Cast Blog: #SUPERMODEL

The Gloves Are Off

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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

The Gloves Are Off

Ronnie finds his voice, and the other models need to watch out.

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Dear the Supermodels God that be,

OK -- I got the message loud and clear. The gloves are coming off, and it's time for me speak my mind. No sugar coating, no sensors. I have remained focus and professional in this competition, but now it's time to be more assertive and protect my own interest. While trying to remain thoughtful and respectful of others, I have somehow silenced myself and it's time to express my opinion.

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I view this competition for what it is, a business venture. In any business, you have to take risks, make large investments, learn from our mistakes in order to be successful. Deciding to be on this show has been the biggest risk I have taken in 25yrs. I had no idea what I was getting my self into, but I have no regrets. My reality has become that of a disciplined student, who wants to be made into a Supermodel.

While everything else back home has been put on hold, I'm surrounded by strangers that I cannot trust because we are all fighting for the same piece of pie (sugar free of course) and I have to prove that my hunger has to be satisfied. I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I do know all the sacrifices that I have made will be made worthwhile and my return on my investment will be great if I work hard and stay true to myself.

With that said, I feel that I was wronged this week by being in the bottom three. I respect panels decision but I believe it was based on misfortune and conflicting interpretations of third party feed back. This week was all about being a brand ambassador for companies like Proctor and Gamble, Bayer, Nikon, Bank of America and more. I enjoyed wearing and representing Marthe Francis Girbaud for their video look book but unfortunately the roles I was given in the scenes were supporting ones. Stephanie at Bloomingdales felt my performance was pushed and at times fake while Jennifer took the time to speak with the customers and received very positive feedback: they expressed that my approach was friendly and un-intrusive, that I modeled the clothing well, and thought on my feet. I may be a lot of things but one thing I am not is fake. Perhaps the truth is that Stephanie was assigning her own meaning to my behavior and she misinterpreted.

My geniue energy and enthusiasm. Finally the catwalk, we were styled by Shannon and the team from New York vintage in two looks to life, but agree with panel that I sported my Ralph Lauren tuxedo the best. At this point in the competition there is no room for mistakes. I am not ready to go home but Casey has proven to be at this point the least confident and immature model in the house while Ben has shown himself to be apathetic, angry, and in competition with himself.

Right now the girls pose the biggest threat and I'm not sure why. Watch what happens....

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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.