Claire Unabia was a contestant during Cycle 10 of ANTM.
Claire Unabia was the 24-year-old production coordinator from New York, New York. Throughout the show, Claire had consistently strong photos and standout performances, winning two reward challenges and winning the Cover Girl of the week title five weeks in a row. Additionally, during the third episode, she won the make-up challenge held at Wal-Mart. During episode six, Claire struggled to portray country music in her music genres photo shoot and landed in the bottom two with Aimee, and was spared. During episode seven, she struggled again with her face down on the water photo shoot, and was sent home for her lack of versatility. Claire was the sixth model eliminated.
Claire described the task of balancing motherhood with her modeling career as a tricky one. Claire’s participation in the competition required her to leave her baby behind for some time. Even though she missed her baby, she moved on with the show, using her baby and husband as her inspiration.
Regarding her elimination, Claire maintained a clear mind about it even though she was also disappointed. “To go home was kind of heartbreaking in a way, but after being in the bottom two the previous week, it was kind of hard for them to choose anyone else,” she said. She also understood the fact that the judges wanted to see improvement more than just skill. Claire also admitted in interviews that it was a great fault that she didn’t impress them more every week.
Since the show, Claire has modeled for Fati Light and has an ad for Kodak. She’s appeared on the cover of Parents magazine with her daughter Halina in 2007 and February 2009 and was additionally in Unvogue, New York Daily News and Supermodels Unlimited.
Claire is currently signed to Empire Model Management in New York City.