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Kahlen Rondot was a contestant and runner-up in Cycle 4 of ANTM.

At the beginning of the competition, Kahlen’s lack of confidence sometimes got the best of her; however, she consistently produced excellent photographs; at the final judging panel, the judges noted that Kahlen had provided one of the best portfolios in all the previous cycles. The judges were most impressed with Kahlen’s portrayal of the Springbok, South Africa’s national animal, and when she portrayed Wrath during a shoot based on the 7 Deadly Sins. They were especially wowed by Kahlen’s 7 Deadly Sins shoot because, in the same week, a friend from high school had died. She was called first that week.

When she made the “final six”, Nigel Barker praised Kahlen by stating, “You are a chameleon. You have the ability to turn into anything and everything. It’s not sexy, but it’s very cool.”

Kahlen made it to the final two, but the judges felt that Naima stole the runway show. Tyra compared Kahlen to a girl who “did good all semester and kinda failed her final exams,” and Naima to a girl who “did fair during the whole semester and ‘killed’ the final exams.” Like all the girls who got Janice Dickinson’s vote she ended runner-up. She was recently voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL entertainment, where it is stated that “She should have won her cycle.”

Since the show Kahlen has appeared on numerous talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tyra Banks Show. During an interview on the Tyra Banks show, she revealed that her friends sexually assaulted her when she was intoxicated at a party.

In 2005, the Oklahoma State Senate honored her with a resolution “congratulating Kahlen for representing Oklahoma on a national television program (and) commending her for her outstanding showing on America’s Next Top Model.”

Her ANTM-related work includes US Weekly’s Summer Hottest Trends with Naima Mora and Keenyah Hill, ElleGirl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Models 2005 and its second installment where she walked for Alice and Olivia’s Fall 2006 to raise funds against breast cancer, spreads in Elle Girl for Ford Fusion and Samsung, Jay Manuel’s Manual Override Cosmetic line, Radar magazine’s America’s Ex Top Models and a campaign for Tulipa Collection by Vanessa Barantes with fellow alum Rebecca Epley.

Her non-ANTM related work includes a spread in Vice magazine. Although she was not the winner of her cycle, her promotional picture is used as the shadowed “top model” on the Germany’s Next Top Model’s logo. In July 2007, salacious images – allegedly of Kahlen – appeared on the Internet, but their provenance remains unknown.

Despite being considered a stand-out in her cycle, Kahlen struggled to get signed by a modeling agency, which many say is because of her resemblance to Carmen Kass.

Kahlen is no longer modeling. She currently works as a bartender in New York City, and plans to someday open her own bar.

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She did a campaign for Manual Override Cosmetics, which is the cosmetics line launched by Jay Manual. This photo comes from the site.

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52 Responses to “Kahlen Rondot”

  1. kiki Says:

    She should have won, but because she had blonde hair and blue eyes the judges wanted to view her as commercial. I also think they thought Naima would never be signed.

    • hello Says:

      I think she won because Naima obviously models better and Naima clearly has more beauty. I mean come on, look at the hair. ;)

      • Mb Says:

        “Naima obviously models better and Naima clearly has more beauty.”

        You’re kidding me, right? She’s not pretty and has no personality. She’s not a memorable girl in the cycle. She won, but definitely not a top model. I’ve seen her pimply face in Proactiv ads. Yeah, that’s what a top model does.

      • Joseph Says:

        agree with MB … Naima pretty ? hahaha .. no way, girl .. Naima was boring, her hair sucked and her skin wasnt clean and clear (like Yaya in the beginnin of S3)

        Kahleen aint nothin special but definately was better than Naima

  2. Loulah Says:

    She should have won. And Carmen Kass is so old now! Kahlen is prettier; I’m shocked that she is not modeling anymore.

  3. steena Says:

    The true winner of Cycle 4!

  4. Sam Says:

    I really wanted her to win. She was so beautiful and had lots of potential. I wish she continued modeling. She could`ve been a top model and maybe an aspiring supermodel. But still, I love her. She is so remarkable and beautiful. I like her so much better than Naima. She really should have won.

  5. playful Says:

    Um, get it over it. She won! She is hella gorgeous and Kahlen was one of my favorites. Actually, I liked her more than Naima, but OH WELL! Naima has talent and beauty.

  6. Renz Geosien Olvida Says:

    I hate it! How could she not win? With these looks? Oh no, no, no! I was upset. I am a fan of ANTM here in the Philippines and I’m really disappointed. How could Tyra let go of her? And Naima? Yah, she looks good, but this girl stuns me more! And when I say more, it’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times of beauty than Naima. I am sad that she does not model anymore.

