Cast Blog: #SUPERMODEL

Big Tank and a Snake

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A Cosmo Man

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I AM a Supermodel

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Portraying the Sexy

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Throwing the Book at Me

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Hell Yeah!

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Big Things in the Future

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The Fire Within

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I Die!

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Make Us Proud

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An All-Boy Finale

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Pumped

Like a Fish out of Water

Just the Beginning

A Happy Ending

Damn My Skills

This Week Sucked!

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Believe In Yourself

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Catching up with Ben

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The Best Revenge Is Success

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The X Factor

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Gettin' Rowdy

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What More Can I Do?

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Just Wrong

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"A" for Effort

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WTF!

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Time Heels All Wounds

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Being Naked

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Great Job ... I Guess

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Beauty Shot

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Let the Best Compete!

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A Slap in the Face

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All Up in My Business

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Butterlies with Teeth

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Shocked!

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My Caribbean Thighs

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"Colin Had the Best Picture"

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Dude, Just Be A Model

Craziness

Horsin' Around

Close to My Heart

Big Tank and a Snake

Tyson talks models, animals, and art.

Big Tank and a snake. How about that? I've worked with animals before, so I can understand this one. Pretty much, it's common knowledge that I don't like snakes, so they wouldn't put me with one.

Stephanie was my sleeper. But I think she gave up. I was asking her some questions and trying to find out what was going on, but I really think, you know, if you can't make seven weeks, you won't make it in this busiess. All the art stuff, she was supposed to excel at --she ended up not doing so well. It's a shame.
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Ben

Ben. Ben. Ben. He's doing bad. I don't know if it's the willpower, or if it's stress of the seven weeks, but I think Ben's on his way out too. I don't know. Whenver someone ends up in the bottom three more than once -- it has to mess with you mentally. You have to start thinking, "maybe I'm not good enough for this."
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Casey

I don't know if Casey is going to make it. There's nothing wrong with it,but Casey is a little pigeon-toed. I've been watching him walk for a while now, and I finally figured it out. I kept watching every piece of his body all the way down to the foot. And it's that left foot -- it messes up his walk. You wouldn't see Naomi Campbell come down the catwalk like that. She wouldn't have gotten to where she is with a pigeon toe.
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Frankie

He did okay this week. He's getting by. I just want that kid to understand what business he's getting into. I want him to straighten up and fly right.
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Holly

I've always said that girl is great, but I don't know if she's tough enough. She's got the looks and everything, but you all saw her fiance. The guy is drop dead gorgeous. If he said to her, "it's either me or this business," she'd never make it. She's thin-skinned. She's sensitive -- and in this business, you have to be tough as nails.
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Jacki

Poor Jacki. Still the same. No progression. And we don't want that as a supermodel. You have to blow people away. You got to come even close to filling Tyson Bekford's shoes, and I have a hard time seeing that happening. She will work as a model, that's for sure. I know a lot of women who are great for bathing suit models but not high fashion. And she can definitely do that.
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Perry

Perry's almost engaged. And we saw the episode where he's begging his girlfriend to say she loves him. And that's tough...when I was coming up in the business, I didn't have the distraction of a girlfriend or anything like that. I think when you have that, it makes it really hard, because you're so worried about what they're going to say: "I just got booked to work for two months in Milan, I wonder if my girlfriend is going to be cool with that..." It's just hard to know how it's going to play out. And so I was, in a lot of ways, lucky. I didn't have to think about any of that. Of course, I didn't have a son, or any of the things I have now, but at the time, I could do what I wanted. Perry's a fighter though. He's walking on a broken foot.
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Ronnie

I think the people voting for Ronnie time and again aren't necessarily fashion people. Ronnie is a good kid. He'll work, but he's still got that cheese factor. People keep saying, he's "not as cheesy..." But he still is. He'll make some money, he'll make good money, but it still really remains to be seen -- is he a supermodel?
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Shannon

She's six feet tall. Some designers are going to say she's too tall. I just think I'm dead on about her. She's great, She'll work, she'll do high fashion, but I don't know if that adds up to supermodel. She might be missing a certain level of "je ne sais quoi." She can shoot pictures, she can do runway, but can she host a show? Does she have it all? I don't know.

