A Cosmo Man

Nicole breaks down the final competition.

Bravotv.com: First, the three guys got that great shoot, the Polaroid shoot. What does that mean for them?
I think the way they all reacted was so amazing to me because sometimes people don’t realize how lucky they are to work with someone so special, and the camera is so special, but they all really realized it and they were all very grateful and appreciative towards Timothy, and I thought that was pretty sweet. And they understood what was going on, which shows that all of them are supermodels. I’m so proud of all of them! It was such a happy day for me and Tyson to be sitting there watching them work in front of that camera with Timothy and it was a great energy that day. It was really a special moment for all of us.

Bravotv.com: Do you think they had a "less is more" situation? They didn’t really have to do much; it was more about keeping it subtle. Do you think that is harder to do?
It is, definitely. I watched when they were leaving the house. They were all like, “I’m going to give it my all today,” which might have meant, for them, giving all of their energy and really working it out, but they only took one picture so they had to put all of their energy into that one picture and I think they all hit it spot-on. They were all phenomenal. All of the pictures showed their different characters. Their personalities really got brought out this time because it was raw — it was just them. And I just thought that they all did a fantastic job. I thought that Branden won because of that photo shoot. It was as if he’d been studying all season and that was his graduation to become a supermodel after that. It was so great to see him have that transformation on the show. And to see him win was really great. I think he deserved it. I knew it the whole way through.

Bravotv.com: Next, they had the Cosmo shoot. How do you think they all did?
I thought Jonathan was going to do the best at that because he is such a Cosmo boy. But they liked Brandon the most. Didn’t they? It’s so funny because I see Branden on the runways in Milan and everything, but the fact that he had that versatility and he really charmed them was awesome. I felt they all did a good job. The Cosmo man is very specific though and the fact that they did a good job was great. I think that Sandhurst was the only one that didn’t have a good chance in the beginning because he’s got a good body — muscular and stuff — so he’s not really a Cosmo man, but he still did wel. They were really great. I’m glad they got that opportunity.

Bravotv.com: And finally they have the catwalk. First they had to do the odder one with the large graphic suits and stuff, and then they got to do a Ben Sherman one.
I was really impressed. I thought they all looked like stars on the runway. This time I thought they all looked so great on the runway. Especially Branden and Jonathan were so great on the runway this time. They just blew my mind. They looked like they were on a runway in Milan and Paris. They looked natural. They looked like supermodels. It was great. And Branden just stepped it up. He was just like "I need to win this, I want this." You could see how much he wanted it. He’s just ready. He’s young. He’s in the perfect position. He has no baggage. He’s excited. He’s vibrant. He’s naive and innocent and he’s charming. He has everything that it takes to be a supermodel. And he’s the one that deserves the opportunity more than anyone else. The other two are going to be supermodels too, I think. They have a lot of potential and I hope that they carry on and just rock it, because all of them are winners, really, at the end of the day.Bravotv.com: Do you think it will be easier for one of the guys to break into the modeling, than maybe one of the girls?
Yeah, I almost even think the girls got stronger. Mountaha is really edgy. I think she’s going to work a lot. I really loved her. And I think that Salome was my favorite. I really loved her from the beginning. I thought that she was going to win from the moment she walked in the door.  I’ve seen her recently, and she lost half of the weight. So, she’s looking rocking right now and I think she’s really going to do really well. I think she’s going to make a lot of money. She’s a photographer’s dream. She’s really good. If only she’d come into the competition now. She’s just worked so hard. She’s got such a great work ethic and everyone loves her. She’s just so special.

Bravotv.com: Any final words for your fans? Or where can they see you next?
I just shot the cover of Ocean Drive Magazine. So they’ll be seeing that on July 17th, and I’m shooting for Victoria's Secret this month as well. I’m starting to shoot for them again, which is a big thing for me. I have a calendar coming out that I shot with Russell James. It’s a nude calendar. So they’ll be seeing that soon as well, and I have a bunch of editorials coming out. I I also have a movie coming out june 12th called the Last International Playboy.

Bravotv.com: Any final words for your fans or the fans of the show?
Thank you so much for all of your support.

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.