As for the young women vying for the coveted top spot, well … one of them wins. Some of the others go on to have flourishing modeling careers despite the loss, and some find another calling.
During the course of the show, she revealed what can only be described in understated terms as a rough upbringing — poverty, abuse, and being bullied about her sexuality to the point where she had to switch schools — but she treated none of it "Kayla americas next top model sexuality" a setback, instead resolving to work hard and use her time in the public eye to be a positive representation of the lesbian community.
I fully admit, this show is like crack for me. I spoke to her for AfterEllen.
Then I remembered that she got eliminated and I shook two angry fists at the universe. Kayla, what is up with you getting eliminated? And yeah, a lot of people are really, really shocked. At one point in the elimination, Tyra said you needed to get some confidence, and it seemed that you were the one person besides maybe Chelsey [Hersley, Top 2 finalist] who always had confidence in yourself.
Maybe they were supposed to say that to Ann [Ward, Top 2 finalist], who always looks ready to crumble. Ann seems like a sweetheart, but I think the modeling industry is going to eat her alive.