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Tyra Banks To Produce Docuseries About Trans Women

  • Tyra Banks will produce a VH1 series called “TransAmerica” about transgender women in Chicago. The eight episode docuseries will feature the trans model Carmen Carrera. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • This woman embraced her period at a moon lodge in the woods so you don’t have to. [NYMag.com]
  • Charity Anne Johnson, the 34-year-old woman who enrolled at a high school in Texas pretending to be a sophomore, also had a boyfriend who thought she was 18-years-old. [ABC News]
  • How to live with your mother when you’re 37, childless and unemployed. (Wait, wasn’t that the plot of “Bridesmaids”?) [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

A Sequel To “Life Size” Is On The Way!

life size tyra banks lindsay lohan

Vintage Lindsay Lohan fans, rejoice! A sequel to the oh-so-fabulous Disney film “Life Size” is in the works, and I am thrilled. The made-for-TV-movie, which came out in 2000, stars Lindsay as troubled pre-teen Casey and Tyra Banks as Eve, a doll that comes to life. It’s every little girl’s dream (or nightmare)! The two ladies go on an adventure of self-discovery and lots of girl talk as Eve faces an existential crisis while trying to accept that she is, in fact, a doll and not a human. Keep reading »

“Squinching” May Be The New Duck Face, But I Think It’s Just “Smizing” Under A Different Name

"Squinching" May Be The New Duck Face, But I Think It's Just "Smizing" Under A Different Name

Someone get Tyra Banks on the phone! There’s a hot “new” trend in posing ridiculously for photos called “squinching,” but I’m pretty sure Tyra’s go-to “Top Model” tip — SMIZE! — has just been stolen and rebranded under a different name. According to the Daily Mail, which shouts out Tyra’s smize in its intro, photographer Peter Hurley “claims the squinch is the act of squinting your eyes in such a way as to ooze confidence and self-assuredness.” Squinching is more subtle than squinting; when you squint, your eyes appear too closed, but, explains the Daily Mail, ”when you ‘squinch,’ however, you’re lifting and tightening the lower eyelid and only allowing the top eyelid to come down slightly.” Keep reading »

Tyra Banks Tries Whiteface To Pay Homage To Her Fellow Model Idols

Tyra Banks as Cindy Crawford in whiteface

Did you forget about Tyra Banks for five seconds? Because she’s got a plan to make herself talked about once more. The “America’s Next Top Model” host and smize-ing overlord created a series of photos for photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth’s exhibition, Tyra Banks Presents: 15, in which Tyra “transforms” herself into several iconic models — Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford to name a few.

Tyra being Tyra, couldn’t wait to share the photos with the world. “I’ve put my own spin on #NYFW w/a photo tribute to some of the fiercest #SuperModels ever. Unretouched. Real. Raw,” she tweeted. Keep reading »

Imagined Backstories For The New Season Of “America’s Next Top Model” Contestants

Hard to believe, but “America’s Next Top Model” is now in its 20th cycle. Yup, Tyra’s been lording it over wanna-be models since forever. This season’s a little bit different: She’ll have both male and female contestants competing against one another. Will there be catfights and sexual tension? Probs. Sigh.

To gear up for this latest season, premiering August 2, we’ve taken a look at the competition and given you an imagined backstory for each model hopeful. Take a look, and tell us who, in Tyra’s immortal words, you “wanna be on top.”

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We’re So Pumped For “America’s Next Top Model,” Guys Versus Girls

Q&A With Kiara Belen
Kiara Belen
An interview with the runner up of "ANTM" cycle 19. Read More »
ANTM guys vs girls
Is It Hot In Here?

It took you long enough, Tyra Banks: for the past 19 cycles, “America’s Next Top Model” has been all about teaching the ladies how to booty tooch. Last season we were lucky if we got a little bit of Rob Evans with his shirt off. But on August 2, Cycle 20 debuts with all whole new look: male models are competing. (And yes, Rob’s back as a judge — don’t worry!) I wonder if they’re going to make the guy with the hipster beard shave his face. It would only be fair. They make all the girls change something drastic. [YouTube]

This What Tyra Banks’ Smize Yourself! App Did To My Face

Tyra's "Muffin Top"
Tyra tweets a pic of her barely perceptible "muffin top." Read More »
Tyra Gets Another Show
Tyra Banks
She's sold a scripted sitcom about her early modeling days. Read More »

OMFG! I’ve discovered the most worthwhile way to waste time EVER. Amelia informed me that a Tyra Banks Smize Yourself! app existed and of course, I purchased it immediately.

