Wednesday night brought us an intense finale to “America’s Next Top Model’s” 19th cycle, and there was plenty of drama. For the first time ever, a hospital visit nearly derailed someone’s chances of even making it to the final panel — as Laura LaFrate suffered a complete and total emotional breakdown after shooting the Cover Girl commercial. For most of the episode, we also had a pretty distinct feeling that Sophie Summer was going to take this home. She dominated the early stages of the competition — especially the runway show, where she felt more like a symbol of high fashion than anyone else there.
However, this competition is prone to surprises — and we were pretty worried going in that Tyra Banks was going to allow an American to come out on top mostly because this is an American show — and we have seen two British contestants in a row already go home. In the final portion of the show, the editor for Vogue Italia loved Laura’s pictures, and said that they would book her in a split-second.
In the end, there was a surprise — Sophie still won! This season, the British came, saw, and conquered — and Sophie also now gets to head home not feeling like the Clay Aiken of “Top Model” after finishing in second back on her season back in Britain. It was a deserving win, and it was at least a happy ending to a season marred by low ratings and the news of Jay Manuel, J. Alexander, and Nigel Barker leaving.
What do you think about the winner, and about this “British Invasion” season as a whole?
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