Take a Chill Pill

Find out if Nicole agreed with the judges' decision this week.

The models had to do a 1960s inspired mod shoot. They were working in pairs. Let's go through each pair of models. First we have Branden and Sandhurst. Sandhurst had some trouble keeping his eyes open.

The boys reaked of insecurity. They looked so damn uncomfortable. I felt sorry for them because they were so inhibited by their ego so they couldn't get into it. It's fun. It's the 60's. I can't believe they couldn't just embrace it and have fun with it. It sucked.

Branden pointed at the camera.

He was completely clueless with what he was doing. They lacked confidence and charm.

Next you have Jonathan and Jordan, who worked really well together.

They did. They were awesome. I loved everything about what they did. They went first and they did a great job. Loved it.

Kerryn and Colin. The judges said they had no chemistry.

I don't think they should have paired up together because in real life they have some stuff going on, so when they're in front of the camera they're  just not good actors. Leave your personal sh-- at home. Work is work and you gotta leave it at home, which is what we've been telling them.

Kerryn got sent home and wasn't happy about it. Do you think it was too early for her?

It was hard, because it's getting down to some tough competition. She's had a really beautiful run. I would have liked to see her stay. I feel she could have improved a lot and she's improving quickly, so she showed us that she can do that. I thought she should have stayed longer.

Then there's Laury, who was also eliminated.

I thought Laury could have been eliminated in the first few weeks. That was no surprise to me at all. She just needs to be more confident about her face. Her energy is a little big crazy sometimes. She needs to just take a chill pill and direct her energy and know where she's focusing her energy. Nothing rang true about her for me.

Did you agree with Marlon about how she should have been more confident with the style war?

That's the thing. Some of Laury's decisions I was confused with. She has this idea of what she's meant to look like in her head, but she's not really taking anything we're saying to her. She's the one dictating and she's her own worst enemy.

Then there was Mountaha and Salome.

I loved their photo. I loved watching them shoot. They fit into the 60s so well and they were both so adorable. They had good chemistry. It was awesome. I have to say something I noticed about Salome, when she went on the go-see this week and said, "I feel like they're wasting my time and theirs." I thought that was the most ridiculous comment. If I would have known she had said that I would have kicked her out. In modeling, you only get 10 percent of the castings you go on. You get turned down every day and if she's gonna have that attitude it's not going to work.

You did an Elie Tahari campaign. How do you think they did with that?

Mountaha is awesome, but she's definitely not the Tahari look. It's just one of those things that didn't fit together. Salome, she's really green, and she's loving being green. She's making every single person know she's green instead of trying to fit into the industry and be cool and calm and collected. She's a little too camp.

Laury thought it was an act. Do you think she genuinely doesn't know what things are?

There's some authenticity to it. She's really naive and she's a little bit annoying. It's interesting that she's never watched TV and because we found interest in her she's using it and she'll be like, "Oh, I don't know." But you knew how to get on Make Me A Supermodel so you must know something.

What about Colin?

Colin is impoving. I loved his creativity with the photo shoot. I was expecting him to be the shy one, but Kerryn was. She lacked confidence on the photo shoot. He's so spunky.

And Amanda?

She's getting a little weak. I feel some demons fighting her right now. She's got to be careful because she's created some enemies in the house. She needs to edgy up a little. She's really commercial, but we seemed to edgy her up a little bit with her hair and she needs to have a different attitude. She's doing pretty well so we'll see how it goes.

Have you ever done a style war?

No. I thought it was awesome. I had fun watching it. I was just so in awe in what they were doing. I thought it was so cool. It was a fun episode.

Who do you think is a frontrunner now?

Mountaha, because she's consisent which is important. Sandhurst is a frontrunner. Jonathan is a frontrunner. Jordan is a frontrunner. Colin is a frontrunner.

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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.


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