June 13, 2011

'America's Next Top Model' crowns Brittani Kline its winner

Ah, yet another cycle of America's Next Top Model comes to a close.
The season finale saw Brittani and Molly competing for the top position. Molly seemed to have the edge going into the episode after a winning streak of three first call-outs. Meanwhile, Brittani was quite nervous and teary during the majority of the episode, despite nailing her CoverGirl commercial through her fears.  So, who won the title of America's Next Top Model?
Before their CoverGirl commercial and print ad, Brittani and Molly meet with Ivan Bart, the head of IMG. Both girls impress the boss with their looks and portfolio, but he seems to prefer Brittani's attitude to Molly's angry yet professional vibe. 
The CoverGirl product du jour is "Lip Perfection Lip Color." The girls will have a teleprompter - which doesn't necessarily result in better commercials in the ANTM world - while being filmed from different angles simultaneous. Sounds fancy! They also have their print ads, of course. 
Cue the tears for Brittani. For some reason, they have been paying off for Brittani during her photoshoots. Unfortunately, they won't work for commercials. Molly nails her lines during rehearsal while Brittani gets shaky and nervous.
However, art doesn't imitate life this time around as Brittani magically transforms into a gorgeous, elegant model for the commercial, while Molly looks a bit stiff, albeit professional and smooth.
Vogue Italia:
It's time for the six-page shoot in Vogue Italia that Tyra has been promising all season! Riding high from her success at the CoverGirl shoot, Brittani hopes that she has an edge over Molly, who looks worried and sulky from the day before. 
But that takes a turn when Molly's mother visits the girls, giving Molly a much-needed endorphin boost. It's really sad to see Brittani without her mother, who couldn't make it due to medical reasons. Her mood changes for the worst while Molly and her very sweet mother spend some quality time together.  It's one of the most moving moments from this cycle to see Brittani promising her mother (over Skype) that she'll win so she could take care of her!
The Runway:
The girls are joined by Ann, the previous cycle's winner, Kasia, Alexandria, and Hannah, to walk in the famous Vivienne Westwood runway show. Famed for her theatrical clothing and makeup, Westwood is a fashion icon, and the girls are lucky to walk in her show. True to form, the girls have very punk-like hair and doll-like makeup. It's almost like Gothic Lolita with brighter makeup. Very cool!
The finale quickly takes a turn for the unexpected when Brittani, during one of her poses with Molly, GIGGLES during the runway! It's shocking to see someone laugh during a dramatic runway show. It's too bad because she and Molly had been nailing their walks until that point. 
To make matters worse, Brittani also takes a bad tumble after slipping on an errant rose petal! It's a pretty severe fall that she can't possibly salvage and manages to limp to the finish. Remember when Chantal took a fall in Beijing? Pretty sure that cost her the win against Saleisha.
Judges' Table:
The girls have new, fierce haircuts for panel... suggested by Ivan Bart himself! Molly looks so much fresher after her weave ordeal and Brittani can really rock the short look! She looks amazing. The judges begin to compare the girls' runway walks, commercials, and print ads.
I must say that I prefer Molly's CoverGirl print ad over Brittani's; it just seems more "CoverGirl" to me. I thought Brittani would be chastised harshly for laughing during the runway but Tyra lets her off relatively easy. Both are praised for their smooth commercial.
The judges deliberate over the collective body of work and spout some random model words like "It" factor, movement, romantic, etc. At this point, you can't tell who's going to win...
...until Tyra announces that it's Brittani!! Yes!! I was rooting for her from the beginning. She always takes fierce photos and has such a winning personality. While poor Molly takes the news pretty hard, she sounds like she'll be happy to be home. 
I'm pleased at Brittani's win! Do you agree with the judges' decisions or were you rooting for Brittani? Tell us in the comments!

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