Jaslene Gonzalez (born May 29, 1986) is a Puerto Rican fashion model. She was the winner of cycle 8 of ANTM in 2007.
Jaslene was born in Puerto Rico. She grew up in Humboldt Park, Chicago, and graduated from Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago. She was an online college admissions advisor prior to the show.
Gonzalez had done some modeling prior to Top Model, having been represented by Avant Garde Models. In her CW "Close-up" interview, it was revealed that she appeared in fashion shows for local Chicago designers, including Michelle Gomez and Alexis Arquette, as seen in local Chicago newspapers Extra and La Nota.
Gonzalez said in her Seventeen interview that she had been in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend; the relationship ended shortly before the filming of cycle 7.
Jaslene originally tried out for cycle 7, but only made it to the top twenty. In her final moments, she assured Tyra that she would be back for the next cycle's audition.
There is a rumor she did not advance to the final cast because she did not pass the psych test, due to the toxic relationship with her ex-boyfriend.
Jaslene's determination coming back caught Tyra's eye who thought she had potential. She started off at the top of the pack, getting the first call-out for the first two weeks. She received two more first call-outs, four CoverGirl of the Week titles and one challenge win. She also faced criticism from the judges for looking like a drag queen at times, as well as relying too much on her fiery latina shtick. Despite this, she was declared the winner over Natasha.
As part of her prize, Gonzalez won representation by Elite Model Management, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics and a photo shoot for the cover of and a six page spread in Seventeen. In addition, during the run of cycle 9, Jaslene appeared once a week in a "My Life As A CoverGirl" segment that aired during commercial breaks while the week's episode of Top Model runs. Her other agencies include MP Factor Chicago, Faces Malaysia, Red Model Management New York, Paragon Model Management Mexico, Industry Models and Exodus Model Management.
She has modeled for the New York Post (Tempo), US Weekly, and In Touch Weekly and made appearances on talk shows "Live With Regis and Kelly", "106 & Park", "TRL", "The View", where she modeled a dress designed by Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and the Dutch talkshow "Jensen!". She was "La Madrina" of the Annual National New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade held June 16, 2007, appearing in a yellow convertible that paraded alongside the car carrying Daddy Yankee.
Jaslene hosted several style spots for CoverGirl TV, including segments titled "Summer Goddess", "Day To Night" and "Jaslene's Glamorous Nights" and has modeled for Ximena Valero as well as being honored at the 1st Annual Chicago Latino Fashion Week. She had a 5-page spread in the issue of Vibe Vixen magazine, Named One Of Latina Magazine's Latinas Of the Year, was on a 6-page spread for UK fashion magazine Colures, and was featured on Trace Magazine: Model Behaviour as Falls new faces.
Jaslene walked for Ashley Paige in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Miami Swim 2008 and was on the catwalk for the Armani Exchange line. In addition she received a showcard from Elite and walked at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2008. She has modeled for the Amaya swimwear line at the BET 'Rip the Runway' fashion show. She was a model for Project Runway season six finalist Jillian Lewis.
She was a nominee for the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, under the category "Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star," but did not win. She has also been featured on COACD, fashionista.com and Women's Wear Daily.
Jaslene partnered up with Liz Claiborne and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, to spread awareness about teen dating violence, for the Love Is Not Abuse campaign. Jaslene is also represented by publicist Lizzie Grubman of LIZZIE GRUBMAN PUBLIC RELATIONS.
She has been on numerous covers of magazines such as, Latina, Hombre, 6 Degrees, FN, ZooZoom, Seventeen, Urban Latino, Bleu, Vanidades, Chicago Scene and Time Out. She is featured on the cover of Metrostyle Catalog. She has also appeared in an ad campaign for Lot29 F/W 07-08 and had a Billboard in Times Square. She shared a second Billboard in Times Square with Katarzyna Dolinska.
Jaslene filmed her first official CoverGirl commercial, which aired in Europe, Latin America and on Spanish-language channels. She shot a cameo in the John Leguizamo film Humboldt Park and has a 9-page fashion spread for ZooZoom. She also shot an ad campaign for online retailer ShopBop and has an 8-page fashion spread for Chicago Scene. In addition, Jaslene renewed her contract with CoverGirl. She is also featured on the pages of Living Proof and American Salon. She had a cover and editorial in Vogue India and was in a 2012 issue of Nylon Mexico.
- Jaslene is the fourth contestant to have made it on the semifinals twice. She is after Nargis Fakhri from cycles 2 and 3, Mary Nnenna and Tiffany Richardson.
- Jaslene is the second finalist to never place in the bottom two. The first is Joanie Dodds from cycle 6. She is however the first girl to achieve this and win the cycle.
- She is the first winner to be 5'8".
- She is the second winner from Illinois. The first was Adrianne Curry.
- She is the first Puerto Rican winner, and the third winner with Latina heritage, after Yoanna House, and Naima Mora.
- She is the third winner to have her CoverGirl contract renewed, after Dani Evans and Caridee English.
|Cycle 8 Contestants|
Brittany Hatch • Cassandra Watson • Diana Zalewski • Dionne Walters • Felicia Provost • Jael Strauss • Jaslene Gonzalez • Kathleen DuJour • Natasha Galkina • Renee DeWitt • Samantha Francis • Sarah VonderHaar • Whitney Cunningham