America's Next Top Model/Characters/Cycle Six

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Danielle Evans

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Danielle “Dani” Evans is an American fashion model. In May 2006, she won Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model. Her prize was a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a modeling contract with Ford Models and a photoshoot for Elle magazine.

Dani was thought by the judges to be one of the front-runners in the competition, noted for her striking face. It was not until the second half of the contest that she came under criticism for her heavy southern accent, which the judges felt was problematic, as the competition winner would shoot commercials for CoverGirl; however, they acknowledged that she could work with a speech coach to eradicate her accent. In the finale, the judges were torn, with some of the judges preferring fellow finalist Joanie Dodds’s versatile portfolio, while others (notably judge Nigel Barker) preferring Evans’s “signature look.” However, they felt Dani had the stronger in-person presence and commanded the final catwalk as well as having a stunning portfolio. Dani ‘s charisma and charm edged out Dodds, and she was crowned the winner of the sixth cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She has been voted by Top Model Obsessed viewers as their favorite contestant ever.


Joanie Dodds

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Joanie is an American fashion model who currently resides in Hollywood, California. She had her debut television appearance as the runner-up on Cycle 6 of the CW reality TV series, America’s Next Top Model.

Joanie was accepted into the casting of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. During her session with the casting judges, she dished about how her father is a preacher and how she was a cage dancer under his nose. She was called 5th to join the final thirteen.

As a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Joanie was known for being humorous and highly talented as a model. She did not get along with her fellow Top Model finalist, Jade Cole, and often made fun of Jade’s age in the confession room. The judges frequently likened Joanie to Top Model, Cycle 3 finalist Amanda Swafford, because both of them have the ability to deliver great pictures, but lack the edge that can make their presence known. Nevertheless, Joanie made it all the way to the Top 2 with Danielle Evans, but even though Joanie was able to produce a great portfolio and did well on the final runway challenge, the judges decided to give the title to Danielle. As a runner-up, Joanie was very classy and showed no resentment towards Danielle or the judges.


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Joanie: "The best girl won."

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Jade Cole

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Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Jade Cole is an Indian and African-American fashion model. Before she was on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Jade already had some experience as a model in the fashion industry. She was in Jay Z and Pharell Williams’ “Change Clothes” music video, where she got to work alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell.

As a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Jade became well-known for her notorious personality. The judges and the other girls often criticized her for her arrogant behavior. Jade didn’t see herself as being arrogant, but was always making negative comments about her fellow Top Model finalist, Gina Choe, who was known to be very insecure. Because the judges disapproved of Jade’s attitude, they placed her on the bottom two five times during the season. Nevertheless, her natural talent for modeling brought her all the way to the Top 3, but she was finally eliminated from the show on the season finale. She was the eleventh contestant to be sent home and, in a unique way of saying goodbye, read a portion of her own poem.


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Sara Albert

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She was born in Davis, California and was a full scholar at Georgetown University, where she majored in psychology, minored in government and was a member of the Volleyball team. Sara graduated cum laude in 2005. Before she was on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Sara was working as a Marketing Assistant for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C.

Standing at 6 feet, 1 inch, Sara was the tallest contestant among the finalists on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. It was a talent scout who encouraged Sara to audition for the show, but during the semifinals, judge Jay Manuel addressed his concern regarding Sarah’s height. Jay was worried that Sara might not be able to get a lot of modeling jobs, as designers usually do not make clothes for someone who is as tall as she. Supermodel Tyra Banks defended Sara, but still admitted that the average model stands between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches. Nevertheless, Sara made it to the finals, and even though she didn’t have any modeling experience before the show, she was able to impress the judges with her natural talent. She worked her way up to the top 4, and some of her best work includes her runway shows and the CoverGirl commercial. There were times that her passion for modeling was questioned, which often frustrated Sara, who insisted that she was just as passionate as the other girls. Sara became the tenth finalist eliminated when the judges felt that she was not good enough to be placed in the top 3.


Furonda Brasfield

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Furonda Brasfield is a fashion model from Los Angeles, California but she grew up in Stuggart, Arkansas. She encountered some trouble with the law when, in the year 2000, she purchased some materials with counterfeit money from two stores in Fayetville, Arkansas. Three years later, she graduated from the University of Arkansas and went on to pursue a career in modeling. When she was 24 years old, she became a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6.

As a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Furonda started as a strong competitor. She won the challenge wherein the girls had to use, with young comedian Nick Cannon, what they learned from an improvisation workshop at The Groundlings. Her prize was a guest appearance on the popular CW series, Veronica Mars and the chance to be on a public service announcement about HIV prevention. Despite doing very well on the photo and video shoots, Furonda fell to the bottom two after the “Venus Razor” photo shoot in Bangkok, Thailand, and was ultimately eliminated because she could not follow instructions well. She was the ninth finalist to be sent home.


