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Shannon cool attitude doesn't mean she isn't working hard.


Theres so much to write about this week I don't even know where to begin!

This week was entirely about catwalk. New York Fashion week catwalk to be specific. An amazing opportunity that I felt prevailed to be a part of, in a way this week was a realization of a dream. I walked in a fashion show for Form and I loved it. The panel seems to think I underperformed and didn't walk my best.

The panel also thinks that the entire house was a little cocky about even being in NY fashion week in the first place and we used that as a reason to not try our best. Well, I can't speak for everybody in the house but that was not the case for me. They think that I'm trying to coast by -- which simply is not true. Just because I don't get nervous doesn't mean I don't care about my work.

I love the catwalk with a passion and I walk on it with conviction. 


What I realize is that for most models, lack of comfort is an issue but I may be a bit too comfortable and if I'm not conscious of the mechanics of my body then my BAD habits will kick in. We're so often told not to over think it while we're performing, but until I know how to alter those mechanics permanently -- then I'll have to think about body positioning right on the catwalk in the heat of the moment. It's a challenge to change something you've been doing your entire life.

But I'm up to the task. I came here to learn and to improve and that's what I'm going to do. This week I was placed in the mediocre category and I didn't like it at all. Mediocrity is not an option for me. I cant wait for next week to begin so the panel will see me fulfilling my potential.

Regardless, this week still was a blast. We got to be in the audience at several other fashion shows which I used to study the models. It was refreshing to see how imperfect many of there walks were, I felt like running up on stage with them. I loved watching those shows, but I would much rather be a performer than a spectator. It puts things in perspective. To view them at a different angle.

Although the fashion shows were just a few of the highlights of the week, New York Models management gave us all new outfits from Bloomingdales, Good stuff too. So that definitely put a smile on my face. Also we learned how to box! And I loved it! Ive always had an infactuation with boxing so it was great to learn. This week was definitely intense but I'm game for more. I always am.

Portraying the Sexy

Tyson Beckford offers his final words on the three finalists. We have the finale. First, the three guys have to shoot those Polaroid pictures and it was kind of less is more in those pictures. Do you think that is harder to do?
Yeah, it’s just like an actor playing himself. It’s harder to play yourself than to play someone else. What did that opportunity mean for them to shoot with that camera and that photographer?
It’s a once in a lifetime event. Probably by now, there’s not that much film left in the world for that camera. So, not too many people are really going to have a chance to shoot with it. I was fortunate to shoot with it at least three times in my career. And I also got to shoot with it while we were on the set as well. Who do you think did the best in that part?
I believe it went to, I have to say, the first was Branden, then the second was Sandhurst, and then Jonathan. And then once they got to the photo shoot at Cosmo, Jonathan just did the same pose. Even when they were asking him to change, he still didn’t change. He just stood there. And he even admitted, “Yo, I’m stuck in neutral.” I guess under all that pressure, he couldn’t suffice. And then again, Sanhurst, when he was asked to do something, he too couldn’t portray that sexy. And then when Brandon was up there, he just had fun with it.
I think in the last episode you see Branden having the most fun, which helped determine why he was the winner. So, that’s why it came in third, second, first, the way that it did. Do you think the right person won?
By that, episode, yeah, I think so. He clearly was the one to accelerate when it needed to be accelerated and I personally thought Sanhurst was going to take it but he fell short with the Cosmo cover. And then he did the thing of taking his shirt off, which loosened him up, but you’ve got to be able to keep your shirt on and still do the job. And the final catwalk. You’ve kind of been critical of Branden’s catwalk. Did you see an improvement?
Yeah, It’s definitely better. It’s not up to supermodel status but that’s what the cards dealt. It definitely got better because he took my advice and kept his hands in his pocket so it avoided his arms looking like they were swaying. He’s got this "hip-hop homeboy" style of walking when his arms are What would your final advice for each of them be?
Don’t quit. They’ve made it this far. They’re definitely models. Look at Jonathan who booked a2xist underwear campaign ad, which should be coming out shortly. Sanhurst just has to get out there and get his grind on like you said Jennifer Hudson did with American Idol, but she sure won an Oscar. So don’t count him out just yet. Brandon, he’ll go overseas. He’s not just going to stay here in the U.S. He’ll definitely do what Holly did. We’ll send him overseas. We saw him grow up in front of us. Like his mom send, she sent me a boy and I sent her back a man. Are you going to continue to mentor him at all?
I always stay close to all the kids. So when they call me, I’ll hook him up. You can’t not help him. Even thought I’m not so much in that business, but it’s like riding a bike — you never forget. What can your fans expect from your movie career and producing?
The next one is going to have some action in it. No doubt about it. We’re definitely going to put down some action in this next movie Are you actually acting in it? Or are you producing it?
I’m acting and producing in it. I was told that two other films that were definitely on the independent film festival tour are coming out soon. Do have any parting words?
I thank all the viewers for watching and keeping us close to their heart.