Physically and Creatively

Shannon's health forces her to go to the hospital.

This week started off pretty sour for me because Jacki was eliminated. I'll miss her a lot, but I know that when everything is said and done she and I will continue to be friends.

However, the week must go on. We got a big surprise when we found out we were going away for a winter weekend. We were staying at Windham resort in the Catskills, which was unbelievably beautiful. We were going to have a photo shoot with Dennis G. about speed and motion. A lifestyle shoot about basically having fun in the snow.

I was definitely looking forward to it until I very suddenly felt ill. I really don't know what happened to me but I was incredibly nauseated and had to go see a nurse. I felt able enough to work by the time the shoot got started but I couldn't help but further destroy my body. While performing I took a bad fall and busted my knee open. The bleeding wouldn't stop very easily and there was blood all over the snow. So physically, I was a mess but creatively the shoot was very successful for me because Dennis loved my work and said I out shined both of my partners.

It really wasn't my objective to out shine anybody because the shoot was also about having chemistry. But at the same time im happy to know that the photographer liked my performance, and as a model that's one of the best things you can hear.

While in Catskill we stayed in an amazing log cabin which had to be to good to be true and of course ....it was. The next morning Clay showed up and said we have to compete to find out who'll clean the house head to toe. So we had series of games in the snow, all of which were very fun. However the whole point of the competition was lost on me considering I enjoy cleaning. I just would really like to have seen Perry, Casey and Frankie clean because they can be extremely messy.

My team ended up losing but I had more important things on my mind like the upcoming catwalk. Time went by I just got more and more sick. I really didn't want to go to the hospital at all but on the morning of catwalk, I couldn't even stand so I had to go. I felt like pure death but I rushed the doctors because I wasn't about to miss the catwalk for anything short of actual death. Everybody wanted me to stay but I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I didn't at least try -- so I went and gave it my best but Corey said he can tell that I was sick and my catwalk was not my best.


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Not something I loved hearing but I couldn't break my obligations after wards I went back to the hospital because I really wanted to feel better and I didn't want to have to worry about this kind of thing for next week. But then again anything worth having is worth fighting for and fighting through. So I'm sure next week will be an even bigger challenge.

I'm ready for it.

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Portraying the Sexy

Tyson Beckford offers his final words on the three finalists.

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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 out.Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: 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

Bravotv.com: 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.

Bravotv.com: Do have any parting words?
I thank all the viewers for watching and keeping us close to their heart.

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