America's Next Top Model might be the vehicle for some women in their search for work in the fashion industry, but it wasn't the case for Sarah Vonderhaar. She didn't exactly win Cycle 8 of the hit reality competition, but she made a name for herself because of it. However, she chose to make the most of her fame by embarking on the path towards a music career. According to VerveLife Entertainment, the former America's Next Top Model contestant will be included in the closed beta trial of MTV Games' "Rock Band Network." Sarah Vonderhaar is going to be featured in a number of campaigns, just like several other female artists participating in the beta. Created by HARMONIX Music Systems and MTV Games, Rock Band Network enables musicians to author their own original recordings into gameplay files. It also allows them to sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the Rock Band Music Store. The open beta will be launched this August, and is running the closed version as of now. Sarah Vonderhaar was obviously thrilled at the news. The rocker of Cycle 8 exclaimed, "I am so excited that my music was selected to be included in the new Rock Band Network! Not only will it be awesome to see my family and fans play my songs, but it is also a great way for me to reach a completely new fan base." The Executive Producer of Rock Band Network/HARMONIX Music Jeff Marshall was glad as well. "I was excited to learn they had signed Sarah to the new division of the company and thought it was a perfect opportunity to work with her during the RBN closed beta," he said. "We will be exploring this new self publishing platform together and I have high hopes for the results." While known for her stint on America's Next Top Model, Sarah Vonderhaar has already released her debut album, titled Are You Listening Now. With her single "All Mine," Sarah is surely doing her best at getting her voice heard. Source & Video
We all thought it was over between Paulina Porizkova and America's Next Top Model , but it looks like one of them has a hard time letting things go. It's easy to guess who. The former judge of the reality series was invited by Modelinia and The Huffington Post to keep writing for them, and her first article was about how she was fired from the show on her birthday. Paulina Porizkova revealed (again) that she lost her job on America's Next Top Model through the phone. "I got a lot of harrumphing and vague "I-got-some-bad-news" mumbling," she explained. The model went on to write: "Two things hit me simultaneously: the heavy thud of realization that I am not wanted, not liked, not worth my salt, not loved--yes, I know this sounds a little over-the-top, but I have the tendency to run with the negatives--and the lightening of a burden lifted; I would no longer have to worry about missing my children's recitals, date nights with my husband, and all that family life has to offer." It does seem like she's milking the sap story for all its worth, but we're honestly out of sympathy for Paulina. She rambles on about her horrid experience on America's Next Top Model in anger, tiring us all. However, her blog entry is a pretty good read when you focus on the witty metaphors. "Generally, admitting to a weakness in a cutthroat setting is far braver than keeping a stiff upper lip, but unless you are Jimmy Stewart in a Hollywood movie, the consequences are the same as announcing you've twisted your ankle to a bunch of muggers." She goes on to say that getting the boot at forty is like a slap in the face, which makes you reevaluate your entire life. "In all honesty, getting fired from Top Model was nowhere near as tragic as I'd like to make out," Paulina wrote. "It's mostly a slight public humiliation, and one that I decided to perpetuate myself. It in no way compares to the thousands of people who have been laid off and are struggling to survive. Still, I wouldn't have minded to walk away with an extended middle finger and a victorious "I quit!"" Paulina also notes that she's available for hire. Source Here
The day is nearing for the debut of another new season of America's Next Top Model , and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about it. Other than hoping for another crazy theme thought up by Tyra, there's the special twist that many fans await. Cycle 13 is a tribute to the shorties, with contestants who are all 5'7" or under. Come September 9, enthusiasts of the show will flock to The CW for the two-hour premiere. "There have been top supermodels in the past that weren't as tall as the industry demands, like fashion icon Kate Moss," said series host Tyra Banks earlier this year. "So we are changing up Top Model for Cycle 13 and making it a year for the shorter model!" The upcoming season of the modeling competition will undergo a complete turnaround in its rules. For the past 12 years the show has aired, it has required contestants to be 5'7" or taller. Now, however, a radical change has been made, causing excitement in both fans and competitors. Currently, the network is still holding casting calls and auditions for the show. Their most recent stop was at Guam, where more than 15 ladies got busy with submitting photos and filling up registration forms. With the new height requirement, there's no doubt plenty of aspiring models will be adamant in achieving their dreams. In addition to the news of its premiere, America's Next Top Model will also serve as the lead-in for a new series, beginning on September 16. Following the episodes of the hit reality show is the debut of The Beautiful Life: TBL, a drama produced by Ashton Kutcher. It's a perfect tie-in, since both programs deal with the high-class and cutthroat world of the fashion industry. Fans of America's Next Top Model are sure to mark their calendars, as the series returns for its 13th Cycle on Wednesday, September 9 at 8pm on the CW. You can also catch the encore broadcast of that week's episode on Fridays at 9pm. Source Here
The shorties will reign this September once America's Next Top Model returns for its 13th Cycle. Supermodel and host Tyra Banks is as excited as the show's fans, as well as the contestants. The CW Source caught up with the celebrity and asked her about what the next season has to offer. Dubbed the "Shorty Edition," the upcoming installment of America's Next Top Model is hoping to break boundaries in the industry in terms of height. Even so, there's bound to be plenty of talented hopefuls that are gearing up to be the next big thing in the world of modeling. "We're shooting Top Model right now, Cycle 13," Tyra Banks said on the interview. She explained how every contestant is below 5'7", which poses more challenges for everyone involved. To Read More Click Here .
