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America’s Next Top Model 7: Top Model TipsPage 2
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The same thing can be said about girls that don’t take the best photos in the world but have awesome personalities. In season three, the judges loved Ann’s personality, but she continually fell flat in her photos. However, she was kept over girls that weren’t giving enough in the personality department. Brittany in season four was the same way. In the beginning, her personality was overshadowing her pictures and making them look, as Tyra said, “hoochie.” However, once Brittany toned it down, she became a frontrunner and made it all the way to the final four. So even though pictures count for most of the judging, it’s a smart idea to have a bubbly, winning personality, at least to gain you a few more weeks in the competition to work on other flaws.
Rule #5 – Focus on yourself, not the other girls. How many times have we seen one of the girls get so wrapped up in what everyone else is doing that they forget to focus on themselves? Too many times! It frustrates me when some girls forget that they are there to win. In season one, Elyse lost focus halfway through the competition when she was worried about what Robin was doing all the time. Granted, Elyse was still able to turn out great photos, but she was still lacking focus. The same thing went for Michelle in season four. Michelle was constantly trying to one-up each of the other girls and always worried that she would be the girl going home. The second she gained some confidence and stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing, she started to do better in her photos.
There is really no room for distractions. Once the other girls see that you have a weakness, most of them will have no problems exploiting it. We saw last season how Ashley told Kim right off the bat that she needed to lose some weight. This made Kim a little skeptical about the photos she was taking. Ann messed with Cassie during season three when she fooled around with Cassie’s brownies in the kitchen. It was an inside joke that Cassie was anorexic, and the more some of the girls hinted towards this, the more Cassie lost focus. Rather than show the other girls that they were getting to her, Cassie should have focused and worked harder. Instead, she crumbled.
In cycle five, of course, we had the infamous granola bar incident, which created drama between Bre and Nicole. Believing that Nicole stole raided her food stash, Bre retaliated by pouring out Nicole’s Red Bulls. The situation got so out of control that the other girls, especially Kim, were pulled into the fight, and the judges and even Tyra eventually learned of the incident. Neither Nicole nor Bre seemed to be affected by the incident at their next photo shoot, but both girls were lucky not to have been sent home because they were distracted by a couple of missing granola bars. In cycle six, Jade caused a number of problems, most notably with Nnenna and her relationship with her boyfriend. That may be part of the reason she kept winding up the bottom two - she spent more time scheming and bugging people than she did focusing on her photo shoots. If she’d focused as much energy on modeling as she did on interfering with other people’s lives, she would have gotten a lot more praise.
Rule #6 – Roll with the punches and don’t fight with the judges! This is probably one of if not the most important rule. The judges don’t want to hear excuses. They don’t want to hear that the photographer was messing you up or the other people in the photo were distracting you. Jayla tried to pull that excuse last season and the judges wanted no part of it. Each girl must realize that she is going to be critiqued – sometimes good and sometimes bad. Lluvy was in the bottom two for three weeks in a row but never snapped at the judges and always tried to take their advice. Therefore, she continued to hang around. In season four, Tiffany faltered during a challenge in front of the judges and wanted to give up, then began to tell the judges they were humiliating her. Even though the judges wanted her to win, they were done with her attitude and sent her home.
It doesn’t matter how much the judges like you – if you can’t take criticism, you will be eliminated. During season two, Camille was told that she didn’t have a good walk. However, she argued with the judges that it was her “signature walk” and it was going to make her famous one day. Has anyone heard or seen of her since? Exactly my point. If you want to succeed and gain the respect of the judges, you better not argue with them. Instead, take their criticism and comments seriously. Nicole proved that if you are willing to listen and work at it, you will win the competition.
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