'Americas Next Top Model' eliminates Jane Randall and Kayla Ferell
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/18/2010
America's Next Top Model's fifteenth season eliminated Jane Randall and Kayla Ferell and determined its two finalists during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'm upset that I didn't make it to top two but right now, I'm happy of how far I've came and all my accomplishments, especially having come into this competition not having much modeling experience. I'm gonna go home and kiss and hug my girlfriend like I never have before," Kayla, a 19-year-old waitress from Rockford, IL, said following her ouster.
"I really wanted to win this really really bad, but I'm proud of who I am. I'm repping for my community and I'm going to keep going and going."
"I'm definitely disappointed but I'm so proud that I came this far. I entered this competition knowing that I wanted to pursue modeling, but I feel like I actually left now as a model," added Jane, a 19-year-old student from Baltimore, MD.
"I really feel like from the feedback that I've gotten that I could have a career. I mean, graduating from Princeton for me is not up for debate, but the year I do it -- that's flexible."
Jane and Kayla became the eleventh and twelfth girls eliminated from the competition after Top Model's judges reviewed the motion editorials the season's four remaining finalists had participated in, which required them to do some acting and bring their photos to life.
Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks served as the director of the motion editorials, which required the girls to portray sexuality, pain and fear while wearing Couture ensembles in Verona -- the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
Jane seemed to fail to impress Tyra and Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel during her motion editorial.
"Is her coat kind of restricting her?" Tyra asked.
"No, she just has a stiff walk," Jay replied.
"Jane really struggles with conveying any type of emotion," Tyra said. "She's holding onto the handle bars of control."
However, Tyra and Jay were presumably more satisfied with Kayla's performance as the broadcast didn't feature any coverage of their feedback.
The next day the girls arrived for the fifteenth season's tenth elimination panel -- where they were met by Tyra, photographer Nigel Barker, judge Andre Leon Talley, and guest judge Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia.
The judges criticized both girls' motion editorials during their panel critiques.
"It's interesting. The camera loves you but the fluidity, the believability -- it doesn't work for me," Nigel told Jane.
"You're too much concerned to be beautiful and to appear beautiful," Franca added.
"It's like you're editing yourself in the frame, I think," Andre Leon explained.
"I think that you were really stunning. Some of the face stuff in the big room was like giving me chills when I was shooting you. You're face is strong enough to actually stand out, with all this hair in front of it, and that's rare because remember I said before, 'I don't remember her? I go to bed at night and I don't remember her?' -- and I went to bed that night going that girl worked my set and really did well," Tyra said.
Kayla's motion editorial was then reviewed.
"Out of all of them, that was really the most realistic believable performance, and the director looks for that," Nigel told Kayla.
"Your photogenic in some way, but I think only for certain kinds of photographers -- not for all photographers -- but it's a positive not a negative," Franca added.
"Yes it's a positive coming from Franca because she doesn't like a cookie cutter. It would take a top photographer to capture your beauty and then you could become the next big thing," Tyra elaborated.
"I thought you were so stunning in certain instances -- I think you have to grow into more confidence," Andre Leon noted.
"You are a chameleon!" Tyra said. "I just say you really have to watch your angles -- you have to know where it hits right and where it doesn't."
Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best motion editorial still photo to the worst two. Ann, a 19-year-old student from Dallas, TX, received the first still photo.
Tyra then recapped the three girls' issues before revealing that Chelsey would get to remain in the competition and advance to the final two runway showdown. Jane and Kayla's critiques appeared to be more significant, justifying why they were the bottom two models and eliminated from the competition.
"Franca says it's different, it's interesting and a photographer like a Mizell would take somebody like you and scoop you up and create beautiful imagery. But, you haven't mastered your body. Also, you haven't mastered the angles of your absolutely stunning face," Tyra told Kayla.
"Jane started this competition pretty pictures and a girl that said, 'Oh my God, her face is too big and people used to make fun of it,' and the judges said, 'Too big? Hunny that is bone structure and we love it,'" Tyra explained.
"But what lacked? Personality. Jane is forgettable until yesterday. I haven't seen a girl with that much hair in her face that can still push through and make me want to buy whatever the hell she has on her body."
Tyra then said her goodbyes and gave advice to Jane and Kayla following their elimination.
"As I said Kayla, you have something so special. What Franca has suggested and Andre suggests is that you act too. So if you have something else in that gift that you have, you add it to that modeling, you could be a big star, seriously girl," Tyra told her.
"And Jane, I'm so happy because I love the imagery that we took. I think it is so so beautiful. But you still gotta push through more, so you need to get signed with an agency and then test, test, test, and I think you'll be ready -- then you're going to make a splash. I think you're going to make a lot of money," Tyra explained.