Teyona Anderson wins Top Model 12 after losing weave in group body-painting orgy

Teyona Anderson is America’s next next next next next next next next next next next next top model. She won Top Model‘s 12th cycle, beating Allison Harvard, while Aminat Ayinde was the second runner-up.

The series concluded in Säo Paulo, Brazil, where Miss J said Teyona “wants it a little bit more” and said she was “consistently good, great shot after great shot after great shot,” while now-fired judge Paulina argued that Allison had grown more. Tyra said there was “a little bit something more” in Teyona.

The final runway show was fitting for the series’ general insanity, as it concluded basically with what looked like a mud body-painting orgy, as the models covered themselves in slippery mud and slid around the floor and other models.

During that, Teyona proved that she was Tyra’s rightful heir, because as she pointed out, “my weave comes out and I’m like, okay, play with it, and I just spin it around in the air.” And that’s exactly what Teyona did:

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