We figured that it would be nearly impossible to top the headline-worthy contestants on the last cycle of America's Next Top Model . Good thing then that, at least on paper, it appears as though Tyra Banks didn't even try. The CW has unveiled the newest group of catwalking wannabes set to compete on the 12th edition of the reality hit. And while there's nary a transgender in sight among the 13 contestants, there are plenty of students, full-time aspiring models and, possibly to dispel the notion of superficiality within modeling's ranks, a nonprofit organizer. As always, Banks returns to helm the modeling boot camp and is once again joined at the judges' panel by former supermodel Paulina Porizkova, "noted" photographer Nigel Barker and runway force of nature "Miss J," J. Alexander. Alexander and photo shoot overlord Jay Manuel are also back to mentor the contestants. The women will be battling it out for the grand prize, which this year consists of representation by Elite Model Management, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl, and a cover and six-page spread in Seventeen magazine. The new season kicks off Feb. 25. Here's the complete list of contestants: * Allison, 20, artist; New Orleans * Aminat, 21, student; Union, N.J. * Celia, 25, designer fashion sales; Cynthiana, Ky. * Fo, 19, student; Albuquerque, N.M. * Isabella, 19, aspiring model; Barboursville, Va. * Jessica, 18, student; Bradenton, Fla. * Kortnie, 24, nonprofit organizer; Houston * London, 18, student; Arlington, Texas * Natalie, 19, student; Palos Verdes, Calif. * Nijah, 18, aspiring model; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. * Sandra, 19, student; Rockville, Md. * Tahlia, 18, student; Phoenix * Teyona, 20, loss prevention representative; Woodstown, N.J. Source here
Jezebel ran a piece about what some of our favorite ANTM contestants are up to these days. Check it out: America's Next Top Model: Where Are They Now?
Ladies get ready:) You have seen that this show has a broad range of hot guys. The hot guys of OTH, ohhh yah. One Tree Hill. We have the most handsome guys ranging from Lucas to Skills. Whoever casted these guys should be given a great thanks. I have a question. Who is hotter in your eyes Lucas or Nathan? We have seen Lucas sensitive bookworm side, but we have also seen his tough man side. Whenever he wants to protect something of his he does it. We have seen Nathanâs reckless side at the beginning of the show, but we have also seen his sweet protective side with his family and with son James. Will you fall for the pro basketball man or the creative writer? You tell me:) TAKE POLL :)
SEE VOGUE PICS! Blake is in the new edition of Vogue! Check out the hot pics here and also an interview. SEE VOGUE PICS!
Our hot boy Ed has signed with K-Swiss. Check out the hot pics! Our devil looks good in white but does anyone else have a desire to run in there with ketchup and get him good and dirty? ;) SEE PHOTOS OF HOT ED
Daytime talker "Tyra Banks Show" is moving to The CW 's afternoon block in September, after airing in syndication for four seasons. Economics played a role in its move out of syndication as stations are forced to make budget cuts amid the economic downturn. To cut costs, "Tyra's" production schedule will be cut to 26 weeks from 34, with an episode from the first four seasons airing at 3 p.m. and a new installment airing at 4 p.m. "Tyra" repeats also will continue to air in late-night on women's cable channel Oxygen. Meanwhile, The CW is close to renewing Banks' " America's Next Top Model " for a 13th cycle. "Tyra Banks" this season is averaging a 1.0 household rating, off 9% from the same period a year ago, which puts it in a different league from higher-rated talkers including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dr. Phil" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which is the only talker up year-over-year. But it's also averaging a 1.0 among women 18-34 -- The CW 's target -- up 25% from a year ago and fourth among all talkers. read from the source
The final runway was more of an obstacle course than a catwalk, but leggy McKey tackled it with style to become America's Next Top Model. TVGuide.com caught up with the Cycle 11 winner to find out everything from how she's learned to embrace her "weirdo" ways, what she thinks Tyra is really like and where she came up with the pseudo name McKey. read the interview from: TvGuide
