America's Next Top Model Cycle 12: Why Allison Will Win
Abbey Simmons
Abbey Simmons
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It's almost finale time for the 12th cycle of America's Next Top Model. Only three girls remain: Allison, Aminat, and Teyona and you couldn't have three more different girls in the finale. Allison is a unique beauty, with oodles of editorial and avant garde potential, Aminat has all the makings of a supermodel but hasn't found how to channel it off the runway, and there's Teyona who has wowed the judges with her consistently strong photos and alien beauty. One lucky model will receive the grand prize, which we can all recite by heart now: a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, and the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine. Each day leading up to the finale, we'll explore why each finalist could walk away the winner. We've already explored why Aminat and Teyona could win America's Next Top Model. Today, we take a closer look at Allison.

* Read: Why Aminat Will Win *
* Read: Why Teyona Will Win *

If America's Next Top Model were really about finding a bookable high fashion model, Allison would be the clear winner this Cycle. Allison has all the makings of a high fashion "it" girl, save her wobbly runway walk. Without a doubt, Allison is one of the most memorable beauties to have competed on America's Next Top Model. With her gigantic ice-blue eyes, alabaster skin, and nymph like features, Allison looks like she's stepped out of a Mark Ryden painting and on to our TV screens.

Allison's look is other-worldly and it's a look that is so strong, it only comes around once in a great while. Allison's beauty transcends model, and goes into the realm of muses. Allison's not just someone who is going to look great in an avant garde collection, she'll be the inspiration behind the collection. Allison's beauty is pure editorial high fashion, and mark my words, designers all over the world will be clamoring to work with her. Allison could easily fit in with the doll-like models taking the high fashion industry by storm; think Lily Cole and Gemma Ward. Tyra would say that Allison has a look that normal people don't get, but fashion people love. It's slightly awkward, but completely intriguing.

Beyond the basics of her looks, Allison has produced one beautiful picture after another all Cycle long. Though the judges criticized Allison for being too "one look," the judges seem to forget just how powerful that look is. Allison has also seemed to take the judges critiques to heart, unlike the constantly 3/4 profile posed Teyona. Allison has greatly improved her poses and has worked on softening and deemphasizing her exaggerated facial features. Also playing in Allison's favor is the fact her last three photos have been her strongest of the Cycle, while Teyona and Aminat's photos are getting weaker.

Unfortunately for Allison, she's on America's Next Top Model, which often eschews editorial edge for more accessible commercial girl-next-door models. That, paired with Allison's wobbly and weak runway walk, pretty much guarantees she won't be this Cycle's winner. But don't feel too bad for Allison, her career will be better served as the runner-up of America's Next Top Model than the winner. Allison will get all the exposure of whoever wins ANTM (I'm looking at you, Teyona), but will have none of the contractual obligations. That means she can get straight to working with the designer's and brands that will appreciate her and her unique look. When Allison is modeling for names like Alexander McQueen and Betsey Johnson, and Teyona is posing for Kmart and Metrostyle, being runner up doesn't sound so bad after all.

Be Sure to Read:
    Why Aminat Will Win
    Why Teyona Will Win

--Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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