The second stop on the IT Girl train was none other than one of the sunniest spots in America: Los Angeles. Check out some of the highlights from the competition.
The judges gather for a group photo before the start of the L.A. leg of the competition. They are (from left to right): Emil Wilbekin, from essence.com; actress Malinda Williams; Micki Schneider and Marcos Olazabel, both from Elite Model Management.
Actress (and ESSENCE.COM blogger) Malinda Williams accentuates her fitted beige skirt with a cropped leather jacket and black open toe heels.
Two can play that game! ESSENCE.COM’s Emil Wilbekin strikes a pose with Malinda Williams while taking a break during the L.A. competition.
Contestants patiently awaited their turn to go before the judges in the waiting room.
One of the contestants shows off her endless gams while catching up on the latest issue of ESSENCE magazine in the waiting room.
Contestants were asked to fill out applications of basic information upon showing up to the venue for the competition.
One of the contestants has her height taken after going before the panel of judges.
One contestant sets herself apart from the rest of the pack by accenting her textured tresses with a pretty white flower.
One girl showcases her natural beauty (love the ‘fro!) along with her on-trend fashion sense. (It’s all about a pastel nail and lace top.)
The ESSENCE IT Girl signage hangs in the background of the waiting room.
A book showcasing top model work from Elite Model Management lies open at one of the tables during the competition.
A contestant showcases elegance and style while telling the camera crew why she should be chosen as the next ESSENCE IT Girl.
The best way to show off a great pair of legs? Why, short shorts and a fabulous pair or pumps, of course!
The judges couldn’t stop raving about this contestant who chose to brighten things up with a super cute strapless floral frock.
The judges were impressed with contestants at the L.A. competition and took a moment to discuss some of their favorite picks between takes.
One of the contestants opted to forego the sky high pumps in lieu of a more laid back style consisting of brightly colored flat sandals.
A contestant shows off her killer bod and runway walk in front of the judges.
One beauty checks out the fashion spreads in a recent copy of ESSENCE magazine while awaiting her chance to go before the judges.
Malinda Williams is all smiles while jumping into her chauffeured car leaving the competition.