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
The girls have been cut down to the remaining eight and on October 8 episode, they have to impress Tyra Banks and the other judges with their best snafu pose. Read more.
Get the sneak peek into the October 1 episode of the aspiring model competition where Lauren Brie does her photo shoot with Jay Manuel coaching her on what to do. Read more.
Isis, the first transgendered model in the history of America's Next Top Model, was sent home this week - and Tyra Banks made it clear that her being transgendered had nothing to do with it. Read more
Cheers to America's Next Top Model for looking good again. Tyra Banks' reality staple had seemingly reached the end of its creative runway, but the 11th cycle has proven surprisingly fierce. Casting the transgendered Isis could've been a stunt, but she's an intriguing competitor, and the impressively diverse field ranges from a wide-eyed but small-minded Alaskan (Hannah) to a tattooed, sexually ambiguous Angelina Jolie lookalike (Elina). With Project Runway stuck in a season-long malaise -- hello, Suede? -- it's good to see Tyra and Co. are back in fashion. For more from the source, click here .
The highly-anticipated make over episode for the 11th cycle is previewed, taking sample from one of the contestants. Read more.
If you're excited for The CW 's new partner-series to America's Next Top Model , Stylista , then you'll be thrilled to know that the network has moved up the premiere date by a week. Stylista will now premiere October 22nd. It was originally slated to premiere on the 29th. Until the 22nd, The CW will be airing 90210 repeats in the timeslot. Source: Variety
GLAAD is over the moon with Tyra Banks for her recent inclusion of a transgender wannabe model on her America's Next Top Model contestant roster. Twenty-two-year-old Isis will be taking part in Cycle 11 and explains that she was "born in the wrong body." Also amongst this cycle's contenders is a young lady with a handicap. Her disability? "Memory loss... or something like that." To view the source and the video, visit TV Guide .
Check out the Pictures of Season 11 Contestants ! It's this time again, when we once more take a look at 14 new hopefuls trying to become America's Next Top Model . But this year there is a twist since one of the contestants is transgender. Her name is Isis, and I would have never guessed it if I didn't know. Good for her...him....uh, I don't know anymore.