Big Things in the Future

Sandhurst breaks down the finale and has words for his competitors.

It has come to this. Thirteen weeks of walking, posing, laughing, fighting, and more laughing has come to an end. It’s hard to look at the apartment the same way without the 13 other models in the house. Say what you want about anyone of them but they sure made the experience a lot of fun. Mountaha went home last night and I can’t help but feel as though she was robbed of an experience. Is Branden the more deserving of the two? That will be up for debate but definitely when you look at the competition I have to say I would have given the edge to Mountaha.

For our final photo shoot we were given the challenge of taking a great Polaroid shot by famed photographer Timothy Greensfield-Sanders. We were to pose for three images — a head shot, a full body, and a group shot. Working with Timothy was by far one of the coolest interactions that I had throughout this competition. He knows how to get what he wants out of his models and I really enjoyed working with him. After taking the head shot and waiting for it to develop, seeing the image just revealed to me how much I look like both of my parents. To me I took the entire experience more as a graduation or culmination of some sort and did not consider it to be a competitive challenge. To me, whoever was going to win the contract had already done so in the thirteen weeks that we had been here.

After the great day that was our final photo shoot we were sent off to a cover try with Cosmo magazine. This was incredible seeing that Cosmo’s circulation reaches more readers than most fashion and entertainment magazines in the world. Again we were placed in front of the lens of another famed fashion photographer. This time it was Marc Baptiste. I loved it. He is such an animated character which is great energy to thrive off of during a shoot.

Our final runway has come and though I am excited to finally hear the verdict I must admit it was extremely bittersweet for me. I had a blast throughout this entire experience. I met 15 incredible individuals and now it was about to be over. I basically did my usual walk on the runway and left it at that. Now was not the time to play with my walk. If the judges liked it then they did and if the judges hated it then oh well. At this point in the game it didn’t matter anymore. Of the 13 weeks we were in this competition I tied with Jonathan for the most weekly wins of three. I was in the top three 11 of 13 weeks and I was hailed as the king of the catwalk. I would say that was a victory in itself.

As we neared closer to the decision and each judge stated what they had to say and each mentor threw in their two cents, it was still unclear who was going to get the win. Was it going to be Jonathan the epitome of the male model, right height, right measurements or was it going to be Branden who certainly had youth on his side or was it going to be me “Mister Consistent.” Well apparently in a competition that seemed to be a two man race from the start between Jonathan and me, it is possible for a dark horse to snatch it at the end. Branden was the model that the judges felt they could make into a supermodel. I will be honest — I was confused by the decision. I was the only model to hear every critique firsthand, since I stood on stage for every panel except the second week, so from hearing what the judges said in the past it was hard to accept that they all of a sudden believed that Branden did the best in the entire competition.

However, as much as I question the decision I understand it. I had competed well in this competition and achieved a lot more during my time on the show and that sends a stronger message in my opinion to the industry. So as much as I want to be a sore loser I cannot help but say that I am proud of Branden and I really do wish him all the success in the world. I hope that with the doors that are going to be opened up to him that he also opens up his eyes and his mind even further and know that I will be there for him. To Jonathan, I know that only great things are on the horizon. I really am not afraid for him. He’s my boy and was my best friend throughout this entire experience and he will continue to be so after it. Finally, for me I would do this again in a heartbeat. I had the most amazing experience of my life competing against these 15 remarkable models and have learned a lesson from every one of them and as I said before, I am so grateful to have been given this gift. I refuse to say the cliché line that “This is not the last you will see of me” so I will say this: I see big things for myself in the future and I am confident in my ability to go after and achieve them.