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December 13, 2007


Saleisha has won "America's Next Top Model" season 9. Saleisha Cooper, to give her her full name, beating Chantal Jones who was felt to not have the necessary experience or self-confidence.

Saleisha defeated Chantal Jones, a 19-year-old student from Austin, TX, who was Top Model 9's runner-up. The judging panel felt Chantal was believable as a cover girl and more high-fashion than Saleisha -- who they called commercial.  However Chantal was also deemed to be too amateur and a bit uncomfortable in her runway walk, while Saleisha's previous experience as a model obviously paid-off as she owned the catwalk during the finale's runway fashion show at Beijing's Forbidden City.

The scene unfolded like this:

Tyra Banks has created another "Top Model" on her hit CW television show.  Saleisha Cooper was crowned America's Next Top Model on Wednesday night. Saleisha beat out the two blondes Chantal and Jenah during the "Top Model" finale. Jenah was the first to go after she had a breakdown in the judging room revealing that she has lots of cooped up issues.  Chantal was the first called for the final two, but she and Saleisha still cried like babies as Jenah was sent packing. Saleisha won the show based on her runway performance in the final show and the photos taken this season.  Saleisha really proved herself during the fashion show.  Chantal even knocked one of the guys on stilts on his ass. Congratulations to Saleisha, American's Next Top Model Cycle 9.

There's a much more detailed version of Saleisha's win here.

We get right to the Elimination Room, where Tyra and the others are waiting to view the girls’ commercials and photos, but also grill the girls on who has the most and the least Top Model potential. Up first is Saleisha, who says Jenah’s “rude,” “disrespectful” attitude makes her the least likely to be a Top Model. Nigel is “very impressed” with Saleisha’s commercial and, though Tyra nitpicks Saleisha’s enunciation a little, overall her marks are high.

Chantal’s up next and agrees with Saleisha, citing that Jenah’s attitude tends to be superior and makes her not good Top Model material. Nigel thinks Chantal’s technique is “bad” in the commercial, but Twiggy admires Chantal’s charm. Her photo is Chantal-beautiful, and Tyra notices that Chantal has learned how to smile.

Jenah thinks Chantal is the “most amateur” of the group, and votes her as having the least Top Model potential. Tyra thinks Jenah’s commercial comes off like she’s making fun of it, and once again Jenah comes under fire for her attitude. Jenah cries during the critique and then gets mad at herself for crying, saying she’s afraid it will make them see her as weak.

And what does Saleisha get for winning?

For winning Top Model, the 21-year-old receptionist from Los Angeles, CA received the show's grand prize package of a management deal with Elite Model Management; a $100,000 contract with cosmetics company CoverGirl; and a cover story and six-page fashion spread in an issue of Seventeen magazine.

So congratulations are in order, don't you think?

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