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 .
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For those who are following the story of " America's Next Top Model " firing judge Paulina Porizkova, the case seemed to be decided based on personal matters. However, in a just released statement, producer Ken Mok and the show's host Tyra Banks said that it was the limited budget that drove them to the dismissal. "The current state of the economy has forced shows to make major budget cuts industry wide," Mok said on Monday, May 18 in a joint statement with Tyra. "America's Next Top Model is not immune to these financially challenging times. We've had to make significant cuts in every area of the production and, unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts." The statement goes on further, "Tyra, who pursued Paulina to join the show as a judge multiple times, was incredibly saddened by the decision the show was forced to make. We really enjoyed working with Paulina, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors." Porizkova made it clear last week that she was fired from the show on her birthday back in April. She was not given clear reason but had a theory that it was her big ego that cost her the job. "So I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn't aware of until I was told by the producers that I have an ego problem," she said on "The Billy Bush Show". Few days later she released another statement saying that she has a problem with Tyra being late six hours while her own time is considered not important. However, in a more recent statement, the supermodel wanted to make it clear that she holds no grudge against Tyra and Co. "I don't think they meant anything ill [by firing] on my birthday," she revealed. "They just didn't check. They're not bad people by any means. None of them. Not Tyra. Not the producers. And I actually had a really good time with Nigel and Ms. Jay and Mr. Jay. It was great. It was a really fun job." Source here
Today I had the pleasure of talking with Teyona Anderson, the winner of Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model . Teyona won America's Next Top Model with one of the most dominant performances in the history of the show. The finale was the first time she was in the bottom two. And only one of Teyona's photos before had found her below the top three in call-out order. From day one the judges were enamored with Teyona's unique alien beauty and even created a new adjective to describe her face, "wind blown." Teyona and I talked about her favorite ANTM moment that we didn't see on TV, the surprising judge she felt the most support from, how while the rest of us knew she was winning, she wasn't so sure and what about being America's Next Top Model is most exciting. To Read More Click Here .
Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with Allison Harvard, the runner up of Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model . Allison was an unlikely contestant and fan favorite for America's Next Top Model with her unique fashion-forward look and quirky personality. Allison endeared herself to fans by being unafraid to show what a "square" she was and for her geeky uncontrolled outbursts, like telling Tyra she was "so pretty" or that she was jealous of her nose bleeds. After struggling with Allison's 'one look,' the judges came to appreciate Allison's edgy editorial features and she won the three of the final four photo challenges. Allison and I chatted about her surreal time on America's Next Top Model, her dream modeling job, her unique aesthetic, and getting rid of her big blonde mane. To Read More Click here .
Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with Aminat Ayinde the third runner up of Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model . Throughout the Cycle Aminat wowed the judges with her enviable body, which Tyra described to her rival supermodel Naomi Campbell's, her signature strut, and her true top model potential. Fans loved and loved to hate Aminat for the drama she brought to the house, her brutal honesty, and her now infamous "S-T-U-P-I-D" insult. During her interview Aminat showed plenty of the personality that made her such a divisive character all cycle, but I found her to be full of charm and spunk. Aminat and I chatted about about the ironic way she came to be on America's Next Top Model, what it felt like to be told her body compared to a supermodel, and how she hopes to walk on every single major runway in the future. To Read More Click here .
From 13 contestants Tyra Banks and co. have wilted it down to three and finally one. Teyona Anderson, a 20-year-old loss prevention rep from Woodstown, NJ. is the crowned " America's Next Top Model " cycle 12. Teyona had to battle it out with Allison and Aminat in the semi final, doing a commercial ad for CoverGirl lipstick. Teyona in particular was not smooth in delivering her lines and she tend to forget them. But the judges thought that Teyona has more fabulous photos compared to Aminat, and admitted her to the final two along with Allison. Then Teyona and Allison shot the cover for Seventeen magazine before then walking on the Rosa Cha fashion show bizarre runway. Jay Manuel told them to use the Samba movement, fierce walk and crawling during the show. In the final outing, the girls were covered in black oil and they had to go down on hands and knees to show off the bikinis. At the panel, judges thought that Allison was better on the walk because Teyona was robotic. Then the judges went through the entire portfolio of the two before finally deciding that Teyona has more approachable personality and has better photo shoots. Source Here
* The New Adventures of Old Christine (8:30 pm/ET CBS) Christine is desperate to prove that she's fine with Richard getting married on this laugh-a-minute episode, so she brings a sexy guy to his rehearsal dinner. Unfortunately, her hot date (a comically crude Lee Tergesen) turns out to be a first-class "jackass." Not that Christine will admit it. The series is on the bubble for renewal, but ABC has reportedly offered to pick it up if CBS passes. That's great news for Christine fans and comedy lovers everywhere. * American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) This will separate the men from the boys. The all-male Top 3 ripped through two songs each last night - one a judges' choice and the other a choice of their own. So now these gifted guys - Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert - await the viewer verdict with white-knuckle anticipation. Sadly, three's a crowd: One will fall flat while the other two will soar to next week's big final week. Adding some spark tonight is Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, who performs "Battlefield." In addition, pop songstress Katy Perry renders "Waking Up in Vegas." * America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) Allison, Aminat or Teyona will be crowned the Cycle 12 winner tonight, and the competition is Teyona's to lose. Only a major meltdown would likely derail her chances. Birdlike Allison and strong-bodied Aminat seem destined to be runners-up. But, who knows? The obligatory CoverGirl photo shoot is never easy, and Teyona appears to have a problem with it. After one gal is eliminated, the final two hit the runway to show off their fiercest moves yet to land the top spot. * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Rub-a-dub-dub, Sawyer, Juliet and Kate in the sub. How long they'll be together in these cramped quarters is an open question, but it doesn't look good for Juliet. Or is it just a tease? Maybe we'll find out in tonight's two-hour season finale, but there are other (Other?), if not bigger, fish to fry, like: What'll newly minted "man of faith" Jack do if he gets his hands on the bomb? And, in 2007, what'll newly minted "man of reason" Locke do if he gets his hands on Jacob? * CSI: NY (10 pm/ET CBS) Series star Melina Kanakaredes penned tonight's international episode in which Stella investigates murders linked to ancient Greek artifacts, a case she has been involved with much of this past season. The evidence leads Stella to Greece, but in order to follow the clues there, she turns in her badge. Kanakaredes is Greek-American, so she probably knows a thing or two about Greek culture. Source Here