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[05/05/05 - 12:00 AM]
Christina Eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model"

[via press release from UPN]

CHRISTINA ELIMINATED FROM UPN'S "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL"

Christina, a fashion marketing student from Tallahassee, Fla., became the tenth girl eliminated from the fourth cycle of UPN's hit series AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, reducing the pool from five to four.

Tyra surprised the girls at their temporary South-African home to talk about their experiences in the competition. Christina admitted that she had been hiding her inner feelings in order to portray confidence, but instead created the "Ice Queen" image the judges had noted. "My mom has always taught me to be strong and confident and it comes across as stern or cold toward the judges. It doesn't show the warm side of me," Christina said.

The next morning, the girls ventured out on their first "go-see" appointments and had the opportunity to sell themselves to top notch photographers, designers and agents. Many of the go-see clients seemed to be impressed by the girls' professionalism, but some noted that Christina looked bored and didn't make much of an impact.

The following afternoon, the girls had to trek through the cold water of a natural stream to get to their remote photo shoot destination. Upon their arrival, Jay Manuel revealed that they would participate in a serene shoot by a waterfall, but would need to create their own wardrobe using things from the environment such as grass, leaves and mud. After the shoot, Christina felt confident that she had met the challenge, but Jay felt that her poses were too technical.

During the elimination ceremony, the girls used everything the judges had taught them about modeling to critique each other's photographs and potential in the competition. Many of the girls felt that although she was beautiful, Christina lacked the potential to become AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. As the judges deliberated, they agreed that although her pictures are beautiful, Christina's personality kept her from standing out among the rest. "I know there is someone in there that is just soft and warm, but what the judges see from week to week is someone that is cold and is icy," Tyra said to Christina before eliminating her from the competition.

The winner of UPN's AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL will have the opportunity to be managed by Ford Models. She will also receive a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Finally, the winner will appear in a fashion spread in Elle magazine.

The fourth installment of UPN's hit dramality series AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL follows 14 young women as they attempt to prove they have what it takes to make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modeling. Banks, who created the show, also serves as executive producer along with Ken Mok ("Making the Band") and Anthony Dominici ("The Amazing Race").

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL airs Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN. For more information about AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, log on to www.upn.com.





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· AMAZING RACE, THE (CBS)
· AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (CW)
· MAKING THE BAND (MTV)











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