'America's Next Top Model: College Edition' eliminates Allyssa Vuelma
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/08/2012
America's Next Top Model: College Edition eliminated Allyssa Vuelma during The CW's broadcast of the nineteenth season's seventh episode Friday night.
Allyssa, a 5' 10 1/2" 20-year-old student from Fort Lauderdale, FL attending Florida State University, 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.
"You know I am really upset right? I was a black girl with a big butt that had to try harder, and you have to try harder. We have to try harder. What is waiting for you is a chance to come back, so you have to go back and work extra hard and do every single photo shoot and show that you are representing the girls that have more than just skinny bodies," Tyra told Allyssa after announcing the results.
Allyssa was also 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.
"I have a second chance, and if it is my time to come back -- if it's God's will and if my fans are strong enough -- then I'll come back. I'm very proud. I've never modeled before. So getting here with no experience is amazing. 'Fiercely real' is a personality. It's not just a body type. It's not just anything like that, because I'm curvy. I'm Brazilian, but I am a model," Allyssa said following her ouster.
Allyssa landed in the bottom two alongside Laura James, a 6' 0" 21-year-old student from Cambridge, NY attending Paul Smith's College, after the season's seventh official photo shoot, which had thrown the aspiring models into situations where they were "uncomfortable or caught off-guard," according to Top Model creative consultant Johnny Wujek. The contestants had to pose as "destroyed and damaged" girls after a night out of partying for fashion photographer Douglas Friedman.
During the episode's challenge, the girls had to go on a roadtrip to Palm Springs and take pictures of themselves participating in "random acts of modeling" such as pumping gas or taking out the trash. They were set up in two groups, each with their own RV, and required to make three pit stops. At each stop, every team member had to take a picture. At the end of their excursions, each model then had to record a video message to Nylon magazine fans.
For winning the challenge, Laura will get to host her own segment on Nylon TV. In addition, she earned $10,000 in her bank worth of scholarship money -- an amount which could only be claimed if she was to actually winAmerica's Next Top Model: College Edition. Her victory marked Laura's second challenge win in a row.
America's Next Top Model: College Edition's judges gave Allyssa a total of 17 points for the photo shoot. She received four points from Kelly Cutrone, five points from Rob Evans and eight points from Tyra. Allyssa also earned seven points for the challenge in addition to 5.01 points from the fans, making her overall score 29.
Tyra noted she gave Allyssa a high score simply because she had attempted the most disgusting modeling pose of all the girls during the photo shoot -- licking soda off a dirty floor.
Laura earned a total of 19 points from the judges after Kelly gave her six points, Tyra gave her seven points and Rob gave her six. Added to her score of nine from the challenge and 4.94 from the fan vote, Laura was revealed to be safe thanks to her overall score of 32.9.
Nastasia, a 5' 8 1/4" 19-year-old student and sales associate from East Stroudsburg, PA attending East Stroudsburg University, received the first call-out in Tyra's line of best to the worst scores of the week. She had an overall score of 42.2, including two perfect 10s from Tyra and Rob along with a score of nine from Kelly.
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Following Nastasia, Tyra then revealed the photos of Brittany Brown, Kristin Kagay, Victoria Henley, and Kiara Belen -- leaving Laura and Allyssa in the bottom two.