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Americaís Next Top Model 2 Ė Whoís Got the Goods to Win?Page 2
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April: Oh, April. Thank goodness I have her pictures to judge because, by golly, I STILL donít have an opinion of her. I know there have been several episodes that have tried to give her some kind of personality, but for some reason itís not coming through to me. She just doesnít stick out to me the way the other girls are, and to be quite honest, I can probably tell you more about Bethany or Heather then I can April. I understand that she is supposed to be some really driven woman that doesnít know how to embrace her ethnicity, but besides what I have seen in her pictures, I have nothing else to really say about her. On that note, on we go!
There is no doubt in my mind that Aprilís ďLaundryĒ shot is her best. I mean, just look at it! Her pose is amazing, and it quite safe to say that from this shoot, she easily walked away with the tightest pose. Itís almost impossible to see the harness that she is wearing, and it looks like she is just hanging from the rings on her own. Her face shows no emotion, except for the fierceness in her eyes. One leg is totally straight, and I know that could not have been easy. I give April much credit for this shot because it truly does look amazing. Definitely an ad in itself!
Although I feel that Aprilís shots have been consistent for the most part, I still have to pick a worst shot for her. I would say it was her latest, the ad for the glasses. Janice Dickinson said it best when she compared April to a ďcorpseĒ in the picture and said she looked like her ďvibrator batteries ran out.Ē In this photo, April looks like Christina Aguilera, pushed over and trampled on by fans. I liked it when I first saw it, but as everyone started to comment on it, I started to realize what they didnít like about it, and then I started not to like the same things. I will say in Aprilís defense that even though this is her worst shot, itís still not that bad. In fact, I donít think itís going to be her photos that do her in, but the personality that she is lacking, which all the other girls have.
Yoanna: Iíve come to find that people either truly love Yoanna, or they donít like her at all. Iím trying to be objective, but itís not working. I think Iím one of those people that donít like her. As much as Camille got on my nerves, it equally got on my nerves when Yoanna spent every second of her day complaining about Camille and how much they donít like one another. Camille didnít gloat over it, so I wish Yoanna would just lay it to rest. I will say this about her: Since Jenascia left, Yoanna has been consistent in the joke department. Regardless of her hatred for Camille, she has a great personality. I do worry over the fact that she quickly lost weight before the show, but I canít prove anything, so letís move on.
Just to show you that it wasnít easy, just like Shandi, I picked out the Quench shot as Yoannaís worst. Is it me, or does she look like she is casting for a part in The Miracle of Life, as the fetus? Her position in the photo looks like she is in her third trimester and ready to be welcomed to the world. I wasnít feeling this picture at all, and neither were the judges, who also compared her to an unborn fetus. So tranquil and so alien like, that itís almost scary. Definitely not a good shot for her. It was tough though because I didnít like her Steve Madden shot either because she looks like she is asleep. Remember when I called her boring in my preview article? I was wrong on that account, but her photos make me yawn every time I see them.
Easily, I picked out Yoannaís Garden of Eden shot as her best. Recently, the Americanís Next Top Model website changed the whole picture to just a face close-up, so you canít see the whole thing Ė but let me tell you, her pose was pretty tight. Although, with just the close-up of her face itís easy to see what a natural beauty Yoanna is. Her face is so clear, skin is so smooth and the bone structure in her face is outstanding. There is no denying that Yoanna is a very beautiful woman, and this shot just adds fuel to the fire. I think it would be pretty tough for her to beat this photo, but there is still time left in the competition, and anything can happen at this stage.
I had said above that I had no idea who could win at this point. However, that doesnít mean that Iím not going to make a guess. I think that Shandi is going to be eliminated next. The reason for that is because she is too emotionally unstable to be a true model. I think she would miss home way too much and wouldnít be able to adapt to all the traveling. April will probably go next. As consistent as her photos have been, I donít think she has the personality to make it in this business. You canít be serious, all the time, and that is what she is Ė from what we have seen. Iím guessing it will come down to Mercedes and Yoanna, with Yoanna being the winner and me collapsing in a puddle of my own tears. Why do I think she will win? Simply because Tyra has said the winner of this competition must eat, sleep, and breathe ďmodel.Ē That is exactly what Yoanna does, and itís no secret that she wants this more than anything. I hope Iím wrong, and please, let Mercedes win, but itís going to be interesting to watch this all unfold, thatís for sure!
Phil Kural is a senior at Temple University, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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