While we first thought this story might be a tall tale, it seems to be true. For Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model , the producer's have added a twist: short models. While previous seasons have required ANTM hopefuls to stand over 5'7 , Cycle 13 will require all contestants to be 5'7 or shorter. According to Jeff Tobler, a publicist for The CW , "for this current cycle, they (contestants) must be 5 7 and under. Anyone over 5 7 would not be considered to be a contestant on this cycle." You did not hallucinate that last sentence. Despite the fact that the average working runway model is well over 5'8'', ANTM has decided to bring on the shorties. Seeing that ANTM has already had a difficult time getting it's competitors to transition from reality TV to the real runway, it would seem that the show has simply given up on crowning bookable high fashion models. We have to admit, this decision has left us scratching our head in confusion. The previous 11 Cycle's of ANTM have consistently talked down to catalog models and girls who look "too commercial." In the modeling world, catalog and "too commercial" are often interchangeable with "too short for the runway." So have Tyra and Co. decided to focus on finding America's Next Great Catalog Model, rather than America's Next Top Model? Furthermore, aren't there more important body and size related issues in fashion than height? It would make much more sense for Tyra and Co. to host a Cycle filled with Plus Sized contestants, for whom there is plenty of work both in catalogs and on the runway, rather than a season filled with short models. If Tyra really does want to change the face and figure of fashion, as she has claimed for the past 11 Cycle's on ANTM, she is certainly going about it in a strange way. While the world has long called for more realistic standards in the modeling industry, we don't think they were talking about height Tyra. Source here
It's time to get to know a little more about your Cycle 12 contestants from America's Next Top Model . In preparation for the premiere of Cycle 12, The CW has just posted individual pre-show interviews with each of the 13 finalists. Each interview gives you about two minutes with the finalists, in which they discuss important topics like how long they've wanted to be models, Top Model make-overs, their favorite food and films, and what gives them an edge over their competition. While there are no major revelations in the introductory interviews, they do give you a better sense of the contestants. For example, I learned that Fo wants to be the Obama of ANTM and bring hope to the modeling world and that Isabella should not be trusted with liquid eye-liner. After watching the interviews I also have a better idea of the strong personalities of Cycle 12. While there are no Jade's this cycle (she of self-aggrandizing third-person-speak) it seems like Jessica and Natalie are the Cycle bitches: both are far too confident about their looks and their likelihood of success on ANTM. To read my musings on each of the finalists interviews, follow the jump. To Read More Click Here .
The CW has pushed the premiere of the new cycle of America's Next Top Model one week later, to March 4th. However, the bonus is that on the 4th a double, 2-hour premiere episode will now be airing beginning at 8PM/ Also debuting the same evening is the second season of Bravo 's Make Me a Supermodel , so that's 3 straight hours of reality-model-TV for us junkies! Source: zap2it
" America's Next Top Model " has invited Clay Aiken to be one of the guest judges in a future episode. Entertainment Weekly reported that the " American Idol " season 2 runner up will be involved in an acting challenge for the contestants. Aiken for one thing, has submerged himself in the theater world last year. He played Sir Robin in Monty Python's "Spamalot" that opened at Shubert Theater in Spring 2008 and reprised the role in fall that year before winding it down last month. The twelfth season of "America's Next Top Model" will premiere on Wednesday, February 25. Clay Aiken's episode will air in April and R'n'B singer Ciara will also be seen paying a visit to a photo shoot. Source here
The producers of America's Next Top Model have a surprise in store for the show's die-hard fans. Coming to bookstores this April is a book based on the Tyra Banks reality show, labeled as a fierce guide to life, which is not just for aspiring models. Many who enjoy the glamour that comes with the runway will truly be thrilled with the book, which promises to teach readers how to live fiercely. Of course, it looks like this involves the proper know-how in the modeling business. Such tips include applying makeup and even a lesson in runway etiquette.'' The contents of the book also cover basics in the business, like how to keep yourself hyrdrated and how to fit clothes to your body (apparently, there's a better way of doing that). Despite all the tricks the pages contain, it teaches readers one thing we've all heard from America's Next Top Model: beauty starts on the inside. They can tell us that over and over but what we're still just seeing is how these women appear on the outside. Even so, the chapter on inner beauty might just help the legions of readers suffering from self-image issues. It claims that the book will guide audiences recognize the destructive power of your own negative judgments about yourself, as well as help you ignore the outside damaging opinions of others that may wear on your inner beauty. Anyway, there's another fierce tip they've got in the book: how to look your best while wearing a crop top from Hot Topic. It may not sound like much, but there are still people who think this matters a lot. Contestants of America's Next Top Model Cycle 12 probably wish they had a chance to peek at the pages of this tome before they auditioned for the show. Below are a few pictures from the book, and there's no doubt that fans will be ecstatic as this fierce guide is swamped with images like these. Source here
Have you too been missing Tyra Banks's weekly dose of crazy on America's Next Top Model ? Well, the wait is coming to an end as the next Cycle (Cycle 12) now has a premiere date: February 25th. Curious about the new contestants? Here they are: 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. Also, curious about what some of the previous cycles' particpants are up to? Check out Where are they Now? Source: E!Online
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 :)
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