head. Jaslene was nervous and was all teeth. The words couldn’t come out properly because her teeth were in the way. However, when she added a little Spanish at the end of her lines, the client loved it. Cha-ching, Cha-ching.
At the photo shoot Natasha struggles to get a good Cover Girl smile. She had to make herself laugh in order to produce a natural smile. Jaslene seemed very comfortable in front of the camera. Again, everyone is saying that Renee looks older than the other girls and too mature to start off in the modeling industry. Why can’t the judges see that Renee needs longer hair! Who chose that old 80′s house wife poof hair? It was a set up because they are always adding hair to the girls for different looks and Renee’s womens magazine shoot showed that longer hair looks younger and fresher. They changed Jael’s hair when it did not suit her face; so why not change Renee’s hair. Am I the only one looking through my TV screen that sees the difference?
At the first evaluation the judges felt that Natasha commercial was not good. Twiggy loved Natasha. "She would be great for selling lip products. She is the most beautiful," says Twiggy. Nigel adds, "She is a quick study and always improves." Tyra loves her personality.
When evaluating Jaslene’s commercial the judges felt that she paused too much between her lines and seemed a little nervous during her commercial. None of the judges spoke favorably about her commercial shot, and they were concerned about her chin. Twiggy commented, “Her edgy photos are much better, but I don’t see commercial."
Renee’s evaluation was very favorable. She landed her commercial, her Cover Girl photo was very nice. However, Nigel and Ms. Jay felt she photographed too old. "She is not a fresh face and we want a top model that has a fresh face. Renee photographs old and I see a wrinkle," stated Nigel. First of all IT’S THE HAIR!!! He saw a wrinkle??? Are you kidding me? Who doesn’t have wrinkles in the modeling industry? Do you know how they fix the problem,? AIRBRUSHING. Get a clue Nigel. He should know better than to make an ignorant statement like that one.
The first name that is called is Jaslene. Natasha and Renee are in the bottom two. The judges felt that Natasha started out shaky and got better. She is always smiling and we love the bubbly personality however, her Cover Girl shoot was not good. Tyra said that Renee had beautiful photos. "Your photos are amazing but, you look older than you really are. Who do we chose?" says Tyra. Do you know who they chose? The one with the horrible photo, bad commercial and bright personality,. Natasha. Renee stood breathless. You could tell she could not believe Natasha was chosen over her. (That’s what she gets for being a *itch the entire show.) Renee says her goodbyes and as she hugs Natasha she whispers, "Win it for the moms." WHHHHAAAAATTT! I thought she was Jaslene’s friend. What a two-faced broad. Goodbye Renee. You should have been in the finale.
Anyway, Jaslene and Natasha get ready for a photo shoot with Seventeen magazine. Jaslene says to the producers, "If Natasha wins this competition I will pull off all her hair.” Hmmm, let’s see if the producers take her up on that threat for sweeps week. In the next scene, Tyra has a one-on-one mama moment with each of the girls. Tyra asks Natasha about her life in Russia. NOW SHE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT HER? Will the girl with the saddest story determine who will win this competition? Natasha begins to tell Tyra her story, "There was a time when I had absolutely nothing. My mother could not afford to send me to school" and blah, blah, blah, Oh God, please spare me this moment and let’s pick a winner! In her mama talk with Jaslene, both tried to analyze why she was not chosen for cycle 7. Jaslene begins, "I had to go through therapy to build myself up. This has been a life changing (tears start to fall) experience Tyra," Jaslene sobs "and I want to thank you." (Sniff, sniff).
The only thing left for the girls to do is the walk off in a major fashion show. The theme of designers Sass & Bide show is The Evolution of Woman. Caridee comes out first and then Natasha followed by Jaslene. Natasha’s walk was strong and confident. She owned the stage. Jaslene had her hands on her hips almost the entire walk. Mr. Jay said, “She was walking like she was in a church fashion show.” Natasha’s skirt fell off and she kept it going like a pro. If my skirt was falling off I would have put my hand on one hip, sheesh. She could have tripped or made another girl trip on the skirt. Tyra called her two finalists the Battle of the Accents.
When it was time to chose a winner, the judges felt Natasha is funny, has gorgeous features, is a quick study, has a great future and rocked the runway. On the other hand Jaslene was strong in the beginning but fell off a little in the end. She has the best photos of all the girls but the judges do not see her as a commercial model. She had strong poses on the runway. After all was said and done, Jaslene was chosen as America’s Next Top Model.
Jaslene cries, “Every little girl has a dream. I did not make it the first time and now look at me.” Tyra says her spicy personality sets her apart from all the others.
DALIA: I can see Jaslene in the next hip hop video. She is a fierce beauty however; they lost something for me this season. Jaslene needs to eat a cookie; she’s too skinny. Renee should have been in the finale. I think they needed a Latino this year to capture the Latino market. Tyra always said she wanted a diamond in the rough. That diamond was Natasha. Each week she improved. Renee already had it and Jaslene thought she had it. Every time there was a walking competition, Jaslene would fail miserably. Maybe Natasha did not win because she is a mom. Maybe Renee did not make it to the final two because she was a mom and stronger than Jaslene. Usually the girl who wins is the one who aces the commercial. Unless they did not show us Jaslene’s best cut to throw us off, she was horrible.
I agree Dalia. If the judges felt Renee was so old, then why did it take them so long to eliminate her? She should have left before Brittney. I think we need some fresh new judges who don’t need eyeglasses. Based on the body of work of the three contestants, Jaslene was not the best choice. Oh well, let’s hope Tyra has been taking notes from us all season and will select a better crop of girls next season.
Congratulations to Jaslene, America’s Next Top Model for cycle 8 and I hope she makes lots of money for Cover Girl by opening the door for the Latino market. Until then Dalia and I will be working on our Modeling and Sports website with lots of information, tips and surprise interviews. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the e-list. Thanks to our readers for your support and letters. See you next season to see who will be America’s Next Top Model.