First Latina winner in “America’s Next Top Model

Posted on May 22, 2007. Filed under: Beauty & Fashion, Celebrities & Entertainment |

It seems that Jaslene Gonzalez will be adding some Latin spice to “America’s Next Top Model.” A year after failing to make the cut, the 20-year-old Chicago native and college admissions advisor was named America’s Next Top Model Wednesday, becoming the first Latina to win the competition. “Every little girl has a dream to be something,” Gonzalez said. “And to be here, I overcame so much. I didn’t make it the first time, but now look at me…That shows to all young women, if you have that drive, keep going. Second time around, and I’m America’s Next Top Model!”

Gonzalez said earlier in the season—Top Model‘s eighth—that modeling is what she was meant to do and that every fiber of her being was wholly devoted to taking the top prize. When asked why she should win, she replied, “I’m the Latin spice here!” Gonzalez added. “I’m the edgy girl. I’m not the girl next door, but I’m the girl down the block in your hood!”Well, it looks there was love for the hood as Jaslene was picked over fellow finalists Maui mom Renee Alway, 20, and Russian beauty Natasha Galkina, 21. It looks like she doesn’t have to pull out Natasha’s hair, like she threatened to do if the bubbly Russian won. (There’s a reason they call it the catwalk.) As winner of the show’s eighth cycle, she wins a year’s representation by Elite Model Management, a $100,000 CoverGirl cosmetics contract, and a cover and six-page spread in Seventeen magazine.
SOURCE: E! News

You can check out an interview with Jaslene Gonzalez at Reality Check

You can check out her modeling portfolio at America’s Next Top Model

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6 Responses to “First Latina winner in “America’s Next Top Model”

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exciting! im glad to know that we have a positive role model for our young women. yay!!!

Thanks for linking to my interview! I was happy Jaslene won – it was a nice Cinderella story to be booted in the semis in cycle 7 then come back to win cycle 8. 🙂

hi! i’m a big fan of the show too!! jaslene is the second latina, the first was in season two, yoanna house, she is half mexican. i know because i remember her talking about it on the show when her mom came to visit her, i was cheering!! regardless, i’m so happy we’ve had two latinas take the crown within 8 seasons! i’m a antm fanatic🙂

wasn’t Naima Mora the 1st Latina to win?

that yoanna girl was the first, naima the second, and jaslene the third.

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