Jaslene Gonzalez (born May 29, 1986) is a Puerto Rican fashion model, and the winner of Cycle 8.
Early Life Jaslene Gonzalez 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 America's Next Top Model.
Gonzalez had done some modeling prior to America's Next 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 Magazine interview that she had been in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend; the relationship ended shortly before the filming of Cycle 7.
Jaslene tried out for Cycle 7, but only made it to the semifinals. Assuring the judges that she would be back for the next cycle's audition, making her one of 5 constestants to have made it on the semi-finals twice, with Nargis, Mary, Marvita Washington and Tiffany Richardson. Jaslene's determination caught the eye of Tyra Banks who thought she had potential. Jaslene started off at the top of the pack, getting her photo called first twice in a row. Jaslene became only the second contestant (Joanie Dodds, runner-up of Cycle 6 being the first and Cycle 10 runner-up Anya Kop the third) to never place in the bottom two. However, unlike Joanie and Anya who finished as runner-up, Jaslene won the competition. Overall, she has had 4 first call-outs, 4 CoverGirl of the Week titles and 1 challenge win.
At 5'8", she is the second-shortest winner, only behind Cycle 3's Eva Marcille, who stood an inch and a half shorter. She is the second winner from Illinois; the first was Adrianne Curry. Jaslene is the first Puerto Rican winner, and the third winner with Latina heritage, after Cycle 2's Yoanna House, and Cycle 4's Naima Mora.
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 Magazine. In addition, during the run of Cycle 9, Jaslene appeared once a week in a "My Life As A CoverGirl" segment that airs during commercial breaks while the week's episode of Top Model runs.
She has modeled for the New York Post (Tempo), US Weekly, and In Touch Weekly magazines and made appearances on talk shows Live With Regis and Kelly, 106 & Park, TRL, The View, modeling a dress designed by Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Jensen! (Dutch Talkshow).
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.
Gonzalez 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 Colures (U.K fashion Magazine) and was featured on Trace Magazine: Model Behaviour as Falls new faces. Gonzalez also walked for Ashley Paige in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Miami Swim 08 and was on the catwalk for the Armani Exchange] line. In addition she received a showcard from elite (a huge deal for any model even more impressive especially for an ANTM contestant) and walked at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week] Spring/Summer 2008.
Gonzalez was a nominee for the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, under the category "Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star," but did not win the award. She has also been featured on COACD, fashionista.com and WWD (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 Magazine, 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 has a Billboard in Times Square, a feat only 4 contestants have accomplished: herself, Katarzyna Dolinska, Eugena Washington and Whitney Thompson.
Also, she currently shares a second Billboard in Times Square, New York with Katarzyna Dolinska. Gonzalez has a two page fashion spread in the new issue of Seventeen Magazine. Gonzalez walked at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008-09 for Armani Exchange and Project Runway finalist Jillian Lewis. She has modeled for the Amaya swimwear line at the BET 'Rip the Runway' fashion show.
Jaslene filmed her first official CoverGirl commercial, which is now airing 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 Magazine. She also shot an ad campaign for online retailer ShopBop and has an 8-page fashion spread for Chicago Scene Magazine. In addition, Jaslene has renewed her contract with CoverGirl, like CariDee English and Dani Evans. She is also featured on the pages of Living Proof Magazine and American Salon Magazine.