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Miss J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker have been dismissed from America’s Next Top Model after 18 seasons. Now who’s going to teach aspiring models how to walk a runway and take fierce photographs?
After a lengthy streak of flavorless episodes, the succulent drama we love so much has finally been poured back into America’s Next Top Model. Blame Kelly Cutrone, blame the British Invasion, blame the decorum of last season’s all-stars, but there’s no question the show has come full circle from blah to outright bitchy. And we’re loving every second of it.
Here’s a good Friday morning eye opener: this week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model U.S. vs. U.K. involved one of the most gruesome challenges we’ve ever seen (and we’ve been watching since the Adrienne days). Ever the wily host, Tyra Banks decides to pit the American contestants against the British ones by having the the girls sample “delicacies” from each other’s countries.
How many topical pop culture references can you cram into one photo? Try three or four. One this week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model, Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner will pose alongside the show’s competitors in a David LaChapelle-esque shoot inspired by Toddlers & Tiaras. Tired yet?
We know the fashion industry still has a lot of hangups when it comes to working with plus-size models, but we never expected that would be the case for TV. An advertisement for America’s Next Top Model Alum Whitney Thompson‘s new dating site was rejected for a slot during the Superbowl, and Thompson thinks that’s because her site caters to plus-sized women. But NBC, which will air the Superbowl, says that’s not the reason at all.
The finale of America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars season aired last night and while former judge Janice Dickinson would like the world to know the whole thing is rigged, not even the producers saw this ending coming.
The career trajectory of a successful model is usually pretty straightforward. Occasionally, if said model is particularly lucky or adept at transformation, vogueing segues into acting or singing or designing. But America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson (who, let’s be real, had the decks stacked against her from the start with that tile), may be the first model to transition into the online dating biz.
Just when you thought that maybe America’s Next Top Model was about to stop being a thing, the licensing geniuses at CBS came up with a way for it to stay alive for at least another year or two. This January, Tyra Banks and company will introduce Dreams Come True, ANTM’s first fragrance.
Supermodel (and fellow Canadian!) Coco Rocha dropped by America’s Next Top Model: All Stars last night to guest judge and participate in a bar-brawl themed photoshoot with the contestants.
Less than thirty minutes after we confirmed that Andre Leon Talley was indeed leaving America’s Next Top Model, publicist turned reality star turned self-help guru Kelly Cutrone has announced that she will be taking his seat on the judges panel.
They say all good things come to an end, but we’re going to be in a seriously bad mood if Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley leaves America’s Next Top Model.
Sometimes, after a particularly intense weekend of couch lounging and America’s Next Top Model marathons, we’ve found ourselves dreaming of a world in which hottie photographer extraordinaire Nigel Barker waxed poetic about his deepest feelings while we cradled his beautiful and scent-free feet in our hands. Apparently, in Mary Alice Stephenson’s world, that’s called real life.
Now that America’s Next Top Model is over, the losing contestants have all gone back to their old and hopefully more normal lives, which in Jane Randall‘s case means returning to Princeton and being subjected to all the college press interviews they can get out of her.
This is a little awkward. Did you guys watch last night? Did you see it? Did you want that hour of your life back? The finale was about as exciting as my cat sleeping on the heating vent, but with less personality. I caught myself getting distracted by the dust under my radiator, and at one point I pounded two liters of Coke just to get the energy in the room up. Helped for about fifteen minutes, until Chelsey told us again how badly she wants it, and Ann told us again how surprised she is to be there. Well, Ann, that makes two of us. As Tyra would say: “So. Who stays, and who goes? Blink blink.”
ANTM fans, it’s been a while. Sorry about the absence; I was called to Milan suddenly to look after our models and I couldn’t be troubled with recaps when there was consoling, encouraging (and eating) to be done. It’s been a hard road, we’ve lost Liz and Chris and the competition is getting fierce. I can’t handle the pressure anymore (or Miss J.’s whining) so I’m on the next flight back to NYC. Trouble is, I’ve got 210 pounds of extra baggage with me: 200 hundred pounds of model, and, oops, 10 for the pasta Milanese. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Did one of the models gain 100 pounds in Italy, or was it the dreaded double-elimination??” Let’s get to it.
Noted stylist and former America’s Next Top Model judge Nole Marin is being sued for making unwelcome sexual advances on an aspiring male model. In a suit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court Monday, Nicholas Hamman-Howe alleges that Marin offered to make him a star in exchange for sex.
Vogue Italia’s editor in chief Franca Sozzani has some harsh words for fashion-focused television and America’s Next Top Model, in particular — for which two separate spreads in her magazine serve as the grand prize. In a blog post on Vogue.It, Sozzani calls shows like ANTM “boring” and “unnecessary,” while also mistaking the Iman-hosted Fashion Show on Bravo for Lifetime’s Project Runway.
Kendall, bless her Alabaman heart, made us go to Times Square to see the sites. She was really impressed by the rotating lobster, the green spaces, and the AMC flagship. Needless to say, we’re now greasy, smelly, and bed-bug carriers. Gah! Damn you, Kendall and your sense of adventure! Anyway, the 20,000 of us (that’s me, Kendal and the buggies) just finished watching episode eight and we’re ready to recap, starting… now!
In today’s news of the weird, America’s Next Top Model winner CariDee English is dating shock rocker Marilyn Manson. CariDee was Cycle 7′s loose cannon, chiding Nigel Barker (“Did you just remove that from your ass from the last panel?”) and admitting to a suicide attempt during an emotional outburst.