Jennipher says “maybe yeah” race was a factor in her elimination over Kelle.

Jennipher says “maybe yeah” race was a factor in her elimination over Kelle.
The latest elimination on America’s Next Top Model 3 came down to Kelle and Jennipher, and Jennipher bit the dust. TV Guide plays the race card and asks her, “Once again, she made the bottom two and the judges hated her photos–but they kept her. Could race be a factor?” Jennipher takes the bait and says that it definitely is, sort of, maybe. “…I would say maybe yeah. If she’s doing that awful, what’s happening? Are they looking for a black model this year? There has to be something there because she’s just not cuttin’ it picturewise. They never say anything good about her. That’s the only difference between me and her, so….” Then TV Guide asks, “You mean that you’re white and Kelle’s black.” And Jennipher says, “Yeah. There has to be a little something goin’ on because my picture is better than hers every week.” Meanwhile, the more pressing question: Why does Jennipher spell her name in such a stupid, er, different way? It wasn’t because, say, her parents were high when they filled out the birth certificate. Instead, Jen-eh-pur says that “in sixth grade, there were so many Jennifers in our class — one went by Jen, one was Jenny, one was Jennifer… I had to do something different, so I changed it to Jennipher. I like the cool, unique spelling ’cause I don’t know anybody else that has it. So I went and changed everything and left it at that!” Once again, middle school is to blame.

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