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Model Mayhem: The Final Three Girls Face Off on Season Finale of "Top Model"

With Heather out of the running, I'm really not too sure who to root for on America's Next Top Model, which wraps its ninth season (ahem, cycle) tonight after a runway showdown between the final two girls in Beijing.

While the final three girls are certainly beautiful in their own rights, I have to say that I am amazed (shocked, even) that Chantal is still there. Yes, she's cute and bubbly and screams Seventeen magazine, but I don't really think of her as top model material, even if that's print modeling. Chantal's pictures, to me, just come across as pretty flat (or even flatly pretty) but there's nothing original or striking about her. She's the equivalent of a blonde paper doll: pretty but ultimately blandly one-dimensional.

Saleisha seems to be the one with the most raw talent but, while she's the most confident on the runway, her pictures don't seem to capture the intensity and skill that she possesses. Also, I don't care what you call the Clara Bow wannabe hair they gave her, it makes her look more like Tootie from The Facts of Life than any silent film star. Still, Saleisha gave a stunning photograph last week on the Great Wall that made me think that she could pull the assignment of a lifetime off, if she manages to work on her photos and tone down her severity on the runway.

I really did like Jenah for the first few episodes but her attitude of late has been terrible and she's been plagued by waves of self-doubt, homesickness, and, well, bitchiness. (Was anyone else reminded of Caridee's bullfighting arena gaffe when Jenah started "joking" with Nigel?) Still, she has this ethereal, otherworldly quality that photographs amazingly well and she pulled off the runway walk last week with amazing, dramatic effect. Jenah needs to rein in the sarcasm, calm down, and live more in the moment... and she might just walk away with the top prize if she can convince Tyra and the other judges that she really does want to win this and does want to eat, dream, breathe this lifestyle.

Who are you rooting for? And who do you think will ultimately be crowned the winner this season on Top Model?

Comments

Anonymous said…
I still think that Bianca was the most beautiful of all the girls there but she photographed horribly whereas Jenah looks plain but has the most stunning photographs ever.

I was pulling for Jenah to win but her attitude over the last few episodes has really turned me off. She's going to have to pull out all the stops if she wants to impress the judges in the final round.
Anonymous said…
Jenah is going to win. She's the most unusual looking of the three and the most likely to have a modeling career.
Anonymous said…
There really is no one to root for. I want to like Saleisha more, but her Tootie-do is such a distraction.

I guess I'd have to go with Jenah. I've always sorta liked her.
Anonymous said…
I love Jenah!

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