“America’s Next Top Model: College Edition” crowned its champion Friday (Nov. 16) — so who took the prize?
(Finale spoilers coming right up.)
After final photo shoots for sponsors Nine West and Nylon magazine and a haunted house-themed runway show, the winner is Laura James, the daughter of former “Dynasty” star John James. Kiara finished second, and Leila — who fell during the final runway show — came in third.
Here’s how it went down:
Things don’t start auspiciously for Laura, who was collateral damage in a snit between Kelly Cutrone and the photographer during her shoe photo shoot. The argument left Laura with very little time to get a good shot.
Leila and Kiara have their own problems: Leila has some trouble “connecting to the product,” and Kiara doesn’t want to let go of her serious face.
During a photo shoot for Nylon, Tyra Banks surprises the finalists with visits from family members: Laura’s parents, Leila’s mom and Kiara’s grandma. Tears flow, and the support systems get to be with the models backstage before the final runway show.
Which, by the way, takes place in a supposedly haunted mansion in Jamaica. The finalists are done up in crazy architectural clothes for a ghost-themed walk. Actual Tyra quote: “Their spirit bodies must reclaim their mortal smizes …” Ooooooffff.
Leila takes a tumble both at the beginning and the end of her first walk, twisting her ankle a little as she stepped off the runway onto the grass. Kiara, meanwhile, almost has a panic attack in her changeover, but she makes it down the runway without a hitch.
Judging proceeds without a major meltdown from either the model or the judges. The judges give them a score for their entire time on the show, then add in their social-media scores and challenge scores to arrive at a final grade.
Laura ends up winning by a decent-sized margin: Her final score of 41.2 beats Kiara (36.6) and Leila (35.2).
What do you think of the results? Did the right model win?