Jaslene Gonzalez may have been a little much for Tyra Banks and company during casting for last season's group of aspiring models, but the fierce competitor, 20, returned for Cycle 8 and proved her worth.
Her miraculous turnaround concluded last night when she was named America's Next Top Model, beating out Natasha and Renee for the prize.
Q: What was it like to see your picture on the screen and be named America's Next Top Model?
Jaslene Gonzalez: I didn't even look at the picture. I was waiting to hear Tyra Banks say my name. Then I looked! Once I looked at the screen, my legs got weak. I couldn't move. I was in shock. They didn't show it, but I was holding onto Natasha for like 15 minutes.
Q: You didn't make the final cut during casting for Cycle 7. How does it feel to come back and win it all?
Jaslene Gonzalez: It means so much. For Cycle 7, things didn't work out, but I'm glad. I was a little too crazy, a little too much. So, second time around I tried to compose myself and show a cooler swagger. I went back stronger than ever. This is what I wanted and I got it.
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