Chris reflects on the first challenge.

Mar 2, 2009

I remember saying “Thank you a million times. I will prove it to you that I can be a supermodel” to the judges before walking over and claiming my spot in the lineup.  I was so excited that I had made it!  It was the most amazing feeling in the world.

The next day all the models set out early to begin filming intro segments. We were taken to various scenic locations around NYC and filmed walking separately as if we were off to an exciting job or something. It was really fun. My scene was this great area with cobblestone streets and an old railroad track built on the street with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like and what it will be used for.

We still hadn’t been able to see our new house yet so I thought that’s where we would be heading to next but the day had just begun. As we walked from our beginning locations, I saw that now Tyson was set up and waiting nearby. He informed the models that today was our very first photo shoot for the judging panel. Above him was a large red box suspended in the air. As Tyson’s info finished the box flew open and revealed a girl standing enclosed in it.  Nicole introduced herself to us as the mentor for the girls. Tyson let us know that on this season, instead of judging, he would be mentoring the male models.

The theme of the shoot was sexy sleepwear. We would be working with a partner and suspended high up in the plexiglass box with the objective of capturing an intimate moment together. I was really excited because I had never done anything like this before. I ended up being paired with Branden for the shoot. It takes a lot to make me feel uncomfortable but I could tell Branden was a little nervous being that it was our first photo shoot and that also we were both guys who needed to capture an intimate moment. Since I was completely comfortable I went over to talk to Branden several times about working together and what we could do once we got up in the box in hopes that he wouldn’t feel nervous in any way because I knew it would totally show to the camera. After we talked and got to know each other a little better we even practiced some poses so we would really feel prepared enough for the challenge ahead of us.

One of the really cool things about this shoot was that we were in the public streets of NYC so naturally people around us gathered to find out what was going on. I sort of expected that, but what I didn’t expect was crowds of people on all sides of us! I really loved that feeling, I think it really put everything into perspective for me. Now I was thinking “This is really something big. This really is very exciting.”