Tyra Banks has crowned yet another girl ‘America’s Next Top Model‘.
Teyona Anderson, 20, was named the winner of the 12th cycle of the show. Regular viewers probably weren’t surprised. The chameleon-like Teyona showed a knack for transforming and reinventing herself in front of the camera, earning kudos for looking completely different in her pictures.
After her win, the New Jersey native said, “I’ve wanted to do this for so long. I want to model. That’s my passion.”
While her beautiful pictures launched her easily into the top three, Teyona barely made it into the final two. A Cover Girl commercial shoot in the preliminary round made her so nervous she broke down into tears. However, she composed herself and beat out Aminat Ayinde for one of the two spots in the finals.
She was joined by Allison Harvard, a 20-year-old artist from New Orleans who early on professed a morbid fascination with blood but nonetheless churned out sexy but sweet photos almost every week. The two finalists walked in the Rosa Cha fashion show in Brazil, complete with tiny bikinis, samba dance steps… and some sort of oiled-up slip ‘n slide.
The Chicago Sun-Times called it “the most bizarre America’s Next Top Model finale ever.”
“The girls oiled up with black grease, and writhed down the runway on their hands and knees, wearing bikinis. At one point, Teyona’s weave came out, and she began gesturing with it wildly. This was considered a good thing
Allison and Teyona were virtually neck-and-neck at the end. While the judges agreed that Allison had grown the most during the competition, Teyona had more drive.
“I wanted it badly,” said Allison, the runner-up. “But I just think it’s huge that I made it this far. I’m super disappointed, but at the same time, I’ve gotten to do some much.”
For winning, Teyona walked away with Elite Model Management and Cover Girl contracts, a six-page spread in Seventeen magazine, and bragging rights.
The results were overshadowed by news that former supermodel Paulina Porizkova had been fired as a judge.
“The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed, that [the show] has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me,” Porizkova said.
The LA Times wondered if there might be another reason, such as bad blood between Porizkova and ‘Top Model’ star and executive producer Tyra Banks? Perhaps: “I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego,” said Porizkova. “Which I wasn’t aware of until I was told by the producers that I had an ego problem.”
In the end, though, Teyona owned the ‘Top Model’ spotlight.
“I’m so proud of myself, it’s ridiculous,” she said, adding, “…like, is this for real?!'”