I'm going to take a moment and reflect on tonight's season finale of America's Next Top Model, otherwise known as ANTM. When I just happened to be bored at home on the night of the premier a few months ago, I got sucked in. Within minutes I spotted the lovely Renee and thought, Well it's no contest! She's clearly going to win! She was a gorgeous blond from Maui. And then I saw Natasha, a perky Russian-Texan who quickly became my favorite. Natasha was so bubbly that no failure or drama could keep her down. She took her criticism and turned it into gold, improving every week.
The final four consisted of Natasha, Jaslene, Dionne, and Renee. It made me supremely proud that three of the four of them are mamas. Dionne got the boot and tonight Renee, Natasha, and Jaslene battled it out. I was horrified when, for the first time the ENTIRE season, the judges began saying that Renee looked old. Mature. They even pointed out possibly non-existent lines and wrinkles that were from the Hawaiian sun! Can you believe it!?!? I really didn't think this was fair or justified. She and her pictures are absolutely gorgeous and they only praised her every week. When she was eliminated, she held Natasha's face in her hands and whispered, "Win this thing for the mamas." Y'all, I cried. Then Natasha and Jaslene had a Zoolander-worthy fashion show walk off. Natasha's skirt fell down (luckily she had on a bodysuit) but she played it off like it was supposed to happen. She started off strong on the runway but Jaslene blew the judges away with her stomping.
Two final contestants, both with heavy accents and dramatic stories. One, a child bride from Russia with a little baby at home. The other, a contestant who had been in a previous cycle and was eliminated earlier on. Both had overcome so much, grown so much, yada yada yada.
In the end, Jaslene walked away with the title of America's Next Top Model. I was really disappointed that Natasha didn't win, but when she enthusiastically congratulated Jaslene and said she couldn't wait to get home to her family, I liked her even more. And this totally increases my chances of running into her and becoming bffs and meeting for playdates at the Galleria because, y'all, she's from Dallas!