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[05/11/06 - 12:00 AM]
Sara Eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model"

[via press release from UPN]

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

Sara, a student from Davis, Calif., became the tenth girl eliminated from the sixth cycle of UPN's hit series AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, reducing the pool from four girls to the final three.

Following a lesson on Thai customs from designer Pichita Rucksajit, the girls embarked on individual go-see opportunities where they met with renowned Thai designers who judged their knowledge of Thai customs and modeling skills. Sara felt confident in her awareness of Thai customs, but the pressure of the go-see opportunity caused her to tense up, allowing her nerves to outshine her potential as a model.

The next day the girls set off for Phuket where they posed in OP Swimwear amongst the wind and waves for an Amp'd Mobile advertisement photographed by Nigel Barker. Once again, Sara appeared tense in front of the camera and had difficulty connecting her facial expressions with her sultry poses. "Good models have to be comfortable with themselves," Nigel said eluding to Sara's awkwardness.

Back in Bangkok, the judges viewed photographs from each of the go-see opportunities. While all of the girls exhibited grounds for improvement, Sara's photos appeared amateur and didn't stand out amongst the group. "The judges look at you as the most improved girl here," Tyra said to Sara. "But the judges are now saying 'has she improved enough?'" Thus, Sara was eliminated from the running to become AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.

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. The winner will additionally appear in a fashion spread in Elle magazine.

The sixth installment of UPN's hit dramality series AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL follows 13 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 (VH1)
· MAKING THE BAND (MTV)





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