Nnenna Agba

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Although born in Houston, Texas, Nnenna Agba lived in Nigeria for 12 years, only to come back to the United States at the age of fourteen. In 2004, she completed her studies as a chemistry major at the Texas A&M University and before she joined America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, she was working as a chemist at a Texas-based oilfield chemical company called Champion Technologies.

During the makeover session on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Nnenna’s head was shaved bald because on the previous photo shoot, where the girls had to be made to look bald, Nnenna was the one who looked amazing with absolutely no hair. The judges saw that Nnenna had a lot of potential, and she was a very strong contender in the beginning. However, as the weeks went by, her performance began to drop, and on the photo shoot in Bangkok, Thailand, Nnenna clearly had a difficult time pulling off the right pose. She was placed in the bottom two, and was subsequently eliminated from the competition.


Brooke Staricha

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Brooke was only twenty-two years old when she became a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. She is from Corpus Christi, Texas and was a student at Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi.

As a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Brooke wanted to be able to show other people her fiercer side, as others commonly perceive her to be timid. However, she was only able to become aggressive towards one Top Model finalist, Nnenna Agba, as the latter always seemed to be in conflict with her boyfriend, which led to her frequent use of the telephone. The other girls deemed Brooke as a “cry-baby” because whenever she would do badly in a challenge, she usually reacts by crying. Brooke defended herself by pointing out that all people have different ways of coping, and crying just happened to be hers. The judges named her “Babbling Brooke” because she stumbled over her words when put under pressure. Brooke’s performance during the photo shoots were a bit inconsistent, and the judges of the show eliminated her on the seventh week when her photographs from the “Doll” photo shoot and her inability to maximize her potential greatly disappointed the judges.


Leslie Mancia

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Before she joined America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Leslie was studying at Arizona State University.

Leslie was only 18 years old when she became a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, making her one of the youngest contestants. She was roommates with Kari Schmidt and was called “my girl Leslie” by Brooke Staricha. The major criticism that the judges threw Leslie’s way was her all-too sexual look in person. The judges requested that she tone down her sex appeal, and Leslie bounced back during the sixth week, when she came out very strong in a mock CoverGirl commercial challenge. However, Leslie found herself in the bottom two with Sara Albert the following week, and was ultimately sent home because despite appearing great in print, the judges still couldn’t see Leslie as a model.


Mollie Sue Steenis-Gondi

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Mollie Sue started out as a strong contender on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. Prior to her elimination on the fifth week, Mollie Sue had been able to produce quality photographs and had never once landed on the bottom two. However, as the competition got harder and as the number of the girls became smaller, Mollie Sue slowly lost her edge over the other girls, until finally, after the CoverGirl commercial shoot where the girls had to use what they learned from an improvisational class at The Groundlings, the judges decided to send Mollie Sue home for her failure to express her own true “persona” in her pictures.


Gina Choe

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When Gina became a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, she had gotten along with all of the girls except one, finalist Jade Cole. Gina was being constantly attacked by Jade, and the pressure of having to deal with the conflict led Gina to do badly, not just in the photo shoots, but also during a runway challenge, where they had to walk with cockroaches on their bodies. Her pictures from the fourth photo shoot made the judges frown, and ultimately, the judges decided to eliminate her because they felt that Gina lacked confidence and potential.


Kari Schmidt

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Born in Brookings, South Dakota, Kari Schmidt was the shortest finalist on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. On the show, her over-all appearance led the others to liken her to a Bratz Doll. She was a strong contender in the beginning, but she experienced great difficulty on the runway. Coupled with her inability to pull off a great walk, Kari also had a disproportioned body. Consequently, she became the third finalist to be eliminated from the show.


Wendy Wiltz

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Born in New Orleans, Wendy began modeling while still in high school. During her second year, a local modeling agency recruited her and immediately she was chosen to appear on a Pringles commercial. She then went on to become the spokesmodel for the hair shows of Aguage, Sebastian, and L’OREAL. In 2001, she graduated from high school and went on to major in Interior Design at Louisiana State University. In 2004, she modeled for the Johnson Publishing Company’s Ebony Fashion Fair Tour. She also appeared in several print ads and fashion shows for designer Harold Clarke.

Despite her extensive background in modeling, Wendy was the second to be voted off from America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. Shortly before she came on the show, Hurricane Katrina hit her hometown of New Orleans, leaving thousands homeless and without proper food and shelter. Wendy was so worried about her family that not only did she spend a lot of time on the phone with them, she also lost most of her concentration and focus, resulting in her poor performances during the first two photo shoots.


Kathy Hoxit

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Out of 32 semifinalists, the judges of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6 chose Kathy to be one of the 13 finalists in the show. However, Kathy did not get to stay long enough to gain significant exposure and insights on the fashion industry, as she was the first to go home, after she failed to impress the judges with her pictures from the first photo shoot. The first photo shoot had the girls donning skull caps order to look like mannequins. The judges gave Kathy’s pictures a “poor” rating.