Jaslene Gonzalez Officially Named America's Next Top Model

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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.

Viva Jaslene!

Her miraculous turnaround concluded last night when she was named America's Next Top Model, beating out Natasha and Renee for the prize.

Joining Caridee English and six other Top Model champs, Jaslene Gonzalez talked to People magazine about the Top Model victory, her drama with Felicia and more:

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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