We’re mega excited for the season premiere of “America’s Next Top Model: All Stars,” set to go live next week. And we’re especially stoked to see how one of our favorite past contestants, transgender model Isis King, is going to fair. Especially because, after her first appearance on the show, Tyra Banks generously paid for Isis to have gender reassignment surgery. In 2009, she appeared on Tyra’s show to talk about the surgery — and received a marriage proposal. “It’s almost like I was supposed to have it,” said Isis. “Although it was swelling and bruising and everything, automatically I felt more comfortable. I was ready to walk around the house in my little shorts. I just felt more confident.” Her boyfriend of three years, Desmond, also proposed on the show, noting that, “When we were just friends, I had a dream I was getting married. As the bride came down the aisle, it was Isis … She’s strong, she’s beautiful, she’s my soul mate.” Keep reading »
Professional models don’t get to choose what they model, but they do have to model through it no matter what. Even if what they’re contracted to wear happens to be a ridiculous tiny hat, say. “America’s Next Top Model” creator and host Tyra Banks knows this, and she frequently chastises her model-testants for not putting their all into their photos. We thought TyTy might have something to say to these tiny hat models, so we phoned her up to get her professional opinions on these tiny hat shots. First up, Erica, sporting this Kentucky Dainty Hair Clip ($15.99, Modcloth).
Tyra Says: I feel a sadness in your eyes that doesn’t connect me with the photo. More smizing, less dreckitude!
After the jump, Tyra critiques more tiny hat models. Keep reading »
Recognize that pretty/awkward face? It’s Ann Ward, winner of Tyra Banks’ Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model.” Here she is in her as-promised May 2011 Vogue Italia shoot, looking all deer in headlights. For the full spread, click here. Do you think Ann deserved to win? Would Tyra be proud? [Fashin] Keep reading »
The winner of next season’s “America’s Next Top Model” can look forward to the standard prizes — a contract with a major modeling agency, up close and personal views of Miss Jay’s legs — but also an Italian Vogue cover. “ANTM” followers will know that the standard editorial prize offering is a shoot with Seventeen and the switch to Vogue is a major upgrade. Don’t get us wrong, Seventeen is a decent magazine, but it’s no Vogue Italia. Where Seventeen features models trying to make it, Vogue is more or less for the ones who’ve already arrived. Given that “ANTM” has always claimed to be a career-maker but generally had limited success in actually launching a successful career, this seems like a step towards making good on the promise of being a real supermodel machine. [NY Post] Keep reading »