Ben DiChiara

It's coming down to the wire, and Ben hopes to finish strong.

on Mar 20, 2008

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It's the final week of competition. I'm very thankful and fortunate to be a part of the final four. This week started off by Tyson dropping by and introducing us to Naomi Campbell. I was speechless to see her standing only feet away. It was a pleasure to have met her.

We met with Matthew Rolston, one of the best photographers in the industry. He had us being the four elements and I had the role of air. I was nervous at first, because it was intended as a female role but I was confident in myself and in Matthew that we could make a great picture. He gave great direction and feedback and I gave him everything that I had. Out of the four shots -- I felt that Holly and Ronnie had the weakest shots. Then, later, Matthew wanted to see us.

Tyson wouldn't tell us why or where and made it seem like a bad thing. We got to Matthew's gallery and there are our pictures, blown up to larger than life. I was shocked and extremely pleased with how the pictures turned out. I was also very proud that I had two pictures on the wall. It was nice to have so many people say so many good things. It was such a fun night.

Catwalk was upon us yet again, and we had to walk three different looks. The first was underwear and I had some tattoos put on. I felt confident and delivered a great walk. The second look was a bit colorful, so I decided to have fun with it. Then the third look was a suit, which I felt great in. It wasn't my best walk, but I felt very confident. I felt so good leaving panel that day, but at the same time it was a little sad, looking back this has been an incredible journey that I wouldn't trade for anything.