The actual competition was short and sweet: The girls took a quick trot down an impromptu runway, posed with water bottles, and answered some questions from the emcee. How would you describe your personal style, he asked 25-year-old Damaris deJesus. “I’ll give you four words,” she replied. “Crazy, sexy, and cool.” The winner was 21-year-old Rasheena Thomas, a Hofstra student and special-ed aide. She gets the trip to L.A. and also spa treatments and dinner at Ono, Jeffrey Chodorow’s Gansevoort Hotel extravaganza. Thomas’s family was thrilled with her victory. Her dad jumped up when her name was called. “We’re going to Uno’s,” he yelled. “We’re going to Uno’s!” —Jocelyn Guest
I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again. I’m not sure for what, and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap. But once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.