'America's Next Top Model: College Edition' eliminates Destiny Strudwick
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/17/2012
America's Next Top Model: College Edition eliminated Destiny Strudwick during The CW's broadcast of the nineteenth season's fourth episode Friday night.
Destiny, a 5' 8 1/2" 18-year-old sandwich shop cashier from Columbus, OH attending Aveda Institute of Columbus, was ousted from the competition after she found herself in the bottom two based upon her total combined scores from the challenge, Top Model's three judges and home viewers' fan vote.
"I feel like sh-t. I wish people would have gotten to know me more. I think everyone will be like, 'Oh, I voted for Kristin,' and Kristin is a b-tch. It's definitely saying, 'Step up your game and show who you are.' Since I got a second chance, I'm definitely going to try to have better photos. I'm just going to be pissed off and try to come back. That's it," said Destiny, who was told she'd get to participate in most of the upcoming photo shoots against previously and future-eliminated girls in attempt to gain the highest social media score and earn a spot back in the competition.
Destiny landed in the bottom two alongside Yvonne Powless, a 5' 8 1/2" 20-year-old student from Minneapolis, MN attending the University of Texas at Austin, after the season's fourth official photo shoot, which had required the aspiring models to "work their bad side as a zombie," according to Top Model creative consultant Johnny Wujek. Each girl had to pose for fashion photographer Ricky Middlesworth on the set of War of the Worlds at Universal Studios.
During the episode's challenge, the girls had to act out one of four roles for Top Model judge Tyra Banks and famous actor Tyler Perry: a Hollywood diva, a rapper, a street performer, or a tourist. The winner, which ended up being Kiara, a 5' 9" 22-year-old student from Las Vegas, NV attending the University of California - Irvine, was told she'd receive a walk-on role in a Tyler Perry production.
In addition, Kiara earned $10,000 in her bank worth of scholarship money -- an amount which could only be claimed if she was to actually win America's Next Top Model: College Edition.
America's Next Top Model: College Edition's judges gave Destiny a total of 16 points for the photo shoot. She received five points from Kelly Cutrone, six points from Rob Evans and five points from Tyra. Destiny also earned six points for the challenge in addition to 5 points from the fans, making her overall score 27.
Yvonne earned a total of 16 points from the judges. Kelly gave her five points, Rob gave her five and Tyra thought she deserved six points. Added to her high score of nine from the challenge and 4.5 from the fan vote, Yvonne was revealed to be safe thanks to her overall score of 29.5.
Laura James, a 6' 0" 21-year-old student from Cambridge, NY attending Paul Smith's College, received the first call-out in Tyra's line of best to the worst scores of the week. She had an overall score of 42.5, including a set of 9's from the three judges.
Following Laura, Tyra then revealed the photos of Leila Goldkuhl, Brittany Brown, Allyssa Vuelma, Kiara Belen, Nastasia Scott, Victoria Henley, and Kristin Kagay -- leaving Destiny and Yvonne in the bottom two.