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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."
Originally posted 08/18/2011 10:15AM
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.
Originally posted 02/18/2011 02:45PM
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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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