Winning America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 has not limited Whitney Thompson to the catwalk, because she's dominating the stage as well. She was recently seen participating at the "Broadway Bares 19.0" event last Sunday. Held at the Roseland Ballroom, the performance was in support of the fight against AIDS. We previously reported that Whitney had her own webpage for the charity, and that she is working to use her influence for the development of the fundraiser. She was geared up to encourage others to donate to the cause, joining "Strip-a-thon" and even making an appearance on the day itself. On an interview with Broadway.com's Susan Blackwell, Whitney Thompson talked about how thrilling it was to be part of it all. It may not be so much of a Tyra Banks boot camp, but it's theatre. The plus-sized model can be seen on the video below. "I'm in a really fun number and I've been working with such a great cast and choreographer," Whitney exclaimed. "Obviously I have this really fun costume I get to wear. I'm just excited to get out on the stage. I'm doing it for a good cause." Source & Video
Reality stars are crossing over to other shows, just like Kim Kardashian heading over to The CW 's America's Next Top Model . She has confirmed on her official website that she'll be appearing on the hit competition as a guest judge. While it's something her fans will be excited about, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The thirteenth installment of the show is getting ready to air this September, according to The CW Source. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star will be seen on one episode, but details about the challenge haven't been released. Kim Kardashian is certainly excited at her upcoming participation in the show, even saying that the new twist is something worth looking out for. "Wow, this cycle is pretty amazing! It's definitely my favorite so far," she exclaimed. The reality celebrity said that working on the set was an unforgettable experience. "It was such an honor to be a guest judge!" Kim Kardashian went on. "I have watched this show for years and am such a huge Tyra Banks fan! She is such a smart business woman and such a role model!" Even though the twelfth season has just wrapped up, the schedule of America's Next Top Model Cycle 13 has already been released. On Wednesday, September 9, the network will be airing the series' "Shorty Edition" will in a two-hour special at 7pm. With a new batch of aspiring models and even more surprises, it's no wonder Kim Kardashian is raving about it. America's Next Top Model's 13th Cycle has been famed for choosing contestants with a height 5' 7" and under, considered short in the modeling industry. The requirement was released when Tyra and the producers decided to give shorter girls a chance, and it looks like it's going to be quite a season. The drama has already begun at the casting calls, when a stampede took place. Who knows what could happen when you put these aspiring models alongside Kim Kardashian herself? Source Here
There's another season on the way, but it looks as though the America's Next Top Model Cycle 12 winner isn't ready to pass on the crown just yet. Teyona Anderson, who emerged victorious on the reality competition, recently talked about what it's like after her participation on the series. On an interview with IGN, the model discussed her experiences on camera, in addition to pointing out which was the most fun challenge for her. It wasn't her CoverGirl commercial, that's for sure. Asked about how being on a reality TV show felt, the America's Next Top Model 12 winner replied: "At first it was a little annoying being around all the cameras, but after awhile, once you get used to it, it's like they're not even there." To finally achieve her dream of taking home the title, Teyona had to undergo a number of obstacles - from every wild photo shoot to rocking the runway. However, what held the most excitement for her was neither. "I think the funnest challenge - I don't have a least favorite or favorite - but the funnest one was when we had the Samba dance. I'm not the greatest dancer, but it was a fun challenge, just learning how to dance and dancing with different partners." Before anyone knew it, Teyona Anderson made it as one of the top two finalists of the season, along with Allison Harvard. She wasn't even sure which of them would actually win, since it definitely was difficult to deduce. "Towards the end, especially when it got down to the two of us, I did not have a clue who was going to win, since we were so neck and neck," Teyona said. "At that point, you want it so bad. You want to win, but you really just don't know what's going to happen." Now that we all know who went home as America's Next Top Model, it's no longer a surprise that Teyona's sudden celebrity status is a huge transformation in her life. Laughing, the model said, "It's crazy, because people recognize me everywhere I go. I didn't think it was going to be like it was, but they're like, "Teyona!!" I'm like, "Oh my god..." Still, she's going to get used to it. These days, she's busy with looking for more work to establish herself in the industry. "As of right now," Teyona revealed, "I'm trying to get my portfolio strong enough, so I can get out there and meet designers and get ready for fashion week." Source Here
