Cast Blog: #SUPERMODEL

My Lack of Excitement

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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

My Lack of Excitement

Stephanie copes with a hectic first week.

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I can't believe how much has happened in only the first week! I've been thrust into this crazy that I've never been a part of before and it is insane! My week started with losing all contact with the outside world, turned in my cell phone and started having phantom pains immediately! At first, it was really weird not being able to talk to my friends and my boyfriend about all of the crazy things that have been happening and running through my head but we've been so busy that I've really had little time to be bothered by that. Plus, it's kind of liberating without a phone - although I do miss the people I used to talk to on it. Our house is incredible, buddha's inexplicably accessorising every room, very eastern and trendy - ha ha ...

Although before we even got to the house, we had our first photo shoot in Times Square! In a mini dress! In 10 degree weather! It was surreal - so much fun! Then there was fire challenge, which I thought was a little self righteous - a group of 14 models throwing their winter fur coats into a fire to "prove how badly they wanted to be a supermodel" in the middle of the city with one of the most blatantly obvious homeless populations in the US.

If they had a box in the centre of us and asked us to take off items to show personal sacrifice that would be given to people that could actually use it - as opposed to burning them in a fire - I would have got naked like the rest of the boys. I just thought it was kind of a self obsessed, self righteous, socially unaware of socially irresponsible assignment - especially considering where we are. But enough with the preaching. That night was the GQ party, which was fabulous - and I come home giddy and starry eyed over the whole thing. Then, our first catwalk. The panel commented on my lack of excitement, which I was worried they might say something about. The last thing I want in the world is to come off as ungrateful or bored with this opportunity - I am blessed and I know this is a once in a lifetime thing. But I think what they were talking about is the fact that I have very little experience in this business and in this scene, and it sometimes manifests itself as a wariness.

Thrust into this new world so different than the one I left at school in Claremont, I tend to just take things as they happen and take my time forming my opinions, which means that I might not be as loud as some of the rest of the people. Also, I am certainly a very passionate excited person, but I also have a very laid back personality and sometimes don't show my personality in quite the loud, hyperbolic way that some of the other models do. That being said, I don't want my experience or personality to come off as bored or un-excited as any way - so I'm going to try and be aware of that from now on.

I AM a Supermodel

Branden talks about his win, what he'll do with the money, and if he plans on asking Nicole out.

Bravotv.com: At the beginning of the season, did you think you would win? Or who did you think would after seeing the other models?
Well, I’ve got to admit, at the beginning of the season, I was very intimidated by all the models, definitely I thought I wasn’t going to be underestimating myself. And really who I thought was going to win was either Sandhurst or Jonathan. That’s who I thought was going to win. So when I got down to them at the end, when I was with them, I was just amazed by myself. I thought “Holy crap! I really made it this far.” I had a one in three chance to win so why not just go for it?

Bravotv.com: Especially in the last episode they [Jonathan & Sanhurst] almost kind of played father figures during the show for you. What was that relationship like with the other guys?
The relationship with the other guys was very good. I love those two. Jonathan, he’s more of the father figure type of guy and Sanhurst is more of just like your best friend. I really was privileged to actually share a home with them for two months and have fun with them. I had fun no matter what we were doing.

Bravotv.com: In the last episode, you get to shoot with this amazing photographer in the first part and do the whole Polaroid challenge with that camera. What was that like?
That was my favorite photo shoot out of all of them. It wasn’t like "Do this pose." It wasn’t very "posey." It was more showing yourself. There was one of them that was pretty posy because it was a high fashion one, but then there was your portrait, and then there was there’s the group shot. And I felt like in the group shot, I did the best.

Bravotv.com: And then you had the Cosmo shoot. Did that just feel really natural to you?
Well that was probably one of my favorite photo shoots. It was very natural. And they just told me to act like that guy that girls want to be with and the guy that guys want to be friends with. And I was good in that and they said "You really are a Cosmo guy." And I felt very confident about that.

Bravotv.com: In your final catwalk, you had the more playful one, and then you had the Ben Sherman one, what did you want to accomplish with those catwalks?
Really on those catwalks, I just wanted to show them that I’ve matured since the beginning of the competition and that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to be a supermodel. That’s really what I was just trying to show them. And I felt a little awkward and funny in the whole suit I had on with all the bows. It was kind of weird. But, it was fun. Bravotv.com: They kept saying you went from a boy to a man. Like the first episode you were struggling with maybe [the fact that] you were working with a gay model and you kind of made a big deal about it in the first episode. Do you think that your mind has totally just opened?
First of all, at the beginning of the competition, I was not homophobic. I have tons of gay friends. I just felt uncomfortable for my first shot because me and my mom and everybody were talking about it and stuff and I just don’t want to be portrayed that way even though I love gay people. They’re some of the funniest people in the world. But I just felt a little awkward to do anything like I wasn’t going to go past the point of kissing him. I would not have kissed him. [He] was like "Why don’t you guys kiss" and I was like, "Hell no, dude!”

Bravotv.com: What was your favorite challenge?
My favorite challenge was probably, I would have to say, the Timothy Greenfield one, with the portraits. That was just awesome. It was so much fun.

Bravotv.com: One of the judges asked you an interesting question: You are so close to your mother. Once your modeling career really starts, you’re going to be traveling all over. You’re going to be separated from her. Have you thought about that and how you’re going to handle that?
Me and my mom talked about it a lot and I’m ready to get out there. I’m ready to leave home. I’m 19 years old now. I’m just ready to get out there and find out what this world’s got to give me.

Bravotv.com: What are you going to do with the money?
With the money, I’m getting my mom a nice car, and then I’m going to move to New York. And I have a couple bills.

Bravotv.com: Well you won, so are you going to take Nicole out?
I wish!

Bravotv.com: Do you have any final thoughts about this season that you want to share with your fans or want to say anything to them?
I just want to say to all my fans, thank you for believing in me and helping me along the way. It was a great season. It was a great accomplishment and it was just a great privilege to have and I’m very privileged to have fans like everybody that I’m around. So, thanks to everyone.