We think Jaclyn's got a fighting chance at winning America's Next Top Model Cycle 16. Her endearing "Yes, ma'am!" attitude seemed at first a sign of naivete, but with each passing week it becomes more clear that this is a girl who knows what she wants.
The comment we keep hearing about Jaclyn at panel is that her sweet personality doesn't match the intensity of her photos. No one expects her to turn it out, and then she wrangles a baby jaguar during one shoot and applies lipstick with obsessive zeal in the next. She bemoaned her baby face in earlier episodes, but this week Nigel compared her to the Joker. Is the Joker not the very last person you would compare Jaclyn to in real life? She's bringing the element of surprise, and if she plays her cards right, no one will see her coming.
What's also working in her favor is that her sweetness doesn't seem at all phony. You can tell she's genuinely nice and thoughtful, and that when she says, "They're fighting like dogs and cats!" she's truly concerned. And how often does Tyra stress the importance of being someone that people want to work with?
And let's be real. If Jaclyn wins, it will also be the most sincere "Thank you!" in all of Top Model history.