Super-Hair World Cup II
Edge to Angie, and America!
In real life, a clash of supermodels is bound to get plenty of attention (see Naomi Campbell). In the world of Super-Hair, it can force voters to make a very difficult choice. The finals of Super-Hair World Cup II turned into that sort of choice, with two beautiful heads of hair refusing to budge under intense high-stakes pressure. After days of standoff and two days of extra time, Angie Everhart wins the cup for the United States!
Everhart was locked in a final-round struggle with Australian veteran Elle MacPherson. The lead went back and forth, then was tied for four solid days! But Everhart found the extra push in extra time for a hard-fought, well-earned 53-percent victory. Defending champion Canada had to settle for the Consolation Final title, as Avril Lavigne smashed South Africa's Amanda Coetzer by a two-thirds margin.
A field of 16 nations entered our World Cup tournament, and a drawing to put them in four groups was held 17 April 06. After a week of qualifying to settle three representatives, six weeks of group play and two rounds of playoffs, here's how things turned out:
UNITED STATES: ANGIE EVERHART.
This model and 2005 Crown Award winner overwhelmed Hair Fans' Hall of Fame member Cindy Crawford in national qualfying, then topped great styles both short and long. Her staying power was severely tested in the finals, but she found a way to prevail.
U.S. 12 points, India (Aishwarya Rai) 10, Wales (Catherine Zeta-Jones) 5, France (Mireille Mathieu) 0.
AUSTRALIA: ELLE MacPHERSON.
The supermodel and clothing designer won her group in the 2005 AAA Cup, her zone in World Cup qualifying, and a group which included a classic high-voting shootout against fellow supermodel Gisele Bundchen (when filters seemingly weren't working). She conquered defending champion Canada in the semifinals, but another model finally did her in.
Australia 10 points, Albania (Denisa Kola) 7, Brazil (Bundchen) 5, Puerto Rico (Isis Casalduc) 0.
CANADA: AVRIL LAVIGNE.
The recently made-over rock singer rolled through group play with a perfect score, after defeating Terri Clark in national qualifying. But like World Cup I, the top scorer in the groups lost in a semifinal surprise.
Canada 15 points, Japan (Koyuki) 6, Uruguay (Fiorella Fleitas) 5, England (Kate Beckinsale) 0.
SOUTH AFRICA: AMANDA COETZER.
The retired tennis player won our 2005 AAA Cup, and won this group on the last vote of a Match 5 showdown with Russia's Anna Kournikova -- but then she disappointed badly in the semifinals.
South Africa 11 points, Russia 8, Mexico (Salma Hayek) 5, Ireland (Mary Duff) 0.
For a match schedule, scores and standings, click here.
OVERALL NATIONAL SUPER-HAIR RANKINGS, AFTER WORLD CUP II:
1. United States 2. Australia 3. Canada 4. South Africa 5. Russia
6. India 7. Japan 8. Albania 9. Brazil 10. Uruguay
11. Mexico 12. Wales 13. England 14. Puerto Rico 15. France
World Cup I (2002)
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PHOTO CREDITS: Everhart courtesy Extra; Lavigne courtesy Wireimage; MacPherson courtesy Starpulse.
Some flags courtesy ITA's Flags of All Countries; used with permission
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