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America’s Next Top Model 3, the Finale: Amanda, Eva or MY Yaya?by Phil Kural -- 12/19/2004
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As you’ll remember, the search for America’s Next Top Model started with 14 girls. This season’s competition was the toughest yet. There were more unpredictable photo shoots, much more drama, and some very difficult cuts. After this recap though, only one girl will win. Will it be Amanda, who captivated the judges from the beginning with her ice blue eyes? But nobody knew that her most striking feature was her legal blindness. It never held her back though, but a top model has to look the part in person as well, so Amanda has to prove her style.
Will it be Eva, who served it up in casting like Eva the Diva. When she found out that her attitude was causing controversy, she teared up. Eva’s struggle has turned to spunk, and the shortest of the bunch has to rise above all to win tonight.
Will it be MY Yaya, the Ivy League grad who has overcome skin problems? With that behind her, her natural beauty broke out, and although her intelligence made her stand out, it made her seem cold at times as well. Could she be relatable? From L.A. to New York, and Jamaica to Tokyo the girls battled it out, but who will win? Find out right here! I hope it’s MY Yaya!
We are still in Tokyo, Japan. Eva says that there are only three girls left, and it could be her, Amanda or Yaya. Yaya says that there is a third of a chance it could be her, and she can’t believe it. Amanda says Ann only hugged Yaya and herself, and Eva says it was crushing her. Eva says there are always repercussions, and after it all went down, she knew things would happen, but the whole thing is a life learning experience. She also says that nobody is seeing that she is changing, and everyone still labels her as the “bad girl.” MY Yaya even tells the camera that she makes no special arrangements to include Eva in anything.
Tyra mail! The girls have to be ready by 8:15 a.m., and they are going to learn to be a true Cover Girl. Yaya says that she exudes no energy for Eva once again, but now it’s all for her. Eva says that at the last elimination ceremony, Tyra said that none of the remaining girls could be ANTM. Amanda says that she has to learn to be striking in person. Jay Manuel greets the girls, and tells them that it’s their Cover Girl photo shoot for a new lip gloss. He also tells them that the shoot for today will be the lip gloss ad that is run during Christmas – well, for the winner! Amanda hopes that her best will be good enough.
As the girls get ready, they are all very nervous. They meet the photographer and Amanda is going first. She tries to show her inner joy and wants to show her smile. Jay says that Amanda gets the whole thing and exudes the look that you ask for with no problems.
Eva is up next and says she’ll be a star. She gets ready for her shot and starts to realize that she has no room to mess up. She shows her smile, and Amanda says that Eva didn’t look like she had any energy. Jay says that when he met Eva, she was tough, but slowly let the wall come down. MY Yaya goes last and says that she wants to show herself as friendly as she begins her shoot. She’s staying positive and Jay says that her makeup looks great, without even being retouched. He says she did a great job. Way to go, MY Yaya!
As the girls get ready to leave, Jay says that before today, he didn’t think that any of them had what it takes, but today, they all did it and probably because they knew that if they won, that would be the ad that ran.
The girls head to a go-see right after their shoot, and Jay says that they have learned about fashion in Tokyo, and Noriko is a fashion designer in Tokyo. Eva is excited and is 5’7” but doesn’t have to be tall to be great, and knows that. Each girl models some of Noriko’s clothes, and Yaya says that if her skirt were done in the states, it would be a bit hoochie. Amanda has to try on a dress for weddings, and it’s not really her thing, but she still rocked it out. On that, the girls head back to their apartment.
More Tyra mail! It tells them that tomorrow, only two girls will continue on. Amanda still can’t believe it, and Eva can’t believe that she’s still in the competition. Yaya says that there is going to be anxiety going into panel. As the girls walk in the judging room, Tyra says that only two girls will be left standing and they will face off in a fashion show. That performance will help to determine who will win. She reminds them of the prizes once again, and introduces the judges, along with guest judge, Noriko. Tyra reiterates that they did a Cover Girl photo shoot, and the winner’s ad will appear in magazines, which will start her Cover Girl contract.
Amanda is the first to go and the judges aren’t fond of her wearing her glasses, since it doesn’t make her look like a model. However, they love her photo and think that she nailed it. Yaya goes next and Nole’ loves her photo. Yaya says it doesn’t look like her, and Tyra says that her bone structure looks great and Nole’ says that it makes her look approachable. Eva is last and she looks great, as the judges say that she looks amazing. Eva says that she was thinking about the contract, and that’s what brought out the smiles.1 2 3 Next-->
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