As the winner of ANNM 2010, I know what all of you ladies are going through. Something to always keep in mind first and foremost is that no matter what other people say or think about you, YOU have to love yourself first! $1000 is on the line, so knowingly the competition will not be a walk in the park; so don’t expect it to be easy. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so with that being said the critiques of the judges are strictly a judge’s opinion.
Let me first say, this week’s challenge really produced some amazing photos. I felt that all of the models went for different looks and very different takes on making a natural bride look her very best! I was impressed with the settings, colors, looks and ways in which you each highlighted your head-pieces. Most of all I liked the romantic concepts and feel of the shoots. Thanks for showing us your looks and styles!
Each week is getting more and more intense. As I look at the photos and the stories that they are telling, I am drawn in more and more. We’re getting closer to the end of this competition and it is clear that everyone of you are really working hard to win.
This week’s choice winner, for me, is Chassity – You, absolutely, drew me in and I loved it! Everything about your delivery this week exuded inspiration and love….your photos, your story, and the way you adorned your hair. This is what this competition is all about. If you keep this up, you will be America’s Next Natural Model!
Just a reminder, this week the challenge was to create a breath taking never-to-forget wedding style.
ReShonda– Your two- in-one braided spiral rod set style is beautiful! The Cowrie shells added to your naturally wonderful Afro centric look. You showed the hair and the headpiece very well..however there wasn’t a whole lot of range when it came to your poses and facial expressions. It would have been nice to have seen at least one photo displaying your entire look from head to toe. It’s only because of bridal bouquet I gathered you were representing a bride. Shots 1,6 and 10 are nice because the look “believable” meaning relaxed and not forced. All-in-all you look beautiful and did a nice job. Beautiful photos.
Chassity- You looked like a bride..very believable! Your photos make me WANT this look/headpiece. The hair style was gorgeous. The photos are good although the white veil in the first photo is a little blown out (meaning it lacks details) but one still knows it was a bridal veil. In the 4th photo you appear angelic..nice! It’s obvious, the camera loves you. You photograph beautifully but I would like to see you push it a little bit more and not rest on being “beautiful” If that makes sense but for this challenge brides are beautiful and I feel like you met the challenge.
Kala- Kala!! Is that you!!? Wow! Last week I wanted you out but not this week. That gorgeous smile, the beautiful crown of gems, the wonderful playful photos, the windblown hair and seductive look you gave in photo #7 made you one of my favorites this week. It would have been nice to have seen the crown gems with actually wedding attire and your teeth are a little blown out (lack detail) in some photos but all-in-all you stepped it up this week. GOOD JOB!
Nefertiti- Unfortunately this would not be a look I would want. The hair and photos were blah/bland/dull. Nothing really stood out. Your attempt at elegant and romantic just looks like bad late 80’s/early 90’s wedding or prom hair…you know ..big hair that’s gathered back away from the face with a few strands spiraling down in the front. Unfortunately, you haven’t loosened up much in your photos. You should be more relaxed and comfortable because you look stiff and posed in your photos. As a photographer myself, I say this not to be funny but to be honest…you might want to seek out another photographer..someone who can help you relax and produce better images.
Jalitia– I like that you chose a non typical color veil but when you choose something out of the ordinary you have to be prepared to bring it .. sell it!! and I think you missed the mark on doing that. The headpiece is beautiful and I get that you wanted to portray sweetness and yes, you do look “sweet” I just think you could have pushed it more. We’re near the end..don’t rest on sweetness. On a better note, photo #3 is the best and your hairstyle in the last photo is fabulous. I’m a fan of SOME shadows in photos but not too much that it distracts and hide key elements in the photos like in photo #1 plus over exposure/too much blown out details is a sure killer in regards to a lot of images such as your pic #6.
