“America’s Next Top Shorty” Contestants Announced

Wanna be on top? Well, these girls certainly do. The CW has released the names and photos of the 14 women who’ll be competing in cycle 13 of “America’s Next Top Model.” At this point, the show has gotten pretty formulaic. We know there’ll be a makeover episode where pounds of mascara will be washed away by tears. We know Tyra will demonstrate to the ladies how to smile with their eyes. We know that some fool will be late back to home base after the go-see challenge. But Tyra is shaking things up a bit this season on her super-popular vanity project modeling show. Only women who are between 5’2″ and 5’7″ were allowed to audition. In other words, they’re shorties, which is semi-revolutionary, since the fashion industry usually turns their back on anyone under 5’9″. Another big change? Paulina Porizkova won’t be sitting on the judge’s panel. Perhaps Kate Moss will be her replacement?But you want to hear more about the pretty girls you’ll watch fall on the runway and try to keep straight faces as they participate in ridic photo shoots? Most are students, but there a few standouts. Ashley (left) is a 22-year-old artist from Brooklyn, New York, who appears to have a chill vibe and great style. Courtney (center) is a 5’4″ cheerleading coach who looks like she escaped from the Glamour Shots booth at the mall. Here’s hoping she Herkie kicks another contestant. Then there’s Jennifer (right), who already professes that her profession is “model,” so, uh, what is she doing on the show? We have our money on her because Tyra loves breaking new ground—the first black winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” the first Latina winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” the first plus-size “America’s Next Top Model.” Since Jennifer’s Asian and short, she’s a shoo-in.

Cycle 13 premieres on September 9, so set your DVRs. It’s cycle 13, the season lasts for 13 weeks, and they announced the lineup on August 13. Is anyone else worried this season is cursed?