Kara Vincent the seventh girl cut from 'America's Next Top Model'
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/15/2009
Kara Vincent's struggles in recent photo shoots finally caught up to her.
The 19-year-old 5'7" student from Fort Wayne, IN who currently resides in Chicago, IL became the seventh finalist eliminated from America's Next Top Model's thirteenth season during last night's broadcast of The CW reality series.
"I just fell really disappointed in myself. I hope that I'm still able to do modeling. But right now it obviously doesn't feel like such a viable option," said Kara after her ouster. "I feel like what was even the point of coming in this competition if I was just going to go home in the middle of it. I wanted to win."
That night the girls received a go-kart with their Tyra Mail, and the next day they traveled Wilhelmina Models office -- where they were met by president Sean Patterson and petite model Lauren Shiohama.
Sean explained that the girls would be going on "go-sees" where they would meet with several potential clients who could help launch their modeling careers. Lauren added that the girls would also meet with an advertising agency and have the opportunity to read for their casting directors. The girls were broken into teams of two, each of which received their own car and a map.
In addition, the girls could go to all five go-sees but had to be back at Wilhelmina by 4PM. The teams were Jennifer An and Erin Wagner, Brittany Markert and Kara, Sundai Love and Ashley "Rae" Weisz, and Nicole Fox and Laura Kirkpatrick.
The girls then left to go on the go-sees and formulated a plan. They traveled around the city over the next few hours, trying to see as many potential clients as possible while also meeting with the casting directors. Eventually the teams began to rush back to Wilhelmina, hoping to get back before Sean's 4PM deadline. Jennifer and Erin made it back with one minute to spare, however Sundai and Rae weren't as lucky as they got stuck in traffic.
Sean and Lauren then met with the girls and explained to Sundai and Rae how important it is to be punctual if you're a model before disqualifying them from the challenge and making them wait outside in the lobby.
"He was so mad," said Sundai. "I wasn't even expecting that to come out of that nice man's mouth. I've never been embarrassed like that in my life."
Sean and Lauren then gave compliments and criticisms to the remaining girls before revealing that the winner would receive a piece from each one of the designers they visited, a pair of diamond earrings and an actual role in a nationally-televised commercial. Nicole was the revealed as the winner.
"It feels amazing to win," she said. "And it's coming after a week when I got a terrible critique on my photo shoot. I really needed to prove to myself that I could still do this, and I definitely did."
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That night Kara and Sundai complained about Nicole's victory.
"I'm going to channel this anger into the next photo shoot and kick her ass," said Kara.
The next day the girls arrived at a martial arts facility, where they were met by Top Model photo director Jay Manuel. He explained that for their next shoot, each girl would be working with martial arts weapons while hanging from a wire. In addition, he stressed the importance of dynamic poses.
Prior to her shoot, Kara continued to complain about Nicole -- not exactly putting herself in the best mind frame.
"This is a bit messy," said Jay as Kara's shoot began.
He told her to focus on what she's been taught because she was "losing all the grace in those movements." Despite the comments, Kara sound as if she was defeated.
"I was up in the air on this harness spinning around. Whatever I did just wasn't going to look good," she opined. "You just want to give up but you know you can't."
While Jay said he "loves" Kara, he called her performance "weak."
"Gorgeous girl, but just not present," he said.
Jay thought Sundai was also having problems, as he commented, "there's nothing graceful about this." He gave her some encouragement, however it didn't really help.
"Sundai was abysmal," he said. "It was like remedial modeling. It's not where she should be at this stage of the competition."
With the shoot in the books the girl returned to the house.
"At the next elimination I'm a little bit nervous because I didn't do good at go-sees," said Sundai. "And I know the photo shoot I did kind of bad. They could really look at that and be like, 'You should have stepped it up and now you're gone.'"
The next day the girls arrived for the thirteenth season's fifth elimination ceremony -- where they were met by Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks, photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander. This week's guest judge was model Jessica White.
Kara said the shoot was a "new experience," and Nigel commented that it looked like as experience she "wouldn't want to have again."
"I was definitely a little confused," answered Kara.
"You look really uncomfortable," said Jessica. "You're going to have moments like that in this business. You can't really let that show. You have to just kind of put yourself out there."
Tyra said the "smize" was her "safety net" if she felt uncomfortable during a shoot.
Jessica complimented Sundai's legs in her photo and Nigel called her "such a beautiful girl" with "great skin tone."
"But it's the same face to the side, face to the side, face to the side. Leg up, leg up, leg up," he added about the photos. "You need to step out of your comfort zone because I see the same thing out of you time and time again. You've got so much to offer."
"Mix it up," added Tyra.
The other six girls also received feedback before the judges began to deliberate -- and it quickly became apparent that Kara and Sundai were in trouble.
"What I've seen, week after week, there really isn't the passion," said Nigel about Kara. "It just ruins the photograph."
While Tara said she liked Kara's middle shot, Jessica added it was tough to see her face due to her hair.
"That's not a good sign," said J..
Nigel reiterated that Sundai's poses were too similar before J. made it known he didn't think she should go.
"Sundai you've got all week to pull it together," he said.
Tyra then revealed Nicole, Laura, Brittany, Erin, Jennifer, and Rae were all safe -- meaning Kara and Sundai were in the bottom two.
"Kara when you came into the competition, Mr. and Ms. J. and I said, 'Whoa, face.' And in your first photo shoot you showed us just how special that face was. But from week to week to week, we see someone less invested in this competition. We see someone struggling that seems lost and does not know how to be found," said Tyra.
"Then Sundai, the judges see you as an underdog -- the shortest girl in this competition. In the pictures, the judges feel you are stuck in a three-quarter face. As a model, it is important to be versatile."