Congratulations, Divas! You really stepped it up for this challenge. The photos are well done. And the participants took my advice about proofreading to heart because there were fewer grammatical errors – a serious pet peeve of mine. Each of you had very similar essays, but a couple of you had very original approaches to the challenge. Unfortunately, there can be only one winner. But first I’d like to critique each queen individually.
TOSHIA – Very well written. Concise. Photos were clear and detailed. Since you made this challenge about your legs, I was happy that the focus remained on those lovely gams of yours. Excellent execution of the challenge. I think you should watch the lighting. In some of your photos, you have hot spots.
JANERIA – Although brief, your appreciation for the product is clear. But your testimonial felt rushed. And your photos look like you didn’t put much thought into them, either. They are poorly lit and you could have further enhanced your beauty with a little make up. You do have pretty legs. But all in all, it is a little disappointing. Last week you seemed a lot more focused.
LENORE – I really liked your approach to the challenge with the step-by-step photo instructions. I know when I get something new from the store, it is always helpful to have a photo guide show me the way through. You are a very pretty girl and that’s obvious. The only criticism I have for your testimonial is that you could have written a few more sentences to flesh it out. Your photos were disappointing. Poor angles for your face and not engaging. You’re better than that, Lenore.
CHRISTINA – I love your use of the acronym H.E.L.P. for your testimonial. Very inventive. Well-written. It’s obvious that you put a lot of thought into this challenge. And I did enjoy the extreme photo close ups to illustrate your point. Once again, be careful with your lighting. There are hot spots. It happens often to me with my digital camera. Perhaps all you ladies can consult a photographer friend for tips. And your photos for the challenge are mostly blurry. Especially disappointing considering the thought you put into your essay.
VALAIRA – Your step-by-step instructions were very clear as were your photos in your testimonial. You’re very pretty with a fabulous mane. GORGEOUS! And your photos are killah. It is very obvious that you were born to be called Queen. Work It!
TEESHA – Superb essay. Well written with fantastic photos. Your photo gallery is beyond perfection. If you continue in this vein, you may very well be America’s Next Natural Model!
MONIQUE – I liked your essay and I loved your accompanying photos. They are styled very well. While the photos are a little dark, it does not distract us from the wonderful arrangement. And your locks are gorgeous. Good Job! I like the tightness (close up) of your gallery shots. And I love dogs, so seeing your furry companion in a shot humanizes you even more. I still feel like you need to focus on make up application. And better lighting would have been a plus.
SAFEEYA – You’re lovely. That’s obvious. But your essay left me wanting more. The images were too small. And it just didn’t read like you were invested in this challenge. Your photo gallery images, on the other hand, were absolutely fantastic. I LOVED them. In your essay you wrote that the Sula, NYC experience was sensual, but in your photos you SHOWED how sensual it was.
KARLA – Wonderful essay! Great photos to illustrate the use of the product. And I loved, loved, loved the time and research you put into this challenge. You definitely get an A+ for that. And your gallery photos are just sublime. Watch out ladies, Karla could potentially be America’s Next Natural Model.
I love all the ladies. They are beautiful black women who know how to work a natural ‘do. But my top picks for this week are Teesha & Karla.