Spoilers included Last night was the conclusion of the 12th cycle of America's Next Top Model . We started off with the 3 remaining girls - Allison, Aminat and Teyona. Following commercials and CoverGirl shoots, Aminat was quickly cut. Though she made the best commercial, her elimination wasn't particularly surprising, as the girl had been given opportunity after opportunity after opportunity to actually take a good photo and just couldn't produce. That being said, if she gets herself some lessons on face tension (or whatever nonsense Tyra claims she lacks), I'd venture to say that Aminat will ultimately be more successful than both of this season's final 2. Speaking of the final 2...Allison and Teyona. I think it's safe to write at this point that Teyona was crowned America's Next Top Model . Talk about a boring conclusion. While Teyona has been the favorite for the last handful of episodes, I feel as though this episode in particular suggested that Allison would be the ultimate winner. While Teyona has perhaps been the most consistent with her photos, the girl has no personality and looks unimpressive in person . Furthermore, the show loves the concept of turning a girl into a model , and Allison without a doubt was the most improved over the course of the season. What's more, in my opinion she just looked more CoverGirl-esque. And...while she was shy, Allison's shyness was becoming. There was a definite personality hidden behind the shyness, whereas Teyona (that's Tea-on-a) was just...strong, but forgettable. Regardless of who won, I don't think either girl will/would end up being a memorable ANTM winner (umm, anyone remember Saleisha?). Neither really seemed to have a "Wow" factor. Frankly, I would have rather seen Celia in the final 2 (but poor girl apparently was too much of a fossil at 25 to stand a chance). Regardless, if it was my choice, I would have gone with Allison. Do you think the right girl was crowned America's Next Top Model? Will Teyona be a memorable winner?
What do y'all think of Aminat?
I think that Allison just kept getting better and better and Teyona just kept getting worse. Allison has that sweet approachable personality but she still rocks those high fashion shoots and Teyona, while she takes great pictures, seems sort of dull and forgettable to me. I just think Allison is really harnessing her strengths and improving on her weaknesses and with that drive and determination, she deserved to win. I have to say though, I wasn't a big Allison fan from the start, she sorta creeped me out (lol), but she's grown leaps and bounds ...and let's face it, she's wud b better at being a covergirl....WAY BETTER. Her commercial wasn't the greatest but she just has that covergirl quality. I mean, when I saw that Allison had to do the runway challenge I was like 'O LORD!!! SHE'S GOING HOME!!!' but it was a very pleasant surprise that her walks were so good, a little bouncy, but good. And I adored Allison in that oil-slick thing, she seemed better than Teyona to me, although I give Teyona some serious props for continuing even after her weave came off. O yeah and Teyona's posture irks me. All in all, it was very close, but I still think Allison would do so much better in the fashion industry (booking more jobs). Well, I guess it doesnt really matter who wins (Fatima gets more jobs than Whitney...season 10) but I still would've preferred it if Allison won. :)
This has got to be the worst season on ANTM, not only were the models weak but the finalist were the weakest ones! They didnt compare to brazilian's models in the runway. I have to accept Allison has a unique look, but did not strike me with the enough pasion and potencial to be in the final two. This was supposed to america's next top model, not america's next "A" for effort model! I really enjoyed the other seasons, but this one did not cut it for me.
all the links for episode 9 are of episode 8!
Or, rather, the Celia problem. Because that's what really concerned me. In this week's episode, Tahlia was the center of the major drama. She entered auditions as a pretty girl with a compelling, sympathetic, inspiring story, no modeling skill or experience, a rather un-model-like build, and a timid personality. Five weeks in, she continues to be timid, her story has fallen almost completely by the wayside, she still fails catastrophically in challenges BUT she's managed to take good pictures two weeks in a row. Tahlia keeps swinging back and forth between I Really Do Not Want To Be Here and Oh, Maybe I Can Keep Hanging On. This dilemma was a prime topic of discussion for the other girls in the house, among whom the prevailing opinion seemed to be that if Tahlia was ready to say she didn't want to be there, then she should go and give a truly driven competitor a shot. And it was that opinion that drove Celia to speak up at panel right before Kortnie left the competition. Unfortunately for both of them, the speech did not sway Tyra. Instead, she all but chastised Celia for speaking up like she did and had her step back in line with tears on her face. I don't know where I stand on the Tahlia issue, but I am very anxious about how this will all play out for Celia. As far as I'm concerned, she did the right thing in expressing her opinion even when it was not necessarily going to be effective or well received - and it wasn't. What I would hate to see is for that to work against her in the eyes of Tyra and the other judges. I'm sure there will be repercussions with the other girls, but, what else is new? If Celia, who I feel is one of the most talented of the bunch, ends up leaving because of an issue completely unrelated to her capabilities, I will not be pleased. Thoughts?
One of my favorite things to do is to predict who will win an ANTM cycle based on the first episode (or two). We certainly have a new cast of characters this time around including a burn victim (Tahlia), "street preacher" (London), internet celebrity /weirdo (Allison) and more. You can check out all of the models here if you haven't committed their names to memory yet. So...choose your Final 3 and ultimate winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 12! Winner gets incalculable glory. New episode airs tonight and it's Makeover Time!