ANTM Recap: What Happened to Angelea?

This cycle's finale packed quite the sucker punch. While Top Model is always six wobbly runway steps past nonsensical, it is rarely so truly frustrating. Seriously now, what happened to Angelea?!

To say she was the star (obviously, excluding the now-departed André Leon Talley) of this cycle is no exaggeration, despite strong competition from Bianca, Laura, and her fellow finalists Allison and crazypants Lisa. And much of the cycle's long-term story lines seemed to be building Angelea up to the win, a Cinderella Tookie de la Creme–style redemption tale showcasing her rising confidence, perseverence, and all around made-for-TV-ness. Much of last night's final episode continued in the same vein, rapid-fire style. There's a lot to get through!

Continuing to play it cheap, the final three models have their CoverGirl shoot in the restaurant at a hotel–spa complex that the show's already copiously featured. (To be fair, it does have a nice view.) While Lisa flubs the commercial and Allison can't even open her eyes in the bright morning's sunlight, Angelea nails both her photo and commercial with 716 sass in glorious excess. There's a briefer-than-brief segment on their Italian Vogue test shoots (white-bikini-clad on some rocks, white-bikini-clad in the sea — one big yawn that surely can't end up as more than a one-page spread) and then it's already time for the final runway show. Read More...


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