Dear Supermodel Gods that be,
This week began with being diagnosed with a flu that aggravated a pre-existing sinus infection and suffering through 102.3 F fever, what fun!!! I wish Stephanie all the success she deserves in this industry and will miss her presence in the house.
I asked the panel at eliminations what specifically I could do to break free from the All American catalog model to step into the edgy, sexy and confident high fashion model that will win this competition. The transformation has begun; I needed a strong new haircut from my girl Sheridan at Cutler, less weight lifting and more running with Clay, and to perform a jaw-dropping catwalk. After being in the bottom three, two weeks in a row -- I owed it not only to myself and all those who gave me another chance via their vote, but most importantly I owed it to my Mom (who I know has chewed her fingers down to nubs with stress) to get with the program.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted the wild week that was prepared for us. From swimming in a tank full of water with a six foot boa constrictor for our photo shoot with Bill and our outdoor endurance catwalk training with Debbie and David, to struggling down the catwalk in elaborate headpieces by Heather Huey and being escorted by none other than Sheepy the dragsheep...as Sheepy was a male fashioning off diamond earrings and a sparkling tiara... it was a proud moment for both of us.
You just can't make this stuff up, it really happened!! Panel made me feel like $100,000 with their kind words and compliments this week; that is life changing money. For me though the money is an added bonus to winning the competition. The real prize is the opportunity to be taken under the wing of NY models and being cultivated into a true Supermodel.
My heart races with the very thought of traveling the world with Cory and David, meeting new people, learning about fashion and culture and living the extraordinary life I have dreamed of ever since I was a little boy. With each passing week my appetite for this industry grows and my thirst for knowledge ceases to be quenched. Nikki and Tyson have my deepest respect for earning their titles in this industry and if I was honored to win that very same title it would make me want to work that much harder to prove that I deserve to retain it.
Next to my deeply rooted passion for this industry the number one thing that separates me from my competition is that I know it's not 'all about me' and my comfort zone. It's all about meeting others where they are most comfortable and being able to observe and adapt accordingly. I stated at the beginning of the competition that what you see is what you get and that I am in it, to win it; that is a check that you can take to the bank.
While I know my fate rests in the hands of America, ultimately I can only hold myself accountable for proving to them that I am the most deserving. As far as this weeks bottom three, I personally feel that Ben and Jacki are most deserving of another chance, but that decision is out of my hands, I am the happiest guy alive and I am so thankful for this journey.
All my love goes out to my friends at Minibar Chicago, 4H Productions, Center on Halsted, and 21st Century Consulting. A special thank you to my friend German whose truly knows first hand what an emotionally challenging and character building experience this has been for me. You are in my thoughts Papi.
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