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'America's Next Top Model': Will Ann or Chelsey take the prize?

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Wednesday marks the finale of the 15th cycle of "America's Next Top Model,"  the show's inaugural foray into the world of high fashion. Though in many ways it was a season like any other -- tearful confessions to Mr. Jay, acrobatic challenges, off-kilter contestants -- the focus on haute couture tamped down the drama in the house considerably. It also led to the elimination of the fresh-faced Covergirl-types who Tyra and the judges normally select for the last two ladies standing; Chris, Kayla, and Jane, girls who would have had more than a fighting chance in seasons past, were all dismissed in the past two episodes. 

And so we have Chelsey and Ann, ladies who both, by the sheer eccentricity of their looks, break the mold in terms of "ANTM" winners. Ann is this season's breakout star, beginning the cycle with a five-show best picture streak unprecedented in Tyra-town. Her waifish face, slightly large ears, and super-tall super-skeletal frame endeared her to fashion houses and photographers, though she suffered whenever a challenge required her to speak in public. She's the most reclusive and shy model to get this far in a cycle to date. 

Chelsey, on the other hand, is closer to the normal "Top Model" winner. Her ice-blond hair and enhanced gap-tooth smile give her a little edge in photographs, and she's a better catwalker than Ann. She also was the only girl who leaped with recognition every time a photographer, designer or judge was announced. The lady knows her stuff, and she's determined. But Chelsey's photos haven't always been strong, and in terms of high fashion, Ann wins it every time. 

So who will win the cover of Vogue Italia? Our bets are on Ann. If Tyra and company are trying to make a statement about the new highbrow "Top Model," they'd be remiss not to pick the model with the most upscale photos, no matter how much she stutters. But only Wednesday's episode -- and the esteemed Roberto Cavalli's runway show -- will tell us for sure.  

Photo: Chelsey, left and Ann prepare for their final challenge. Credit:  Ivano Grasso / The CW

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Sad that the "winner" might be the poster girl for anorexia, Ann. This show has not only jumped the shark, it ate it then threw it up!

jtbwriter , You mean the poster girl for anorexia who they aired making deep fried oreos for everyone in the house?

Been watching this cycle i still cry when someone goes home an excellent show for young ladies and women about what and whom is considered attractive and what is not and how we react to it. The Blonde would have more jobs but its nice to have Ann kinda buck the trend it changes everyone's perception about what is unique and what isn't.

i want to be a top Madel please let me win this

Sorry but Annie looked anorexic the whole season,,,I find it insulting and negative to vote her antm when obviously she is severely under wheight. please let us see normal average weight models so we know what we should stirive for. Annie is definitely a role model to my 18 year old model..that would have been Jane who you ousted!

I feel really bad for the people judging Ann and attributing her to eating disorders. It just shows how tainted most people's mind is. I don't understand why most people have this crab mentality, why they keep pulling people down.

In all fairness to Ann, I adore and salute her attitude. For not being a bitch, not even saying a single bad word to her fellow contestants. And I really find it cute that she developed strong friendship with her fellow contestants like Rhianna and Jane. And I was also very impressed with her on the pilot episode when she's holding a rosary in the final call for the final 14.

Ann is beautiful in the outside but what truly is inspiring and very beautiful about her is her inside. Which most of people in here does not have.

I really like Ann's personality in that she didn't bad mouth the other girls, her main concern was how she could do better. At times she did get next to me because she is a crier, but I do realize that is because this was all new to her and she wanted to do good. And no! I don't think she is ANOREXIA, just tall and thin. With a little training she'll do fine. "CONGRATUTION ANN, U GO GIRL!

I love the fact that a lot of people doesn't like Ann. It just shows that High Fashion and Haute Couture is not for everyone. Only people who can see true beauty appreciates a model like Ann. With Andre and Roberto on the panel, they ought to choose someone who can go head to head with models like Maria Carla Boscono, Lara Stone, Karlie Kloss etc.

When I found out that ANTM is going "Vogue Italia and IMG", I was really apprehensive only because i felt like
the prestige of my dearly beloved world of High Fashion is going to be
"commercialized". Apparently, the masses can never really appreciate a beauty that is for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy and Coco Chanel and John Paul Gaultier.


Chelsey wouldn't book more jobs than Ann in the high fashion world, which is what this cycle was all about. One thing that is not mentioned is that Versace said they would book Ann for print AND runway work, an absolutely phenomenal achievement for a new model.

Chelsey isn't a high fashion model, and the winner was never in any doubt. It wasn't Tyra choosing this round it was Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue, IMG, Versace, Cavalli, Andre Leon Talley from Vogue - the winning girl was the only one who has a shot in the high fashion world, the only high fashion girl ANTM has ever had and that's Ann.

Ann isn't anorexic, it's her natural shape her brother who's even taller than she is is equally thin, is he anorexic? If anything this just highlights how unrealistic high fashion is, the majority of girls within it are a very small percentage of the population, a very specific physical type of which Ann is one


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