For Cycle 24 of America's Next Top Model Tyra is back, and she kicked off the season with a brand-new goal for the wannabee models. In order to prevail in this competition, they would need to be "next level fierce." And for the first time in the show's history, age doesn't matter (Tyra eliminated the 27-year-old cutoff.) There's been the usual drama, and things got so intense that two women quit. Now it's down to the final four: Jeana, Khrystyana, Shanice and Kyla. They've got one last chance to convince the judges they have what it takes to be America's Next Top Model by walking in a Philipp Plein fashion show. Here's a look at who's left, and who we think will be crowned the winner.
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Jeana, who suffers from an autoimmune form of alopecia that causes her hair to fall out, has proven bald can be beautiful. Standing only 5 feet 7 inches tall, Jeana seemed to be the one to beat early on, even though she failed to deliver a best photo and only won two challenges. She landed in the bottom two three times and was sent packing in episode 11.
Jeana got a second chance after Tyra gave several of the eliminated models the opportunity to reenter the competition and earn a spot in the final four. Jeana managed to oust her only friend in the house, Rio (their friendship didn't survive Jeana's return.) But Jeana's comeback looked to be short-lived when she found herself facing elimination again the following week. Jeana was spared by guest judge and fashion designer Philipp Plein, who loves her look so much, he fought for her to walk in the final runway show while modeling his line.
Jeana has a good shot since she really shines on the runway -- her walk is fierce. She exudes confidence, and the fact that she's been spared time and time again means somebody views her as Top Model material. But Jeana has also emerged as a villain of sorts, and nobody wants the mean girl to win.
Shanice is definitely the underdog, and out of all the girls who remain, winning this competition would definitely have the biggest impact on her life. Shanice is from a small town in Tennessee where opportunities to get out and stay out are rare. Shanice, whose alter ego is "Sha-nasty," is convinced that if she returns to her hometown, she'll be letting down her family as well as herself. The entire Top Model experience has been a tantalizing taste of a life Shanice could only dream of prior to landing in the final four.
Compelling backstory aside, Shanice has struggled. Because she suffers from psoriasis (a skin condition affecting her scalp), she wasn't able to get the makeover that Tyra envisioned for her. Tears are commonplace when it comes to makeovers, but it's usually because the girls disagree with Tyra's vision for them. Shanice was devastated by her overall underwhelming transformation.
Shanice has been in the bottom two four times and going into the final runway show, her walk is still a hot mess. But Drew has called Shanice a "rising star," and all the judges have been impressed with Shanice's overall improvement.
The self-proclaimed activist, 20, is the youngest women left in the competition. When the girls went on castings, only Kyla and Rio managed to book any shows, both girls earning the honor of walking during NYC Fashion Week. Kyla also excelled during the Pantene challenge, showing she has commercial as well as editorial appeal and the best shot of making it as a working model.
Kyla has a tendency to be a bit too laid back, which can come across as boring or unenthusiastic, and that works against her going up against the incredibly-animated Khrystyana. But Kyla has won best photo three times -- the most of any woman this season.
This Serbian-born beauty has charmed photographers, directors and the judges with her upbeat personality. She brought the panel to tears when she revealed she'd been molested a when she was 11 years old. In the midst of an increased awareness of sexual harassment and assault, Khrystyana's story really resonates with viewers. She's won six challenges and has emerged victorious at Judges' Panel four times, earning two best photos and two best performances (one was part of a group that included six other girls.) Despite being a huge threat and a fierce competitor, Khrystyana remains popular with the other contestants and has managed to avoid any major drama.
The only obstacles that stand in Khrystyana's way are that she's curvier than the other women (Tyra stresses that ANTM embraces all ages, shapes and sizes, but it's been some time since a plus-sized girl won the competition) and is the oldest (32) of the remaining finalists. There's always a chance that she could crack under the pressure or fall on her face, and Tyra has made it clear that ANYONE can be eliminated at any time.
Who Will Win: Khrystyana
Unlike the other three girls, Khrystyana has only been in the bottom two once. Ashley Graham loves how comfortable Khrystyana is in her body, and this top contender has a ton of social media followers who devour the pics showcasing her zoftig figure, especially her belly. She has the ability to be sexy but natural, edgy and androgynous. Tyra believes that Khrystyana is a double threat -- she can model and act. Law has described her as "pure perfection."
Who do you think has what it takes to become America's Next Top Model? Does it all really come down to the last photo shoot/fashion show/commercial? Should Jeana have been given so many chances? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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