'America's Next Top Model: College Edition' cuts Yvonne Powless
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/01/2012
America's Next Top Model: College Edition eliminated Yvonne Powless during The CW's broadcast of the nineteenth season's sixth episode Friday night.
Yvonne, a 5' 8 1/2" 20-year-old student from Minneapolis, MN attending the University of Texas at Austin, 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 am mad at you, because you are so stunning and so beautiful, and you've got this beautiful body. So you need to get in this competition online and do every single photo shoot and show the world just how amazing you are," Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks told Yvonne after announcing her elimination.
"The argument [with BryanBoy] kind of messed up my photo shoot, but I'm not blaming him. It was my own fault," Yvonne said following her ouster, referencing how BryanBoy thought she was making a sarcastic rude face when she insisted it was not intentional or meant to be offensive although she had snapped at him for reprimanding her.
"I know that I have an anger issue or that I have a bad attitude, but BryanBoy's not writing many checks and I think he was rude. So, I was rude too. I don't think any one ever feels like it's their time, because none of us want to go home. But I am sad. We all like each other, so I'm very determined just to do my best. And if that gets me back in, I would be more than happy with that. All I can do it try to do my best and take the best pictures and do whatever I can to do well."
Yvonne 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 Top Model competition.
Yvonne landed in the bottom two alongside Victoria Henley, a 5' 9 1/2" 18-year-old student from Colquitt, GA attending Liberty University, after the season's sixth official photo shoot, which had required the aspiring models to each mix Victorian style with nineteenth-century mechanics by modeling a Steampunk theme. The girls had to wear "super elaborate costumes" while posing in front of vintage trains with a "temperamental" owl for fashion photographer Mike Ruiz, according to Top Model creative consultant Johnny Wujek.
During the episode's challenge, the girls had to bring a game character to life using movement, gesture, posing, and more. They participated in an "active cinematic experience" in which the actresses recorded their voices and movements to be put together at the exact same time.
For winning the challenge, Laura James, a 6' 0" 21-year-old student from Cambridge, NY attending Paul Smith's College, will get her taunt featured in the upcoming Unchartered 3 video game. In addition, Laura 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 Yvonne a total of 18 points for the photo shoot. She received five points from Kelly Cutrone, seven points from Rob Evans and six points from Tyra. Yvonne also earned eight points for the challenge in addition to 4.48 points from the fans, making her overall score 30.5.
Victoria earned a total of 21 points from the judges after Kelly gave her eight points, Tyra gave her seven points and Rob gave her six. Added to her score of six from the challenge and 4.70 from the fan vote, Victoria was revealed to be safe thanks to her overall score of 31.7. Tyra noted how close Victoria and Yvonne's total scores happened to be.
Laura received the first call-out in Tyra's line of best to the worst scores of the week. She had an overall score of 46.16, including a perfect set of 10s across the board from the three judges.
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Following Laura, Tyra then revealed the photos of Brittany Brown, Allyssa Vuelma, Kristin Kagay, Kiara Belen, and Nastasia Scott -- leaving Victoria and Yvonne in the bottom two.