Saleisha wins America’s Next Top Model 9

Saleisha Cooper is America’s next next next next next next next next next top model. She defeated Chantal Jones, who came in second, and Jenah Doucette, who came in third, to win the love of Tyra Banks and the other judges. She wins a $100,000 CoverGirl contract and a Seventeen magazine cover and spread.

Not that there’s any actual rationale for the judges’ often irrational decisions, and as evidence of that, the judges “felt Chantal was believable as a cover girl and more high-fashion than Saleisha — who they called commercial,” according to Reality TV World. “However Chantal was also deemed to be too amateur and a bit uncomfortable in her runway walk, while Saleisha’s previous experience as a model obviously paid-off as she owned the catwalk during the finale’s runway fashion show at Beijing’s Forbidden City.”

The conclusion of the green season is also the conclusion of Twiggy’s time on the series, as she’s being replaced by Paulina Porizkova for the 10th season.

Saleisha Cooper wins ‘America’s Next Top Model’s ninth season [Reality TV World]

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