Last night’s epsiode of “America’s Next Top Model” was a rollicking good time. It was fun to watch Kristin Cavallari give the girls tips on striking while the iron is hot on their reality TV fame. And I am so excited that the gals finally did an interesting photo shoot—posing atop high fashion stilts. But the most comical part of the episode was during judging panel, when Tyra Banks went gaga over Allison’s photo and reveled in the fact that Allison had popped her butt out to accentuate her shape. Tyra, of course, dubbed this move the “booty tooch” a few seasons back. But she seemed so excited, it was like she had discovered it for the first time. From there, the word ‘tooch’ was repeated about 20 times in a span of 30 seconds. And Tyra asked Kristin to try a booty tooch, while Nigel ended up looking like a dirty old man in this still as he watched her. Welcome to the new ‘smize.’ [AOL TV]
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Who can understand the whims and desires of International Top Supermodel and Media Mogul Tyra Banks? For the past several cycles she’s had the inimitable Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley as a panel judge for the show, but now rumor has it that he’ll be replaced by PR guru/life coach/”The City” HBIC Kelly Cutrone. Perhaps Talley was over the dreckitude–or perhaps there was a more sinister situation happening between himself and Banks. We can only imagine that two people which such big, uh, personalities may have run into conflict from time to time. In any case, we’ll miss his oversized muumuus and would clamor to sit in his “sa-lon” anytime.
But on with Cutrone, whose sharp tongue and chipper new age-y self help advice will no doubt put a different spin on “ANTM”‘s model panel. (Hell, she’s even wore a muumuu or two of her own during the debut season of “Kell On Earth.”) And now we’ve got a new Cutrone-related drinking game to employ: A swig for every time she’s able to work the title of her 2009 memoir If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, into upbraiding some poor wannabe. [Fashionista]
Last night, the second “America’s Next Top Model” all-star got kicked to the curb all over again. And overall, I am happy to report that this season feels like it’s picking up steam, with stakes high enough for me to keep on watching. After the jump, the good, the bad, and the WTF moments from last night’s episode. Though the absolute best moment is right here, for your viewing pleasure. Keep reading »
What is Tyra Banks‘ worst nightmare? Being haunted by the girls who didn’t quite win “America’s Next Top Model” and want another chance. In this awesome promo for “ANTM: All-Stars,” Tyra shows off her acting skills (read: embarrasses herself) by channeling Camille, Laura, Isis, and blood-obsessed Allison. Honestly, I think the decision to do an “All-Star” season is kind of inspired. Just as I was getting a little bored with the show and was questioning whether I should attach myself to new group fresh-faced hopefuls, they bring back the girls I already care about. Genius. Yep, I will be watching the premiere Wednesday night. [ONTD]
Imagine you’re on the subway, preparing yourself for the day — a desk full of dreaded reports and emails ahead of you — and suddenly AHHHHHHH! Tyra Banks and her fleet of be-masked minions comes ambling toward you down the subway car. How terrifying! Ms. Tyra was doing it all in promotion of her new young adult novel, Modelland, which we can only assume is about the real life travails of being young and fabulous. But really TyTy, wait until I’ve had my coffee, please. 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 »
It’s hard to believe that “America’s Next Top Model” has been around for 16 cycles. If there were 13 girls a season (and I’m pretty sure that many seasons had 14) that makes 208 wannabe models on the show whose names we learned, faces we dissected, and breakdowns we reveled in. So it’s fitting that the next season will be “America’s Next Top Model All-Stars.” In other words, there will be no new perfectly symmetrical faces. The cast will be comprised of the girls you loved and the ones you loved to hate in seasons past, each hoping to win the title and its prizes the second time around.
Slowly, we’re starting to get information on who is joining cast. Unfortunately some of are favorites are not on the list. Jade tweeted, “I declined #ANTM cycle 17 immensely because my contract was completely Bogus and one sided! These girl’s just signed there Rights and Life away!” But we’re still overall pleased. After the jump, the rumored new cast.
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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 »
Embarrassingly, the announcement of an “America’s Next Top Model” all-star season is the thing I am most excited about today. I will confess that I have seen every single episode of all 16 cycles (as has Amelia … sorry for outing you). It’s awful, I know. But it is like reality crack to me. The CW has confirmed that Cycle 17 will bring back models from previous seasons to compete again. Jumping up and down. Screaming. Clapping. Why hasn’t Tyra thought of this sooner? Here is my dream team of returning model hopefuls: Elyse Sewell (Cycle 1), Shandi Sullivan (Cycle 2), Toccara Jones (Cycle 3), Tiffany Richardson (Cycle 4 — the girl that Tyra went postal on), Lisa D’Amato (Cycle 5 — the drunk), Kim Stolz (Cycle 5), Jade Cole (Cycle 6), Isis King (Cycle 11), Allison Harvard (Cycle 12), Sundai Love (Cycle 13 — just because her name is amazing). Which “ANTM” contestants would you like to see compete again? Share your favorites in the comments. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Every year on “America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra Banks inevitably has the contestants do an acting challenge where she trots out her “acting coach.” In this cycle 16 promo, Tyra proves that she actually can sort of act, and has decent comedic timing, as she mocks some of the most common types who appear at “ANTM” casting—the squealing girly girl, the goth who doesn’t want to be there, the girl who’s “not here to make friends.” Best line: “I will do anything, anything, anything to be America’s Next Top Model. Except cut my hair.” True dat. Keep reading »