Jessica Serfaty was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
The then 18-year-old aspiring model is from Conway, Arkansas was a stay-at-home mom during her stint on the show.
During her initial interview with the panel, she revealed that she got pregnant at the age of sixteen (after the first time she had sex) and married her boyfriend (whom she met in church) a year later when she turned seventeen.
Jessica can really identify with Brenda Arens, who, like Jessica, also became pregnant after her first sexual experience.
During on-camera interviews, Jessica said that she loves two things in her life: her family and the modeling industry.
Jessica proved herself to be one of the stronger models during Cycle 14, when she was called first during the very first panel judging. Because she performed so well, she was able to keep the Rachel Roy dress she wore during the runway challenge.
Jessica was called 10th following the photo shoot with Brian Edwards, then shot back up to 3rd following the ‘dance’ photo shoot with Cade Martin; the panel told Jessica that she produced a strong photograph depicting ‘salsa’ dancing.
During episode 4, Jessica produced a ‘vampire’ photo Tyra described as “stunning.” She was then called 7th during elimination.
Jessica continued to impress the judges when her photo with D-Nice was called “magnetic” and “in another world.” They also added that they loved that her feet were off the ground in her final photo. During the Ross Matthews challenge with Nigel, Jessica performed the best of the group and won a pair of $6,000 diamond earrings from Jude Frances Jewelry. (Alasia got to share in her prize since she was called first in panel during the previous episode.) Jessica’s performance during the “fake” photo shoot earned her a 1st call during elimination.
Episode 6 proved to focus less on the performance of each girl and more on the developing drama, as well as clashing personalities, in the Top Model house. The girls began hanging in particular cliques, which collectively did not bode well for a tranquil atmosphere.
Jessica became good friends with Brenda and Raina … and this conflicted with Alasia, Angelea, Anslee and Krista. Jessica made it clear on camera that her and Alasia didn’t get along, which was challenging because she shared a room with her. They were also shown loudly arguing in the limo on their way back from the first challenge.
Jessica was continually doing well during photo shoots and challenges. It was because of this that competitors such as Angelea really wanted to do well. Jessica even won the Tinsley Mortimer challenge, proving that she knew how to dress to her body proportions.
Perhaps the drama finally began to affect her performance. During the “New York women” photo shoot with Mike Ruiz, Mr. Jay was critical of her performance in front of the lens while she was attempting to portray a New York ‘club goer.’
Jessica was also harshly criticized during panel. The judges, specifically Andre Leon Talley (ALT), disliked what she wore to panel. He said that her shoes took her whole innocent charm to a level of “skeeza / hoochie / skanky and/or sexy.”
The criticism didn’t stop there, unfortunately. Tyra called her final photo ‘confused looking.’ Nigel added that he too thought she looked lost. Ann Shoket said she agreed with Nigel; Jessica looked dazed and lost. Despite the barrage of negative reviews, Jessica was called sixth, not even landing in the bottom two.
When Jessica was called, Tyra revealed that she was called 6th because the judges were “less than impressed” on how she handled herself in judging while being critiqued on her clothing. Tyra said that she went from “a very sweet girl / miss apple pie” to very combative, which was not attractive. Even at the end of episode 6, Jessica proved to be a strong competitor for Top Model.
During episode 7, Jessica did okay during the first challenge, which happened to be an impromptu catwalk challenge with Miss J at Lucky Cheng’s. The girls had to walk a runway in front of an audience of drag queens, Miss J and folks off the street. Jessica showed some personality, but didn’t stand out as much as Krista.
During the “Hair Couture” photo shoot with Jerry Metellus, Jessica performed well; especially considering the other girls were allowed to heckle while watching. Mr. Jay’s only critique was that her head positioning could have used some improvement while shooting.
At panel, Jessica got kudos from ALT for her pointed toe. Tyra said that she could see Jessica’s photo in a magazine accompanied by an article about Jessica being “The one to watch.” Ultimately, Jessica was called fourth during elimination, allowing her to travel to the international destination of New Zealand.
Episode 8 began with a go-sees challenge in New Zealand. Jessica ended up booking 1 out of 4 go-sees, although most of the designers said her look was a little soft and commercial.
During the “same dress” photo shoot with Nigel Barker, she seemed unsure of her surroundings while posing. Nigel said that her face looked confused and that she wasn’t into it.
At panel, Nigel said that she lacked passion in her eyes. ALT said that Nigel’s art direction saved the her. Tyra said that her face is very commercial, so she needs to really learn how to work her eyes and facial features.
Due to her unimpressive performance, she landed in the bottom two, with Alasia, for the first time.
While in the bottom two, Tyra said that she’s a girl who can take an interesting picture, but at times she looks too commercial; she needs to work on being more edgy.
Alasia ended up being eliminated, leaving Jessica to compete for another week.
Jessica began episode 9 by setting the toaster on fire in the Top Model house. This let to a verbal lashing by the girls, with regards to her cooking/mothering skills. Jessica was upset by this, but tried not to be bothered by it.
During the first challenge, a photo shoot on a film set from the movie Lord of the Rings, Jessica’s performance was called “commercial.” Alexandra commented that she looked like she was in a catalog for Dilliard’s.
During the “shadow shoot” with Tyra as photographer, Jessica had trouble delivering “edge.” Mr. Jay said she had trouble finding her energy until the very end of the shoot.
In panel, guest judge Sarah McLeod loved her eyes. Nigel said it looked like she was “searching for truth” and that her profile wasn’t perhaps her strongest attribute. ALT said that he was at a loss for words. Tyra said that the shadow was wearing her, not the other way around.
Jessica’s weak photo resulted in a trip to the bottom two. While in the bottom two, Tyra said that she was so “sweet and pretty – and commercial.” Tyra went on to say that being commercial was a money maker, but not a career maker. She said that she can be edgy when she concentrates, but it wasn’t consistent enough for the judges.
Jessica became the 9th girl eliminated from the show. Upon elimination, Tyra said that being commercial was a “kiss of death” on Top Model.
Upon leaving, Jessica said the following:
“I’ve come a really long way and I made it to the top five. I gave it my all, but it wasn’t enough. Tyra, thank you so much for the opportunity; you don’t even know what it means to me. I’m going to miss this, but I’m definitely glad to get to see my little boy and my husband. I’m not not going to stop pursuing my dream. I’m going to move out to California or New York and I’m going to become a big top model, whether that means commercial or editorial. I’m just going to see where life takes me.”
To read Jessica’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
Since the show Jessica and her husband have moved to Los Angeles to (both) pursue modeling and acting. Before the show, Jessica was signed with The Agency in Arkansas. She’s currently looking for representation in California.
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