Carlie– Looove your essay/story. Your tresses look beautiful but the style was a bit blah/dull. You say you were going for a soft romantic tone in your photos this week.. I could see that but the eye makeup was a bit heavy if that was the case. Unfortunately, the headpiece looked better as a necklace than it did as a actually hair piece. Photo #1 is decent but the others fell flat because of the overall look of the photo itself, your poses and facial expressions. Again, like I expressed in another’s critique ..don’t rest on being “beautiful” now is the time to step it up. Your looks did not sell me on the headpiece nor did it make me want the look.
Desyray- I love your ringlets/flat twist style. I wish I could have seen this look with actual wedding attire or a simple dress on because this is a bridal challenge. I like models to make me BELIEVE what they are selling. The shoot looks like it could be for a hair magazine not anything bridal related and with that being said, yes I would want your hair and style but not in regards to a wedding. The makeup isn’t something I could see a bride wearing especially since you said you chose a style that was simple and classy. All-in-all, the shells are nice but I wish you had gotten a different headpiece. I predicted you would have the shells just because you see that a lot with loc wearers. Your photos were decent. Just remember to relax more..you looked posed. I want you to be more natural in front of the camera.
My top 3 in no particular order: ReShonda, Kala and Chassity
My pick to exit the competition: Nefertiti
My challenge winner: Chassity (with ReShonda being very very close)
Just want to say ladies, it’ll soon be over and this is the time to step up your game and think outside the box. Bring it. Stop resting on “pretty” and just MODEL. We know you’re all gorgeous! Loosen up and don’t think about your poses b/c that’s what make you look stiff and unbelievable in some of your photos. Good Luck ladies!
Love is indeed in the air! First of all let me say that I commend you ladies, for the effort, and the work you are putting into this competition. I was in your shoes, and as the runner of last year, it was not easy! So I do feel your pain. However, you all pull this off effortlessly and flawlessly; looking beautiful along the way. Good luck, and just know it was extremely hard to judge because you all look so beautiful!
This has been an awesome competition thus far. I have to say the ladies all blew me away this week, truly. They made me want to get married with their beauty, grace, and unique natural styling! So how then, do I choose my first place and my last place? My top choices are Kala G and Chassity! I just couldn’t pick between the two!
It is so true, many brides opt for a straight look, and it’s for various reasons. It could be because of pressure from mom, the husband may prefer it, or even, the bride may not know that there are tons of beautiful natural styles for their big day. I love how this challenge demonstrates styles that are just as elegant as the ones we’re used to seeing down the aisle year after year. Kudos to all of the contestants!
This was super hard! Everyone did a fantastic job!
Chassity, this looked like an actual bridal shoot. I loved how your hair was styled and I think it really showcased the hair piece without taking away from it.
Desyray, though I liked the hairstyle, I wish I could see your locs sometime uncurled. The curled locs did, in this case, compliment the headpiece however. I did not like the eye makeup as I did not think it was in line with what most brides would wear.
Nefertiti, you had a very soft, romantic look going on. I got the feeling of “blushing bride”. Loved the updo and the tendrils
ReShonda, you were gorgeous as usual. Lovely hair, makeup, everything. My only complaint is that I could see a tattoo on your arm in one of the pictures. My eye was immediately drawn to it. Perhaps next time you could cover it with makeup or hide it in some other way. You looked like you were happy and excited, as brides should be. Fantastic job!
Kala, absolutely beautiful!! I loved that you showed the hairpiece with two different styles. You have a dynamite smile and it was in full effect during this shoot. The Valentine’s Day pictures were sassy and gorgeous!
Jalita, though you looked beautiful, most of your pictures were either too shadowy or too bright. I couldn’t really appreciate your beauty, headpiece, and hair because I was too distracted by those two things.
Carlie, your hair and the way you arranged the headpiece was lovely. However, even though I knew you were going for a soft romantic look, I got more of a sad or pensive feeling from your poses rather than a feeling of anticipation, love and/or excitement.
My favorite this week was Chassity, followed closely by Kala. My least favorite was Jalita.