Spoilers Included The finale of Cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model aired last evening and an 11th Top Model was chosen. And...if you've ever watched The Colbert Report ..."I CALLED IT!" (Imagine a flood of balloons released above my desk) That's right, the girl who I predicted would take home the title after the airing of the very first episode of the season - McKey Sullivan - was crowned a winner. Let's hope McKey likes that name...because don't forget that her name is actually Brittany; she was forced to change it the first episode due to the fact that there were 3 Brittanys who made the Top group. All in all, the biggest surprise of this episode for me was not McKey's win, but Analeigh's failure to make the final 2. Even oddsmaking websites (that's right - there are sick people that bet on ANTM outcomes; actually...who I am kidding, I wish I had staked some money on McKey) had pegged Analeigh as this season's winner, so her not making the final 2 was definitely a surprise. Over the course of the cycle, Sam received a whole lot more criticism than Analeigh - mainly for not looking like a model in plain clothes - which I thought for sure would have done Samantha in. When watching the final fashion show, I honestly wasn't blown away by either girl's performance, though McKey was admittedly better. Honestly, I was just holding my breath that none of the girls would face plant the ground when running up that ridiculous hill-runway on 4 inch heels. By the time we got to the photographs in judging, there was just no contest. The judges only showed a few photographs - conveniently leaving out all of the ones that had landed Sam in the bottom 2. McKey barely took a bad picture the entire cycle. So...are we all satisfied with the winner? Was Analeigh robbed a slot in the finale? Will they ever do an ANTM cycle with men? Will Tyra's hair ever look normal? Will Tyra ever retire? Share your thoughts about the cycle in comments. Image Source
Tyra to Transform Transgender 'Top Model' Banks Sets Up Transgender Contestant's Sex Reassignment Surgery By SHEILA MARIKAR Nov. 18, 2008 After making her a reality TV star, Trya Banks is making her a woman -- a real woman. Banks announced Monday she found a doctor to pay for Isis King, the first transgender contestant on "America's Next Top Model," to undergo sex reassignment surgery. King, 22, was born male and went from a homeless shelter to cycle 11 of Banks' reality competition show after producers discovered her at a photo shoot. Now she's eager to be known for more than her gender. "I look at it like, 'Yes, I'm the first transgender contestant, but OK, lets move past it now," King tells Banks in today's episode of "The Tyra Banks Show." "I try not to think about [being transgendered] because ... I feel like I really was born in the wrong body, and it's just the one thing that makes me feel uncomfortable." Banks later surprises King with Dr. Marci Bowers, the gender reassignment surgeon who will evaluate and operate on King, to the tune of $20,000 to $35,000. Banks' decision to debut King as her show's first transgender contestant was a bold move for a network reality series. King was eliminated almost midway through the current season, in part because she was uncomfortable posing in a swimsuit. read more here
Tyra Banks is spinning off herself...except that she'll only be producing. Operation Fabulous will star the two Jays - Jay Manuel and J Alexander - as they travel across the country and attempt to make the five least fashionable females in each town they visit into little fashionistas (something tells me that the unfashionable will deep down still be attractive young ladies...). So...does this sound like a hit to you all? To me, it sounds too much like more of the same...basically, it's every show that airs on TLC (What Not to Wear) and one of a few shows that air on Bravo (ahem...Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, anyone). And...this is Tyra's second spinoff announcement of the week! She is also launching Modelville , which within her talk-show will track the paths of former ANTM losers. Ummm, do we care about them either? Update: Jay and J have spoken and want to clear up that "it's not a spinoff" (and is currently only a pilot-order)! Furthermore, to spice things up, each of the made-over ladies will then compete against one another. Because what show can be fabulous without winners and losers? This is slowly sounding more awesome...and, fear not...the Jays are not leaving ANTM. Source: E!Online