Jonathan may have went in as the favorite to win Season 2 of Make Me a Supermodel, but 18-year-old Branden Rickman — whose age and inexperience made him the dark horse — was the one who went home with $100,000, a contract with New York Model Management and spread in Cosmopolitan. Find out what it was like for Branden to beat the odds, how he feels he's grown since the beginning of the competition and what this mama's boy plans to do with his cash prize.
TVGuide.com: Congrats! How did it feel to win?
Branden Rickman: I was so excited! It was just crazy. I did not think I was going to win at all. I really underestimated myself, but it all turned out great in the end.
TVGuide.com: What was the final Cosmo shoot like?
Branden: It was awesome. That was my favorite because ...
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Like Pinki, the little girl of the film's title, you'll be grinning ear-to-ear — and shedding tears of joy — after seeing this 2008 Oscar-winning documentary short. Director Megan Mylan's heartwarming work chronicles efforts in India to encourage parents of children born with cleft lips to take them to a hospital for free corrective surgery. The defect causes public shame and makes speaking difficult, but all of these kids, including 5-year-old Pinki and 11-year-old Ghutaru, are finally ready for their close-ups.
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It's a catwalk battle royale Wednesday night when both America's Next Top Model and Make Me a Supermodel unveil their new seasons. How do the similar shows compare? Check out our breakdown of each series as we size-up how their format, style and even their teeny-tiny waistlines — and be sure to weigh in one which you prefer.
Make Me a Supermodel: Season 2 (Wednesday 10 pm/ET, Bravo) kicks off with 16 new models competing for model supremacy while living together in New York City by competing in photo-shoot challenges and runway walk-offs.
Top Model: The 12th season (Wednesday 8 pm/ET, CW) begins in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace with 34 wannabe models who are narrowed down to 13 who compete in photo shoots, fashion shows and other obscure challenges dreamt up by Tyra.
Supermodel: Tyson Beckford, a supermodel and actor who's often the pretty face hired to star in multiple music videos (like Britney's "Toxic") hosts, and Nicole Trunfio, a 22-year-old Australian supermodel, acts as mentor.
Top Model: Tyra Banks, a supermodel, talk show host, actress, singer, and producer — there's not much she doesn't do. Girlfriend needs to take a minute.
America's Next Top Model
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Top Model is back, baby! And tonight's playful two-hour 12th-season premiere brings together 34 gorgeous goddesses to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Of course, only 13 will survive the initial hour and move into a luxurious Upper East Side apartment in New York City where the real fun and catty games begin. The beautiful baker's dozen walk their first runway and then bring classic childhood games to life in a joyous Central Park photo shoot.
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Cheers to Make Me a Supermodel for picking Niki Taylor as one of its cohosts. On Bravo's promising new reality show, the cover girl comes across as more genuine than America's Next Top Model's Tyra Banks and warmer than Project Runway's Heidi Klum. That isn't tough, but Taylor's hard not to like and still easy on the eyes. (Her cohort Tyson Beckford ain't bad, either.) Read and react to Bruce's opinions on Cashmere Mafia's Bonnie Somerville, American Idol's new season and more! Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!