Given her unique look, passionate personality and inspiring background (she was raised in a cult, a subject she openly discussed on the show but asked to move on from in post-show interviews), it seemed not just possible, but likely, that Naduah Rugley would rise above the drama, and through the ranks, on America's Next Top Model this season.
But the judging panel--led by Tyra Banks and newly galvanized by the talkative Andre Leon Talley--had other plans for this articulate 22-year-old mother from San Diego. After two challenging photo shoots that exposed her skin, and her tendency toward "classic" posing, the judges deemed Naduah an unpleasant contradiction between edgy and elegant, and sent her home.
I spoke to Naduah last Friday, two days after her second and final America's Next Top Model episode aired. Hear and/or read our conversation about her Top Model experience after the jump.
America's Next Top Model is available on Amazon Prime.