Dude, Just Be A Model

Find out why Nicole got mad at everyone this week.

This week the models had to work with animals, and then they did a refined country look on the catwalk. We'll go through each model. First there's Branden. How he's doing?

I think he's doing great. He was really funny on this episode because he was so scared of the bull, which was really unexpected from him. He did a good job. He needs to work on his posture. Other than that he's good. I thought it was so funny how the trainer took away his bacon. He made me fall in love with bacon.

It seems like the guys are eating poorly, but it doesn’t seem to affect them.

Branden looks like he has naturally good genes. Sandhurst has big thighs and he's a dancer and all that, but did you see the size of that cereal bowl? I cannot believe he was eating that. Come on, man.

What about Sandhurst? He didn't get the go-see because he couldn't really fit the jeans.

I'm sure he can tone down a bit. I don't think anyone's really addressed it because his body is so ripped.

He used to be stronger on runway with bad pictures, but now that's reversed.

I agree with Harry Josh about how he has his eyes closed on the runway and he just looks really, really tired and bored. I feel like he could use a bit more energy and in his photos he's been taking advice well and he's stopped being such a performer. He's relaxed. When I first saw him he came off as really commercial to me.

What about Jonathan?

Jonathan is doing really great and the only thing he really needs to work on is his arms with his walk. He looks like a classic model. He's doing well. He owned it this week. It was cool to see him in his element. He was graceful and not cocky about it.

What about Mountaha?

She had a little trouble with the calf she worked with. I felt really bad for it. I just wanted to jump in there and save it. It's hard when you work with an animal because you know you can't speak to them, but they do see your energy. She had a really anxious energy about it. That made it hard. Sandhurst was with the same animal and he did it brilliantly. Mountaha just needs to be sometimes and realize what's going on around her. She needs to get into her surroundings a little more. That would have worked for her.

Have you worked with a lot of animals before?

Yeah. Tons. But it's hard, you know? I've worked with Rottweilers and tons of different animals. Some of them are really hard to control. I did this work for Cartier and we had poodles and dalmatians walking down the runway and they were just walking all over the place. Why would you do this? These dogs just can't walk straight. I'm walking down a runway. You kind of just have to work with it.

What about Salome? She was kind of in her element.

Salome. She did a great job. I was proud of her. Salome's a photographer's dream. She works the camera and she's really inspiring and creative. I don't know one photographer who has said something really bad about her and that's a really good trait to have as a model. Sometimes when you're in front of the camera people freeze and that's not something you can work on. She's just natural in front of the lens. I think she did a good job this week.

What about Jordan?

I didn't really think much about Jordan this week. She's a great model. I don't have anything good or bad to say. I'm kind of neutral.

What about Amanda? She was criticized for being too sexy.

She was too sexy. I was really wary of that in the beginning when she first came in. It was funny because I remember how she was telling CJ that she was porn star. What she did, that's a different kind of model search.

Finally we have Colin, who went home.

That's a damn shame.

Tyson said you got mad at him.

I got mad at everyone. I was like, "What are you doing? You have to bring him back!" It's a damn shame, man. I wish that something clicked in him, because he's like mimicking being a model. Dude, just be one!

Do you think he could improve over time?

Yeah, for sure. When he sees himself differently. When you watch yourself on TV you get a different view. Different people realize their bad habits in different way. If you watch yourself, you get it.

Who are the biggest threats at this point?

I think Jonathan is very consistent. He's a threat. It's really hard to say though.

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.