Sephora denies new catalog cover reveals 'Top Model 2' winner
By Reality TV World staff, 03/22/2004
Has the Sephora beauty retailer accidentally revealed the identity of the second season of UPN's America's Next Top Model a bit early?
While UPN won't be revealing the identity of the Top Model winner until this week's finale, Sephora shoppers have noticed that the cover girl of the retailer's new Spring 2004 catalog is a dead ringer for one of the program's three finalists -- 23-year-old Jacksonville, FL resident Yoanna House.
The resemblance wouldn't be nearly so noteworthy if it wasn't for the fact that in addition to a professional modeling contract with IMG Models, the grand prize package awarded to the Top Model winner includes a fashion spread in Jane magazine, and... an opportunity to appear on the cover of a Sephora catalogue.
Even more interesting was UPN's response to the speculation -- when asked by TV Guide about the cover, the network simply declined to comment. A Sephora spokesperson had no such problem -- telling the magazine that the model on the cover was "not Yoanna," but cryptically refusing to reveal the identity of the model.
UPN will broadcast the America's Next Top Model season finale on Tuesday, March 23 at 9PM ET/PT. Besides Yoanna, the other two women still competing in the contest are Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, a 21-year-old waitress from Valencia, CA, and Shandi Sullivan, a 21-year-old Walgreen's clerk from Kansas City, MO.