When Cycle 15 of Tyra Banks’s hit show started a couple of months back, I had my eyes fixated on another girl – week after week – in the Top 14. Jane Randall, that Ivy Leaguer from Baltimore was the one I thought could win it all. Up to the point when the Top 4 contenders (Jane, Kayla, Ann and Chelsea) were announced, I was still rooting for her. And then the biggest surprise happened. Jane and Jayla were booted in favor of Ann and Chelsea.I must admit to being so disappointed that Jane was eliminated. From that point on, I transferred my gaze on Chelsea and never on Ann – a 6’2″ shy and gangly girl from Texas who won one challenge after another but never really floated my boat, so to speak. The prize package for the winner – including a much-desired cover on Vogue Italia – was just too grand. I never saw Ann as high fashion ingenue. But I’m no expert in analyzing fashion models so the judges must have seen something unique in her.
Ann will always be the thin and reserved girl who rarely get noticed inside the house but, according to the judges, get into ‘superpower’ mode in all the challenges. She had this scary look that needed to be overhauled big time. And everytime I noticed her arms, they were just so dangerously slim supporting her slouched head and shoulders. But when the competition was down to the Final 2, I may have finally seen what the rest of the world did – a highly unorthodox beauty who can capture your attention in an unusual way.
If you look at the image on the left, you will agree with me that Ann looked really scared and scary. But this was early on during Cycle 15 and some major corrections have already been put in place. Her thinness is not something worth emulating so there’s really no need for young American girls to go anorexic just to enter the show.
All I can say is….best of luck in your modeling career and let’s hope you won’t disappoint the people behind Vogue Italia. Comparing the image here and the big one on top, you’ve really gone a long way! 😉