  7. Chilly710 Says:

    Here is the real winner of Cycle 4! You go Kahlen!

  8. Marts Says:

    Out of the final two, she needed this win more than Naima. Kahlen looks like some models from this industry and it was really what killed her career before it was born.

  9. grace c Says:

    Does anyone know which restaurant she works at right now?

  10. kiki Says:

    I wish that Kahlen would read these comments, because then she might see how good she really is and she would see how many people love her. And just maybe she would start modeling again. But a girl can only pray and wish for that to happen.

  11. nikki Says:

    Wow. I’m very surprised she isn’t modeling anymore! Wow, I thought she was great!

  12. ilya Says:

    I was really surprised too like a lot of you that Kahlen had not won!!!!! I simply LOVE her!!!!!

  13. ilya Says:

    From Russia with love to Kahlen!

  14. katrina Says:

    I can’t believe that she isn’t modeling anymore what happened?? why did she stop??

  15. Patricia Kayden Says:

    If she was such a great model and should have won, why is she no longer modeling? The Judges got it right.

  16. boo Says:

    She should keep modeling. I think she would’ve been a better win than Naima, but if she gave up on modeling then I guess this just wasn’t her thing. Still what a waste of spot for someone else who could’ve gotten a little more help in the industry if they were on the show.

  17. Otito Says:

    I enjoy watching the reruns of ANTM, which appear on Tuesdays, in my city, on Oxygen. I always come to this site to read about the contestants while the show is on. I honestly believe that Naima was a better model on the show and that she won fairly.

    Kahlen, on the other hand, is a woman with not an ounce of confidence. As the #2 model, she should have been able to use that distinction to her advantage. Instead, she quit modeling. I was prompted to write on this blog because in a one-on-one she just said that she gives up when things don’t go the way she wants because she doesn’t want to fail! Unfortunately, I’m afraid to think of where Kahlen will end up in life if she continues quitting, which is the ultimate sign of failure. I also believe that had she won, she would have quit once the guaranteed items were over and she was on her own.

  18. Sapphire Says:

    I’m mad she’s bartending right now instead of fighting to be the awesome model she can be. It breaks my heart to see such talent wasted.

  19. Zsa Says:

    Kahlen is great.

  20. james Says:

    think they both deserved 2 win, kahlen may be prettier but naima was the better *MODEL* :)

  21. Heather Says:

    I really wish she had continued modeling. She should have won this cycle! I am tired of them letting blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls into the finals just to tell them they are too ‘commercial’. I’m sorry, but Naima was the ugliest of the bunch. BIG mistake ANTM!

  22. Olya Says:

    I agree with you. Can you imagine what could be if she had won? After watching the 4th season I thought she would work so hard to make judges understand they had been wrong. And now I`m sad-she had everything to become the best…and she still has it but doesn`t use! That sucks a lot…

  23. EmmaJ Says:

    She does want to model, I think, but it’s stated that she’s struggling to get signed. Wanting to be a model is one thing but if no one wants to sign her… it’s no use even if we all love her. Models are unlike movie stars – If you have alot of fans doesn’t mean you will get signed for a job….

  24. Diego Says:

    She is one of my favourite of ever in ANTM..look at her portfolio, she’ s great!I’m so sorry not to see her continue modelling,
    …..so much talent and versatility!…

  25. none Says:

    she works at 3 bars in brooklyn ny. the ontario, midway and lady jays. she is now completely covered tattoos including her neck and hands. sometimes the modeling industry is too much for some people to handle.

  26. LisaLaggrrr Says:

    I loved her on the show. She may have actually become a Top Model. I liked Naima, but I still think Kahlen was better. Kahlen, if you read this, start modeling again!

  27. LisaLaggrrr Says:

    Wow, she STRUGGLED to get signed? Every girl I’ve read about so far managed to get some kind of contract. I couldn’t believe Ambreal got a contract, I mean she has a great body and skin, but a big nose and is weird looking (hate be mean, but…) I’m really surprised.

  28. Andre Zardo Says:

    Love her sooooooo much! She didn’t “failed” in her last exams like Tyra said. Even the judges told Naima that didn’t like her Covergirl photoshoot as Kahlen’s. She should’ve won her cycle!

