America’s Next Natural Model Season 4
With not just fabulous products to win but also $1.000 in cash sponsored by going-natural.com, a photo shoot in NYC and an Iman Cosmetics makeover, season 4 of America’s Next Natural Model looked very promising. Models from every where signed up and it was even harder than earlier years to make a selection.
Adian Alicea and Sula NYC, sponsors of the winning photo shoot helped choosing the ten most promising models.
The competition was extremely exiting. Almost from the beginning the level was high and every week the contestants were pushing each other by performing better pictures. It was an absolute joy to evaluate their photos and fabulous to watch them grow each week.
While Chassity was the front runner from the start, ReShonda Parker was always very close and when Kala G. raised her efforts, the competition became a true spectacle. The only minor point of this year’s pageant was the unfortunate fact that the voting system didn’t work the way it should. Thanks to the judges I managed to pick a winner but to say that it wasn’t easy is an understatement.
The fact that a few of the models were unhappy with the results was a tough pill to swallow. After all the goal of the competition is to promote them.
What this has taught me is that until a stable waterproof voting system is invented, it’s better to depend on the experience of judges. In the mean time I also work with consultants to find out how to incorporate member votes as you are fundamentally important to make this competition a success.
Despite the complications of the competition, I am grateful to be able to say that Chassity Bynum was the absolute right pick for the winner of season 4. Not only did she do a great job on NBC TV promoting natural hair and the competition, designer Adrien Alicea who dressed and shot Chassity was elated with her.
In her own words
Modeling will always be dear to my heart. I was introduced to modeling as a pre teen. My mother wanted to build my confidence and be proud of my then chipmunk teeth, red Sally Jesse Raphael glasses I wore in sixth grade and extra thin frame. She signed me up for modeling classes on self esteem, poise and etiquette as a pre teen. Now as a grown woman I am always open to modeling and promoting the positive black woman in a light the media can sometimes only show a narrow perspective of. Read more of the nterview with Chassity