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Whatever Happened to Naima? Oh Wait, There She Is!


Kirby Marzec September 17 at 5:00 | Comments
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Naima Mora at the Project Runway finale.

Whatever Happened to Naima? Oh Wait, There She Is! photo

 

Who could ever forget the unique look of mohawked Mexican, Irish, African-American and Native-American winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4? After what seems to be a three-year hiatus, Naima Mora is finally reclaiming her spot in the fashion limelight.

Despite her appearances in Covergirl ads, ELLE Magazine and Sheer Cover make-up commercials during 2006 and 2007, Mora just hasn’t had any influence in the modeling industry. Luckily, Mora recently appeared on the cover and in an editorial for Vicious Magazine in 2008. Even more recent, Mora walked in the Project Runway finale at Fashion Week for designer Joe Faris.

Rumor has it that Mora’s miniscule modeling career is due to her focus on music. As if modeling wasn’t enough, Mora is the lead singer for the unsigned band, Chewing Pics. The band’s EP was released in March of 2008. Hey Naima, do us a favor. Put down the microphone and jump back on the runway…the industry needs your face!

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Life After Top Model: Eva Marcille


Princess Glover August 29 at 12:30 | Comments

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So we’re all aware that Eva the Diva from cycle two has experienced immense success since her win. She wasn’t that hard to miss for a while (especially in bad BET movies), and has managed to become a prominent fixture in the media. But after a brief haitus, it seems that Eva has resurfaced, doing what she was trained to do. As we all know it’s imperative that Top Model contestants learn to execute commercials and take cursory acting classes taught by overzealous coaches, happy to finally get their fifteen. Where does this kind of training become useful? In cheesy soap operas, of course.

In The Young and the Restless, Marcille’s character, Tyra (coincidence?) is a young mother, and potential homewrecker trying to seek refuge in Genoa City in an attempt to leave behind her hard knock life. The role was intended to be temporary, but according to recent reports, writers will be making changes to keep her in soap land, due to a successful response to her alter ego. So I guess having to hawk Campbell’s soup in Japanese wasn’t all for naught.

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Microwave Model


yael friedman August 28 at 4:18 | Comments

ANTM is what you call a target rich environment: so many things to poke fun at, I just can’t choose! Where to start? Let’s start from the top, with the hair that looks as if a small dog sat on their heads and died. What do you call that hairdo, RIP Teacup Fido? Then there’s those too-tight Space Odyssey Voyage to the Bizarro Planet. With every season of ANTM Tyra Banks gets more and more annoying with her “challenges” that couldn’t challenge bacteria. Which doesn’t really matter when you realize that every season the models get dumber. When it first started the girls had other ambitions, went to medical school, had careers. Now all you need to get on the show is an IQ of room temperature and some ghetto culture. Seriously, did that last girl think she could be turned into a model with the flip of a switch? Enough already!!!!!


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Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez

Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez photo

Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez photo

Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez photo

Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez photo

Life After Top Model: Jaslene Gonzalez photo

Is it just me, or does it seem like the brown girls that come out of this process get their shine on more than the melanin-deprived ones? Lest I digress, miss cha cha diva herself, has been making her rounds at a number of events since her victory, sometimes (more often than not) looking like she’s missing something from her outfit, all the whilst dating wack rappers and in cohort with the likes of Aubrey O’Day. Doesn’t she know bad company corrupts good fashion? Aside from her choices in unsavory characters and outfits, she has actually been living la vida modela. She’s done numerous magazine covers, including Latina, is signed to a reputable agency, and has actually walked in a handful of runway shows. I see great things for la flaca as long as she keeps out of the hoe bin at Saks.


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Life After Top Model: Lisa D’Amato


Princess Glover August 18 at 12:30 | Comments

Now that it has become painfully clear that being a winner or high ranking contestant on America’s Next Top Model does not necessarily ensure a legitimate modeling career, its no surprise that our old favorites are popping out of the woodwork, and exploring other avenues of recognition where it doesn’t hurt to look hot.

While this would otherwise be a perfect opportunity to, for lack of a better word, talk shit, I have to admit that Lisa D’Amato, the lovable schizoid from cycle five actually doesn’t suck that much as far as her musical abilities are concerned. The aspiring emcee has been performing and making her rounds throughout the LA music scene, all the while rubbing elbows with Shwayze and making bootleg music videos. I’ve always appreciated the girl’s uninhibited spirit and enviable cheekbones, and now it seems as though she’s got some promising rhyming chops to boot. Homemade visuals aside (blame it on “director” Cisco Adler), check out “Trainwreck”, a song to which I actually found myself bobbing my head to.


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