"I'm a freaking supermodel!"
YAY! This may have been a surprise to some (it was to us) but in retrospect, you can kinda tell this was where they were heading.
First off, what a nice little sendoff for the season. Last night's episode was well-produced and well-edited, making for a finale that was tense and emotional but not maudlin or overly manipulative.
Best photographer they ever worked with, that's for sure.
He was very focused, very kind and very patient. Not surprisingly,
He got the boys to turn out some amazing shots.
For the last week, Lorenzo's been pre-fuming over his predicted outcome for this show. "They need to pick Branden!" he would roar to the heavens. Tom agreed, but always said in response, "You know they're not going to do that." We just thought it was a foregone conclusion that, even though from where we were sitting, he had the most potential out of the three of them, he was just too young and the judges were too in love with the other two for him to win the whole thing.
Well. As soon as the above picture flashed on the screen, Tom turned to Lorenzo and said "You're right. They HAVE to pick him." Not to take away anything from the other two portraits, which are both very good, but we literally cannot take our eyes off that picture of Branden. Give that kid a couple of years and some on-the-job training and he's going to nail it every time a camera is pointed at him.
The rest of the pictures were all fabulous, but again, Branden keeps standing out. Matthew Rolston (who is a great judge with very silly hair) made the very apt point that if you put Branden's two pictures side by side, you suddenly had an instant ad campaign. That's the mark of a really good model. Two shots and you have all you need. More than you need.
From the best photo shoot they've ever done...
To the absolute worst.
We don't know what the hell image Cosmo was trying to send by agreeing to do this, but "creepy and low rent" were probably not high on the list. Seriously, it was embarassing. A bunch of unnamed Cosmo staffers hung around and stared at the boys as they posed for them. Very weird. And again, unsurprisingly...
The pictures were all terrible. Although for some reason they never showed Sandhurst's shots.
And now, for the emotional blackmail portion of our program:
It's fine. It's a feature of the genre of reality competitions and it's not going away, so go ahead producers, manipulate us. We don't mind. It was all relatively sweet and relatively unstaged.
Besides, it was rather clever how they intertwined "emotional reunion" and "retrospective of their work" all in one sequence kind of seamlessly.
We do love those reality competition "parties," though. A bunch of production staffers artfully arranged to look like a crowd.
And the boys look ridiculous!
Fortunately, they also looked suave and smooth.
This is the look that Jonathan is built for. His walk was so solid and he looked sogood in BOTH pieces that we were sure he was the winner.
Sandhurst also gave an incredibly strong and incredibly smooth walk, so we thought maybe HE was going to win it.
We don't know what it is about Branden but it all sort of came together for him last night. Look at the long shot of him in that suit. He LOOKS like a model. He's got the unnaturally long and lean look to him and the clothes look incredible on him. That ostrich neck on him is probably a little weird in person but in photographs and on the runway it's really going to serve him well.
On a side note, what the hell was up her ass last night? What was with all the "I'm going to make you cry" leading questions?
"Branden, it sucks for you that your father ran out on you, am I right?" What the HELL? Where did THAT come from?
We hear people say "But Jonathan (or Sandhurst) is SO GORGEOUS and Branden just looks like a skinny kid!" Thing is, modeling isn't always about being the prettiest in the room; it's quite often about being the most interesting to look at and it's ALWAYS about the ability to sell something, whether it's an image or a pair of jeans.
All of them have that ability to one degree or another. It's to the show's credit that they narrowed it down to three such strong contenders. But Branden has that ability PLUS he's got youth on his side PLUS he embodies a certain look that's in on the runways and editorials right now, young, thin, pouty and chiseled all at once. It was a surprise to us that they went there, but it really was the right choice to make.
Aw. Yes he did. And the great part is, we have no doubt that these two will get careers out of this as well. We hope so.
A finale with three gorgeous men who are also sweet. What could be better?
[Photos: Timothy Greeenfield-Sanders/BravoTV.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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