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Expect Top Model Drama To Be 'Very Juicy' This Season, Says Isis King

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Isis King: America's Next Top Model Drama 'Will Be Very Juicy!'

Originally posted 09/14/2011 06:30PM

Isis King will definitely be tuning in to watch herself and her 13 competitors on America's Next Top Model's 17th cycle.

"Until I watch it I'll never know what people say behind closed doors!" says King, 25, who is returning to compete against other previous contestants. "I'm sure there will be some Twitter drama when the show airs – it will be very juicy!"

The multi-talented King, who calls herself a "Renaissance woman," says viewers can expect to see more of her own clothing designs on the show.

"My clothes are edgy, bold," says the Art Institute of Philadelphia grad. "Growing up, my favorite designer was Donatella Versace."

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UpdatePosted 08/18/2011 11:25AM

America's Next Top Model Taps 14 Fan Favorites for All-Star Season

Originally posted 08/18/2011 10:15AM

Take two!

For its 17th cycle, America's Next Top Model is giving 14 fan favorites from previous seasons a second chance at the title – including Isis King from season 11, the show's only transgender contestant.

Other familiar faces will include Bianca Golden from cycle 9, Angelea Preston from cycle 14, and Alexandria Everett from cycle 16 – surely making for a combustible season of drama.

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Tyra Banks Is a Harvard Coed | Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Is Attending Harvard Business School

Originally posted 03/14/2011 11:15AM

Tyra Banks is going back to school, and not just any school: The super-model-turned-mogul has been attending Harvard Business School since last year.

But why did Banks, who runs a successful multi-million-dollar empire, feel the need to further her education?

"In order for my company to grow and be the best, and to reach these women, and to serve them, I needed the best. So I went to the best," Banks, 37, told CBS News recently.

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Tyra Banks Goes from Bimbo to Goth in Top Model Parody

Originally posted 02/18/2011 02:45PM

Judging by the vast array of characters she portrays in an exclusive video, Tyra Banks may have a future as a regular on Saturday Night Live.

In a promo touting cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model, Banks parodies the typical contestants who try out on the show, starting with an airheaded blonde giggling her way through her interview: "I'm 19 years old, and my favorite designer is Hello Kitty," Banks says in her best Valley Girl accent.

Next up is a tattooed, surly contestant with an attitude who says, "I'm not here to make friends," followed an angry model with in goth dress and makeup.

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Top Model Winner Has a Message for Taunted Teens

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America's Next Top Model Winner Has a Message for Taunted Teens

Originally posted 12/03/2010 11:30AM

After being taunted while growing up for being unusually tall and ultra skinny, Ann Ward was crowned of America's Next Top Model this week.

The 6-ft., 2-in.-tall 19-year-old from Dallas spoke with PEOPLE about dealing with the backlash over her shockingly small waist (runway coach Miss J was seen fitting his hands around it in a controversial promo), how she wants to inspire other girls to feel comfortable in their own skin, and what's next for the formerly painfully shy Texas girl.

What does winning Top Model mean to you?
Being America's Next Top Model is really awesome, because I really like being an inspiration for people. I've been getting messages on the Internet about how I've helped people get through something they were going through, like bullying, so I'm really excited about people being able to look up to me through the struggles they're going through.

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Tyra's Take on Top Model's Final 2

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Tyra Banks's Take on America's Next Top Model's Top 2

Originally posted 12/01/2010 12:50PM

Before Wednesday's finale of America's Next Top Model, the show's host, judge and head diva in charge, Tyra Banks, spoke with PEOPLE about the final two contestants. Ann, 19, from Dallas, Texas"Ann's awkwardness is actually quite lovely and beautiful," Banks says of the 6-ft, 2-inch beauty, who almost didn't make it on the show. "A lot of people didn't even want her to fly into L.A. for casting week, did not even want her to go to the next round ... It feels good to walk around the office now [that she's in the finale] and be like, I told you so!" Chelsey, 22, from Boise, Idaho"Chelsey has a very strong actual knowledge [of modeling], a fashion base," Tyra says of the waitress. "She knows how to walk really well. She's my star walker in this [competition].

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Tyra Banks Makes Directorial Debut with 'Over-the-Top Italian Drama'

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Tyra Banks Makes Directorial Debut with 'Over-the-Top Italian Drama'

Originally posted 11/17/2010 05:05PM

Supermodel, producer, photographer, actress, Emmy-winning talk show host, reality-show judge, novelist and businesswoman – Tyra Banks seemingly can do it all. But on Wednesday's episode of America's Next Top Model, she's doing even more.

Banks will step behind the camera to direct a two-minute film featuring the show's final four contestants – Ann, Chelsey, Jane and Kayla.

"A lot of designers and people in the fashion industry are feeling like the future of fashion is not just still photos, but they've been doing mini movies where the models are acting things out," Banks, 36, explains.

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Tyra Banks Sued for Featuring Girl in 'Sex-Addict' Episode | Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Sued for Featuring Girl in 'Sex-Addict' Episode

Originally posted 10/18/2010 06:20PM

When 15-year-old Jewel Ciera Washington appeared on Tyra Banks's talk show in October 2009 as a self-proclaimed "sex-addict," no one was more shocked than her mother Beverly McClendon.

McClendon filed a $1 million lawsuit against Banks, 36, alleging negligence and violating a right of privacy. The lawsuit claims the mom never consented to have her daughter appear on the show. In fact, she says her daughter hasn't even been diagnosed as a sex-addict.

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Tyra Banks Recalls Her Best Interview Ever: Barack Obama

Tyra Banks Recalls Her Best Interview Ever: Barack Obama

Originally posted 05/27/2010 01:00PM

In five years on the air, Tyra Banks has gone undercover as a homeless person, an obese woman and even a man. Plus, she's interviewed everyone from Beyoncé to Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus. But nothing thrilled the host of The Tyra Banks Show like her interview with one particular U.S. senator.

"I was so nervous, sick to my stomach and my hands were shaking," Banks tells PEOPLE of her interview with then-Senator Barack Obama. "I asked him to look into the crystal ball and said, 'What do you see in your future, Senator?' And without hesitation he replied, 'The White House.' That clip ran on CNN and every national morning show. I'll never forget being a part of political history."

She found a place in pop culture history, too.

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Tyra Banks to Publish Her First Novel | Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks to Publish Her First Novel

Originally posted 05/11/2010 10:30AM

Supermodel. Talk-show host. Executive producer. Reality-TV queen. Now, the versatile Tyra Banks is adding yet another line to her crowded résumé: novelist.

"I said I was going to do it, and here it is!" Banks, 36, writes in a note to fans posted Tuesday on Tyra.com. "It's for all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives … and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too.

"It's my novel called Modelland (pronounced "Model Land") that takes you to a fantastical place you've never seen, or heard about, or read about before ... Where dreams come true and life can change in the blink of a smoky eye."

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