Proving that models don't just have the looks but the personality as well, Whitney Thompson continues her altruistic endeavors by encouraging fans to help out. The winner of America's Next Top Model , best known for being the first plus-sized contestant to emerge victorious on the show, has decided to appear in "Broadway Bares" to support the fight against AIDS. Whitney Thompson has already been voted by MSN as one of the most influential women of 2008, and it looks like she's hoping to make this year's list too. On the 21st of June, the America's Next Top Model celebrity will be joining the fundraiser "Strip-a-thon" with other stars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. On her donation page, it reads: "Your Donation to my Strip-A-Thon Page is allowing BC/EFA to provide support to The AIDS INITIATIVE; The Phyllis Newman WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE; The Al Hirschfeld FREE HEALTH CLINIC and much more at The Actors Fund - an employee assistance program for the entire entertainment industry." Through the organization, Whitney Thompson is also helping in giving grants to over 500 AIDS and family service associations all over the country. This includes "supporting food banks, health clinics and housing programs," and works with the charity God's Love We Deliver. The America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 winner is persuading everyone, those who may or may not have been directly affected by HIV or cancer, to send their donations to support the cause. In addition to raising money for research in the battle against the said diseases, the organization also helps the relatives of the victims. Some of these methods mentioned on the site are "[p]roviding rides to and from Doctor appointments, helping with medication needs, food and clothing for the families." Whitney Thompson has always displayed her drive to make a difference in the world, ever since she appeared on America's Next Top Model. She took on the job of spokesperson for Smile-Stylist and Right Fit, and now she's slowly achieving her role-model status. If you want to take part in the charity, visit Whitney's Broadway Cares page here. Source Here
Fashion model McKey Sullivan made headlines once again as she walked the runway on the recently concluded Trinidad and Tobago second Fashion Week. The winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 11, she grabbed the attention of audiences as she walked for Heather Jones. The 20-year-old statuesque beauty was interviewed by the Caribbean Fashion Style Journal and she was smiling all throughout the chat. McKey was asked about what she thought of the place, and she expressed her excitement over Trinidad. "This is my first time," McKey Sullivan revealed. "Before I came though, I did a lot of research and reading up on Trinidad - the culture, the history, the people - and so I was really excited to come! Trinidad is wonderful. The ethnic and religious diversity is amazing - so many different people and the girls are pretty!" As for the Fashion Week in the area, the America's Next Top Model standout also praised the event. "It's been great!" Sullivan exclaimed. "It's so much more relaxed and less structured than shows I've been to, which allows the models to improvise. This adds spice!" She also went on to give her opinion on the clothes. "The colours and the fabrics used by the designers: you KNOW that this is not a European designer, or a US designer - this is a Caribbean designer! You feel that. And you can see all the influences, I love that." To Read More Click Here .
While it was Teyona Anderson who took home the win for America's Next Top Model 's 12th Cycle, the recent season managed to come up with a number of memorable personalities. With thirteen contestants at the time, there's no doubt that each of the girls stood out in their own way. This caused many to take notice of them, which is why it looks like the models won't find themselves out of a job anytime soon. Below, you can read about what's been going on lately for the Cycle 12 girls of America's Next Top Model - from Teyona to runner-up Allison Harvard, as well as the sweet and freckled Fo Porter and the outspoken London. Having won management and representation from Elite Model Management and all those other deals, one prize of Teyona's that many anticipated was the Seventeen magazine appearance. She appeared on the cover as the latest winner of America's Next Top Model, in addition to a six-page fashion spread for the publication. To See More Click here .