One of my favorite ways to change my look is by accessorizing. It is a wonderful way to add excitement and variety to my ensemble, so this is what I was looking for from each of the models this week. And I must say, KALA you turned up the heat this week! Girl, you were HOT!
My choice winner for this week, of course, is KALA – Last week my advice to all the models was to “Show Up & Show Out” and Kala my dear, you did just that! I am so proud of you. Each week you continue to show us what this competiion is all about….GROWTH! And each week, you show us the many faces of Kala G. and it’s gets more and more intriguing. I LOVE IT!
My choice for elimination this week is DESYRAY – The quality of your photos were great, however I didn’t feel that you were selling the accessories like the other models were. There was only one photo that I thought you and the accessories looked fabulous.
Reshonda – You look stunning! You are consistant with your delivery and you never let us down.
Nefertiti – You have such an amazing smile, so please keep smiling! As long as you continue to be YOU and give your very best, then you are a winner whether you win this competition or not.
Chassity – I would have liked to see more from you but you still did a good job. You’re definitely still in the top running!
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!
WOW…..Is all I have to say! You ladies really kicked it up this week, as I was truly impressed with everyone of you. It’s really going to be hard to pick a winner and someone to go home because the photos, the stories, and the hair were all awesome.
To me, the “Cheetah Chic” look is Bold yet Elegant.
The model who captured this look the best, I feel, was Jalita. Her makeup is bold, elegant and flawless! The quality of her photos are great because the makeup really popped especially in the first photo.
This week’s challange was exciting for me because I am a Natural Hair Care Stylist, but I must say I was very disappointed. As beautiful and versatile as our natural hair is, I certainly thought I would see much more creativity with the styles. Every style that was done this week were basic styles that I see all the time….and don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this, but this is a competition so basis is not good enough. This shoot was suppose to be about the hair style and I don’t think any of the models really captured that. With that said, the two styles that I thought were most creative was that of KALA and NEFERTITI. In the running is RESHONDA as well.
KALA – Your style was beautiful yet simple to accomplish. However, the instructions were not as detailed as they should have been. For example you mention how to do the three rolls/buns in the back but left out how to acheive the bump on the top. It would have been nice to see more angles of the style as well.
NEFERTITI – Your style was creative and the most original I’ve seen in the competition because you used your own hair as an accessory. However, I feel like I couldn’t really see the beauty of the style. And I didn’t see any instructions on how to accomplish that look.
RESHONDA – Although I didn’t think your style was very creative, your hair look fabulous. As beautiful as your hair looked just as it was, you definitely could have shown different ways to style it. Your instructions were detailed and easy to follow. Your photos were great and I thought they really captured the nature of this shoot.
My choice for winner is RESHONDA
My choice for elimination is JUSTYCE CHAVEZ
My top choices for this weeks challenge is Nefertti and Jalita!
Nefertti – I loved the creativity she displayed, as it helped me to see headwrapping in a whole new light. I, personally, always looked at it as a way to cover-up a bad hair day but now I see it as another way to express my natural beauty.
Jalita – Although there wasn’t much creativity with the headwrap, I appreciated her simplicity and elegance. I think her photos were awesome. To me, she looked like a top model.
My choice for elimination is Natural Jael
Although I think both Natasha and Jalita captured this challenge with their photos, my choice winner for Challenge 1 is Carlie M! Although her photos were not as creative, I think she really captured the essence of what it really means to go and stay natural when she said “The only difference is I now love my hair. It would appear that my love and self confidence are what people are reacting to and mirroring. If you walk around ashamed of your hair, people will mirror your self-doubt. If you wear it proud and love it, they will shower you with love and positive reaction. The main ingredient is YOU.” And she has NO chemicals in her hair, ie relaxer, color, etc. I often get asked as a professional natural hair care stylist;
Simeko Watkins-Hartley, owner and creative director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique. She has been in the hair industry for over 16 years and has had the privilege of working as a salon manager, creative director and consultant for one of the top natural hair salons in the country.