  29. Thomas Says:

    Naima basically quit modeling too. She’s in a band. Kahlen was the better ignite two but I’m also biased because she’s from my hometown. :)

  30. giomccartney Says:

    I just finished watching the Cycle 4 finale, and I really, really loved her. And Rebecca. She was so humble, she always stayed true to herself and others. I KNOW she would’ve had a great career as a model. What I think is that in the end, at the fashion show, she realized how much she really wanted to win, she finally got to realize how beautiful and sexy she was. Then losing to Naima after such realization made her disappointed in herself, and modeling. At least I believe so …
    Underneath it all, Naima deserved it, too. :) She has a great spirit. I wished they both would’ve won.

  31. Himela Says:

    I didn’t remember her but yeah, she should have won over Naima, in fact my grandmother should have won over Naima! lol

  32. Eslam Khattab Says:

    Kahlen was my favorite since episode one, every time I pray god she does not fail. By the top 4 I was 100% Kahlen will win, but then at the final show, I was amazed by Naima’s perform that I believed she deserve to win now, and when it happened, I was happy, so I guess that mean Naima deserves it.

  33. Rae Says:

    I’m thoroughly disappointed that she’s not modeling anymore. I liked Naima a lot, but I loved Kahlen.

  34. Anonymous Says:

    I used to be in love profoundly with Kahlen until I found out she’s been a victim of modern pro-teen fashion.

  35. Aldona Says:

    This girl is so pretty and so sweet!
    While I was watching Cycle 4, I was gradually falling in love with her.
    Very sweet and innocent, but with brains as well.

    I wish her best!!!!


  36. BEUTIFUL GIRL, MY FAV CONTESTANT ON ANTM EVER. KAHLEN YOU ROCK GIRL!!! UR A TRUE TOP MODEL WINNER, AND A GORGEIOUS GIRL AND MY INSPIRATION.

  37. Blue Says:

    Kahlen has a good personality, I personally really like her. Too bad her face really look like Carmen. If I’m an agency, I don’t want her to be in my agency due to her resemblance to super model. Like people will mark her as ‘the fake carmen’..who want that?

    But, if she pursue a career of modelling not in New York, in Asia she will be a big hit. Lots of people will want to book her. :)

  38. Iariiita Says:

    I LOVED HER!! SHE WAS SO INOCENT AND BEAUTIFUL. SHE DESERVED TO WIN!!

  39. Daphne Says:

    The pic of her on the rock is the ONLY good pic of her. Never could figure out how she got to the finale. She did right by stop modeling bc she didn’t have it. So not memorable like Naima..

  40. Zooeee Says:

    i love Kahlen so much! She is soooooo adorable! why isn’t she modeling anymore. I don’t like Naima, I wish Kahlen won.

  41. alice Says:

    Such beauty wasted. I loved looking at her. She is stunning. I would love to see her model again.

  42. Haris Says:

    Kahlen its the best, I think that Tyra hates Kahlen. more favored black girls. be brought to the racist Kahlen. Kahlen wish all the best, I hope to continue modeling. I hope that her modeling agency, and ANTM help with his future career. I watched ANTM with his younger sister and cheered Kahlen. I hope you read these comments the support and that she will be an incentive to succeed in modeling I hope that Tyra and ANTM people from reading this, because I have a proposal for them. Start with a new cycle of ANTM where they will compete defeated finalists from each cycle, as Kahlen and so give them a second chance at success. Kahlen deserved to win, because it’s much prettier and much better model than Naim. I was so disappointed when Naima won, that I was one of the worst days in my life. If I ever succeed in life is to help potudiću Kahlen to become the top model in the world.

  43. Thomas Says:

    She was great on ANTM and her portfolio is amazing. I wish she would of continued modelling. I guess it doesn’t matter how amazing you were on antm, sometimes you just won’t get the job

  44. bella Says:

    She struggled to get signed because of her physical similarity to Carmen Kass

  45. Lisa Says:

    I also wish she had won. I do like Naima also but Kahlen has the rare ability to be edgy and commercial (see her astrological and envy pics vs her cover girl ad), sexy and wholesome (check out her gas station pic vs got milk ad with baby & pillow fight w/ male model). Going through her portfolio makes me remember how amazing she is. As a photographer, she is one of the few girls on Anymore that inspired me. Can’t believe she wasn’t signed to an agency. Who cares if she looks like some other model? That happens all the time! Her portfolio clearly shows her ability to look like what the shoot needs. Hope she has the chance to model again. If prior contestants like Teyona & Chelsey from cycle 15 to name just a couple can get signed, it is crime to pass up on Kahlen!

  46. Alisa Rivera Says:

    I miss Kahlen. :( It breaks my heart that she’s not in modeling anymore..


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