Rhianna Atwood was a contestant during Cycle 15 of ANTM.
The self-proclaimed “world explorin’, dance feverin’, people lovin’ wild child” from San Diego, California was 20 years old during her appearance on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 15.
Rhianna made an impression with judges during her initial interview by wearing a quirky hat and dress. She shared that she loved nature and preferred to look like “a freak.” She said that she can look ‘weird’ or ‘eccentric’ very easily.
She said she got most of her posing moves from plants; the panel was incredibly impressed with her posing skills when she continued to post like a cactus, willow tree and tumbleweed.
Rhianna was called 3rd during selection of the final 14 girls.
In episode 2, Rhianna performed well during the four-stories-high runway show for Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF). Unfortunately, she didn’t impress as well during the Teen Bully photo shoot. Photographer Deborah Anderson said that Rhianna was stuck in one position, causing her to struggle more than some of the other girls.
During review of her photo, Andre Leon Talley (ALT) said that he couldn’t understand it; it was ‘undefinable’ to him, which incidentally was her empowerment word for the shoot. Although he did say that she had great promise. DVF said that Rhianna was indeed ‘undefinable’, but she needs to lengthen her neck.
Rhianna was called 10th during elimination.
During episode 3, the girls received their makeovers. They also learned that it was also a double elimination episode. Rhianna received longer hair with waves, which she loved. She said it suited her personality because it was very “hippi-like.”
When panel reviewed her photo following the “Fallen Angels” photo shoot with Anne Menke, Nigel commented that her eyes looked fantastic; he appreciated that she wasn’t focused on the male model.
While deliberating, guest judge Patricia Field commented that her body and face was expressive and it was telling her a story.
Rhianna’s solid performance earned her a 5th call out during elimination.
In episode 4, the girls were taken to Knott’s Berry Farm for a posing challenge aboard a roller coaster called the Silver Bullet. Rhianna was tasked with portraying “a flash of model fear.” When her photo was reviewed, Nigel said that what he saw “was not the flash he was hoping for.”
During the “Undersea Goddess” photo shoot with Matthew Rolston, Rhianna got a chance to model jewelry from Mikimoto, Martin Katz and Neil Lane. While shooting, Mr. Jay said that she was very “Elizabethan looking.” He also said that she had “a period feel to her photo.” He also showed concern that she had been using the same facial expression week after week.
In panel, Nigel said that she looked “strangely uncomfortable.” He said that she “looked too relaxed; too sweet.” Matthew Rolston said that “she has a sleepy kind of you have have to be careful about when shooting.”
While deliberating, Matthew Rolston added that shooting her “was a struggle just to arrange her features in a way that worked for this classical beauty approach.” He didn’t know whether he’d book her again after the experience he had with her. Tyra added that she “loved looking at Rhianna in person, but wasn’t sure if she was versatile.”
After her weak performance, Rhianna landed in the bottom two with Liz. While in the bottom two, Tyra told Rhianna, “The judges see this flower child that might only be a flower child. The judges don’t know if they can see beyond that.”
Unfortunately, Liz was chosen to stay and compete another week. Rhianna was eliminated.
Before exiting, Tyra expressed to Rhianna:
What we’re looking for is a girl that we’re sure can be versatile; a girl that can transform into anything that Italian Vogue wants. So I want you to go home and practice other things and see if you can become a chameleon.
During Rhianna’s exit interview, she told cameras:
My experience on ANTM maybe over, but I’ve met such amazing people. I hope I made them happier in some way. I definitely have taken a lot of knowledge from the photo shoots. I’m just very grateful that it’s really just a beautiful thing.
To read Rhianna’s exit interview with Wet Paint, click here.
Since the show, Rhianna’s plans have been to go out and find an agency.
To view more photos of Rhianna, click here.