Alexandra Underwood was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
This student from Kerrville, Texas is 21 years old. During episode 1 of Cycle 14, Alexandra proclaimed that she was probably the most competitive girl on the show. (She’s also the only plus-sized model in this cycle.) She’s been the captain of every intramural sports team of which she’s been involved.
During panel interviews, Alexandra revealed that she was a “girly tomboy,” embodying qualities of both boys (she’s sporty, fly fishes, wake boards, surfs) and girls (she has a high heel collection that rivals most queens). Alexandra also divulged to the judges that she was 6 feet tall in the 8th grade.
During the first photo shoot, “Which super model are you,” Alexandra drew a gargantuan mole on her face to impersonate Cindy Crawford’s famous mole. This comically shocked the Jays and Tyra, but wasn’t portrayed as as malicious or mocking.
During episode two, Alexandra performed fairly well during both the nude photo shoot with Jonathan Mannion and the elemental fragrance shoot with Brian Edwards. However, Alexandra had a difficult time during the runway challenge; not only did she slip on the stairs leading to the runway, she was knocked off the catwalk when she was hit with a decorative pendulum, an obstacle placed over the catwalk as part of the challenge. Despite her slip up, she did not land in the bottom two.
Alexandra impressed the judges once again in episode 3, when she produced a beautiful ‘breakdance’ photo with Cade Martin. The judges said she “could really move,” which was much of the purpose of the ‘dance’ photo shoot. This led to her ultimately being called fourth during elimination.
During episode 4, Alexandra’s vampire photo, shot by Sarah Silver, impressed the judges, although Nigel felt that she was using the same pose shoot after shoot. Tyra felt that her pose could become her signature should she become successful. Alexandra was ultimately called fifth during panel.
Alexandra’s performance took a turn in episode 5 when she didn’t impress Nigel during the 3-minute ‘chemistry’ challenge. Also, her photo didn’t get a great response following the photo shoot with D-Nice. The panel said that her pose was ‘catalog’ and that her styling and makeup is what carried her performance; not her modeling technique. It was because of this that Alexandra ended up in the bottom two with Tatianna.
Tyra said that Alexandra was beautiful, statuesque, and that she had a body that anybody would want; unfortunately, she didn’t know what to do with what she had. Ultimately, Tatianna was elmininated, leaving Alexandra to compete another week.
In episode 6, Alexandra managed to stay out of the drama in the house and maintained a strong performance.
During panel, the judges loved her “New York women” photo, taken by Mike Ruiz. Ann Shoket said that she would book her in a heartbeat for a beauty story in Seventeen. Tyra loved the energy and her lean (which had incidentally become her signature pose in the competition). She added that her photo looked like a real CoverGirl ad. Nigel said that her photo was her best photo to date because she told a story and was present.
Alexandra’s great performance resulted in being called 4th during elimination.
During episode 7, Alexandra began showing a lack of confidence. She expressed frustration over not winning a challenge, especially since she puts ‘her all’ into everything she does. Her lackluster runway performance at Lucky Cheng’s didn’t help her confidence, either.
During the “Hair Couture” photo shoot with Jerry Metellus, Alexandra had difficulties focusing due to the other models being allowed to watch and heckle while she was shooting.
At panel, Nigel said her photo wasn’t a great shot and that she doesn’t always look good when she looks straight-on to the camera. (During deliberation, he did say that her proportions were spot-on for a plus-sized model.) ALT said that her hands looked awkward. Tyra said that her face looked strong and stunning – and at one time, divine. Guest judge, Whitney Port, said that her photo looked a bit “off.”
Alexandra’s average performance landed her in the bottom two with Anslee. While in the bottom two, Tyra told Alexandra she took decent pictures, but the judges were feeling a lack of drive and desire to be in the competition. Anslee was ultimately eliminated, allowing Alexandra to travel with the other girls to the international destination of New Zealand.
Alexandra began episode 8 with a somewhat flat performance during go-sees in Aukland, New Zealand. The girls had to visit six designers immediately after arriving in New Zealand (and a 22-hour flight) – and many girls weren’t prepared for the surprise. Alexandra was one of those girls. Wearing Ugg boots and very light makeup, she was often criticized by the designers for not being dressed for the part. Alexandra made it back to the agency on time, but didn’t book any jobs from the challenge.
Alexandra’s luck began to change when she performed brilliantly with photographer Nigel Barker during the “same dress” shoot. Nigel said that she had “fire” and “passion,” often paying attention to the angles in her face (which was a critique from the last panel judging).
During judging, Nigel said that she had a great personality. Tyra said she looked great despite being face-to-face with a sheep. Alexandra’s impressive performance resulted in being called 2nd during elimination.
Alexandra began episode 8 by declaring that “this competition wasn’t about being friends.” Which supported her dislike and annoyance of Raina and Jessica. She also began a close friendship with Krista, who is known for poking fun about the girls in confessional and openly.
During the first challenge in New Zealand’s Hobbiton, where movie Lord of the Rings was filmed, Alexandra had to model harem pants in front of the doorway to a hobbit home from the movie. Mr. Jay said that she came off a little “pin-up girl.”
During the “shadow shoot” with Tyra behind the camera, Mr. Jay said that she was a trooper due to combating the sniffles the entire time. Tyra really enjoyed shooting her and felt she got a great shot.
During panel, Nigel said her photo was beautiful, with a powerful story. He also said she was finally “getting it.” ALT said that she was creative and looked almost ethnic, like from Istanbul.
Alexandra’s stand-out performance earned her a 2nd call during elimination.
At the beginning of the Top Model finale, Alexandra voiced her disappointment over not yet having a 1st call out in panel. In light of her disappointment, she still felt she’d end up in the final two.
During the first challenge of the finale episode, which was a runway walk through an airplane while flying to Queenstown, Alexandra did very well according to the Jays. Unfortunately, Krista (once again) won the challenge.
During the “ugly pretty” photo shoot with Monty Adams, Mr. Jay said that she was gorgeous, but she wasn’t attaining the fashion edge needed for that particular creative.
At panel, Nigel thought her photo was interesting, but not really fashion. In fact, he said it felt more like a still from a film. Mr. Jay said that she sometimes went too ugly, instead of ugly/pretty. Tyra liked that she played with her hand. ALT said that her photo was not his favorite, but he liked her face and how it projected an essence that was not in line with her usual personality.
In the end, Alexandra ended up in the bottom three of the double elimination with Raina and Angelea. While in the bottom three, Tyra said that her body was rare, amazing and gorgeous, but her photos were not consistent.
Ultimately, Raina was picked to compete against Krista – leaving Alexandra and Angelea eliminated.
Upon leaving, Alexandra said the following:
“I’m so mad. I really, honest to god, thought I was going to be in the top two. I wanted to give girls like me something to believe in. Walking away without the title is just sucky. Especially when you know you pushed yourself really hard. I’m going to take this and run with it. I just can’t take all the things I’ve learned over the last couple of weeks and throw it out the window. You’re going to see me. I’m going to be in the magzines. I’m going to be out there. Don’t you worry; my modeling career is about to take off. And I can’t wait.”
To read Alexandra’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
As of May 2010, Alexandra is preparing to graduate from Texas Tech University with a degree in broadcast journalism (in addition to becoming certified in equine therapy and hippotherapy) and plans to later relocate to New York to pursue modeling.
To see more photos of Alexandra, click here.