America's Next Top Model Cycle 7 Episode 13
The final three met Jay Manuel to shoot their commercial for CoverGirl Outlast Double Lip Shine, where they met last cycle's winner Danielle Evans.
First up was CariDee, whose natural enthusiasm shone through. While Eugena once again started off with bland takes, she finally turned on the charm for a great delivery, while Melrose struggled with her over-preparedness. During their CoverGirl print ad shoot, CariDee once again shone with her blissful look while Eugena delivered some passionate shots. Melrose, affected by her earlier performance, stumbled.
The judges believe that Melrose has failed to live up to her past performances, and Eugena's passion was questioned. Ultimately, Melrose joined CariDee as the final two as Eugena was eliminated.
In preparation for the final runway challenge, Tyra set up a sit-down talk with life coach Dr. Michelle. Next, the final two met Jay Manuel at their final runway, where they had to play ghostly brides in wedding gowns designed by Victorio & Lucchino. The final show would be set in Antoni Gaudí's world famous Park Güell.
As night fell on Barcelona, Danielle began the show while Melrose and CariDee kicked off their catwalk face-off. The second walk required the girls to stop and stare down each other halfway down the runway. A minor disaster occurred when CariDee accidentally stepped on Melrose's train and ripped a hole in the middle of the runway. After a brief moment of shock, Melrose recovered quickly and continued her walk confidently. However, drama began to stir at the changing room as Melrose blamed CariDee for the torn gown. The final segment began with Jay Alexander dressed in a black wedding gown running out on the catwalk, screaming theatrically, and the girls followed suit, with CariDee overdoing it. The show ended off with CariDee and Melrose's final walk at the runway, together with their last face-off pose before 'disappearing' from the runway.
Back in the judging room, Melrose was praised for her superior runway walk and CariDee triumphed in their overall picture portfolios. The judges appreciated Melrose’s fashion knowledge and persistence to win the competition, but she came off as too clinical. Meanwhile CariDee was lambasted for her sometimes too loud personality, although she had the much sought after “X-factor.”
This finale was a final of firsts, along with Jay Manuel joining the judging panel, this is the first final, since around season 3 where the girls were not wearing the outfits from the runway show, which the girls have been doing since season 4.
The girls returned and made one last plea before Tyra announced CariDee as the seventh winner of America’s Next Top Model, the first ever natural blonde to win.
First call-out: CariDee English
Bottom two: Eugena Washington & Melrose Bickerstaff
Eliminated: Eugena Washington
Featured photographer: Jim De Yonker
Final two: CariDee English & Melrose Bickerstaff
America's Next Top Model: CariDee English
Featured photographer: George Holz
Special guests: Danielle Evans, Victorio & Lucchino, Atoosa Rubenstein, Beau Quillian, Michelle Callahan
Title: The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model
I just gotta stop thinking. I'm a blonde it's not working out.”— CariDee English