America’s Next Natural Model Season 2
By season two I had sponsors! Jamaica Mango & Lime , Sula NYC , Cowrie Shell Center and Ngozi Design with great accessories all supported the idea of America’s Next Natural Model and became sponsors of the competition.
With a little more leverage the reach was wider and the response was amazing. I am not sure if you still remember myspace but that site helped a lot. The models who signed up were even more serious then the year before. So, it was on and the results were amazing! The photos of Jamaica Mango & Lime and Sula NYC were used in advertisements around the country. That to me was a great accomplishment.
Winner of , America’s Next Natural Model 2010 season 2 was Teesha Borum. She had fierce competition but she always knew how to crank the lever up a notch when other models came close. Her professionalism helped her a great deal to stand out. By collaborating with professional photographers, makeup artists and hairstylist Joyce she produced high quality photos that sponsors used in ads nation wide. To put together such a talented team is a skill in and on itself. With photographers Tony Smart, Freddie Rankin. Alan Luckey, makeup artists Toneshia Cameron and Thomasina and hairstylist Lajoyce, Teesha managed to stun the judges every week. In my it was the joy and originality expressed in her photos made her photos stand apart.
In her own words:
Life has taught me that I will not be accepted for everything that I think, say, am or believe…My experiences have also taught me that I need to be ok with this. No matter what I pursue in life, I will come across that will not open to me. I have natural hair, I’m a woman, I’m black, I’m tall, I’m curvy, I’m intelligent yadayadayada…Depending on who I talk to- these can all be strikes against me, but I am learning to create my own mold rather than trying to fit into others. Either you fit or you don’t and that’s ok.
I came into the competition knowing that whether I win or lose, I will give it my all…The same is true in life. I know that what is meant for me is for me. As we approach 2010 I’d like to wish everyone reading this a happy day, week, month, year and life. Do your best and be blessed! Read the interview