Basically, you line up your face in a cut out and then you smize into the camera while Tyra tells you how “fierce” you look. (I know this to be a blatant lie because I’m working from home today and and haven’t brushed my hair or put on any makeup.) Then Tyra’s tells you that she’s “cooking up your smize.” Then you wait and about 30 seconds later a bad picture of yourself is transformed into an even worse picture of you looking like some kind of deranged fucking alien that Tim Burton shat out. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Kiara Belen, Runner-Up On “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 19

Kristin Sucks
Kristin Kagay America's Next Top Model
Kristin tells off the other girls on "ANTM" and posts a FB rant. Read More »
Meet Victoria
She's a Liberty University student with mommy issues on "ANTM." Read More »
Faux Concern
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Kiara Belen

She wants to be on top! Kiara Belen placed runner-up on Cycle 19 of “America’s Next Top Model,” the college edition. The gorgeous, statuesque former UC Irvine basketball player lost to cornsilk-blonde Laura James, the daughter of “Dynasty” actor John James, in an extremely close final panel. But as pained as I felt watching Kiara take second place, I was also pretty sure this young woman would be OK.  From the very first episode, Kiara’s determination to get past her crappy upbringing and her confidence  in herself were truly inspiring.

Kiara is busy getting her modeling career off the ground (she’s already worked with Janice Dickinson — not too shabby!), but she was kind enough to answer some of our questions over email about the luscious Rob Evans, kooky competitor Victoria, and Tyra’s best modeling advice.

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Kristin Tells Off The Other Girls On “America’s Next Top Model,” Posts Angry Facebook Rant

Meet Victoria
She's a Liberty University student with mommy issues on "ANTM." Read More »
Faux Concern
Faux concern over Victoria's health on "ANTM" Read More »
Tyra Gets Another Show
Tyra Banks
She's sold a scripted sitcom about her early modeling days. Read More »
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Kristin Kagay America's Next Top Model
Kristin Stars Drama Backstage At Panel

When I heard that Kristin, the super-genetically blessed blonde girl on this cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” was only 19, I felt relieved. At least she’s young enough that she still has time to shake that whole “I think I’m Regina George in ‘Mean Girls’” thing.

On Friday’s episode of “ANTM,” Kristin spent the whole episode, as usual, complaining about the other girls instead of focusing on her smize and tooch. And yet when she ended up in the bottom two, Kristin threw a temper tantrum backstage, lashed out at Kiara and Leila for “gloating” over their high scores and repeatedly called sweet little Leila a “bitch.”

Find out who went home — i.e. SPOILER! — after the jump… Keep reading »

Victoria On “America’s Next Top Model” And The Scourge Of Faux Concern

Meet Victoria
She's a Liberty University student with mommy issues on "ANTM." Read More »
Tyra Gets Another Show
Tyra Banks
She's sold a scripted sitcom about her early modeling days. Read More »
Tyra's "Muffin Top"
Tyra tweets a pic of her barely perceptible "muffin top." Read More »
Victoria Confronted On "ANTM"

Every reality show competition has its oddball and Victoria on “America’s Next Top Model” fits it to a ‘T.’ She was homeschooled, attends online schooling at uber-religious Liberty University, and when she “gets in character” she over-acts during all her photoshoots … like in the most recent episode when she spat at the photographer. Victoria also just so happens to be the girl I want to win; she takes some of the best pictures, and easily has the best work ethic (which is half the battle).

Over the past several episodes of “ANTM,” the other girls have been closing in on Victoria. It started with snotty comments about Victoria being weird — which, sure, she is. Then it exacerbated in the episode before last when, at judging, the girls told Tyra Banks that they think Victoria isn’t eating enough — which, if we can go off the way producers have edited the show, is probably also true. Victoria defended herself and said she doesn’t have an eating disorder, she’s just extremely anxious about the competition and being away from her mom for the first time — which, again, is probably true. Tyra then pronounced she deeply cares about the health and well-being of the girls on her show, threatened that if Victoria restricts her eating she’s out of the competition, and vowed to keep an eye on her.

Then, on Friday night’s episode, all of this hoopla went even further: the remaining girls in the house confronted Victoria, telling her they don’t think she’s  stable enough to continue with the competition. Keep reading »

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