The judges deliberate. Twiggy says that Natasha is one of the funniest people she's ever met. Ms. J. says that Natasha has a great face, and Mr. Jay agrees. Nigel is interested in Natasha's ability to be a quick study, and says that she has a great future. Jaslene started quite strong, says Nigel, but hasn't really improved. Jay thinks that just means that Jaslene started in the competition with more ability. He says that Jaslene's journey was from crazy bee-yotch to sophisticated lady. Twiggy thinks that Jaslene's photos are some of the best out of all the girls. Jay says that Jaslene is an amazing editorial model, but Tyra asks if she can be commercial. Jay doesn't think so, but Nigel thinks she can. "Even with the chin?" asks Tyra. Even with the chin, says Nigel. When you have a new model, she can break the mold. Twiggy loves that both girls aren't the norm. Nigel and Twiggy both think that Jaslene was better on the runway. Tyra thinks that Natasha was better, and Ms. J. says that Natasha fizzled at the end. Tyra says that she loves them both, and asks what they're going to do.
And then, it's time to find out. The girls return, and Tyra tells them that part of what the judges love about them is that they come from such strong cultures. They are the epitome of what America's Next Top Model is all about, and what being an American is all about. And that is the ability to whore and humiliate oneself for even the most fleeting chance at low-rent fame, despite the lack of any discernable trace of talent. I, myself, have never felt so patriotic. With the fruited plain behind her, Tyra says that these two have some of the biggest hearts and souls -- and, for that matter, chins and heads -- that she's ever seen standing in front of her. But they feel that one girl is stronger, and, as the winner, will make them proud. And America's Next Top Model is...Jaslene!
Jaslene busts out her deaf voice (and that is courtesy of Rich at FourFour, so don't send me the mail) to thank Tyra, and cries. Natasha actually looks kind of relieved, and graciously hugs Jaslene. Jaslene then hugs Tyra, and apparently cracks her back in the process. Did you guys hear that? It was a definite crunching sound. Natasha tells us that this was a great experience and she loved every minute of it, but now she's just so happy to go home and see her family. And that's good. I love Natasha, but I can see why Jaslene won. I don't think she's as pretty, but she's a better model. Plus, it takes away a little of the sting from the cancellation of The George Lopez Show. Jaslene tells us that every little girl has a dream to be something. Her family believed in her dream as much as she did, and she's overcome so much to be there. Including, we see through photographic evidence, being kind of a homely kid. She brings up the fact that she didn't even make it last season, and here she is, which makes me afraid for the number of rejects that we'll be seeing again in the future. Sigh. In any case, Jaslene is fierceness and spice and everything nice, and I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of her. Unless they decide to do away with the My Life as a Cover Girl spots next season, in which case, it was nice knowing you, kid!