Karen explains what it was like winning the online vote.

Mar 3, 2009

My very first experience of Make Me a Supermodel Season 2 began at the casting special. I didn't know what to expect, and unsure if America wanted to make me a part of the show. When Cory advised the America's Vote people to step forward, my heart started beating out of my chest. I had all these feelings bottled into one — excitement, anxious, nervous, and overjoyed. Tyson called my name and my eyes popped out of my head, then he paused and said, "Karen, America has voted you in the house." I felt relieved and privileged that I was going to be a part of this journey.

Our very first photo shoot was inside a transparent box hung high in the air. We were paired with another model and I chose Shaun. I thought Shawn had an exotic look, and a photo with us both would be a nice look. I had never done a photo shoot with anyone before, so I was ready for the new experience. Working with Shawn was pleasant, because he seemed as driven as I was to be the best in the competition. Tyson also gave me a comment at the photo shoot that I always look mean. And I am not trying to look mean. I am always trying to think of what my next move will be so I took a mental note of that.

My competition (other models) look pretty decent. There is a great mixture of diverse looks. No one stands out to me, as far as looking like they will thrive in the competition or completely fail. I will soon see.

After the photo shoot we are excited to learn that our next stop will be at our loft in Brooklyn. I am hoping for a hot tub and some red wine. I am not sure who I want to room with quite yet because everyone seems nice.