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Originally posted 09/29/2011 12:30PM
Isis King is a model, fashion designer, actress and America's Next Top Model's only transgender contestant. The cycle 11 vet wrote about returning to ANTM, where she was branded as an "inspiration" and blogs exclusively for PEOPLE about Cycle 17: All Stars.
In her farewell post, King sounds off about posing on stilts, Camille McDonald's insensitive comments, being judged by Kristin Cavallari, and saying farewell to Tyra Banks and ANTM – again.
– Janet Mock
Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me. Here we are at the dreaded episode of my elimination. I never in a million years saw this coming.
The episode kicked off with reality TV star Kristin Cavallari stopping by our home to speak about her experiences in branding and how she stretched her reality TV fame into a career. She was very sweet and savvy, and later served as our guest judge at panel.
Originally posted 09/28/2011 09:40AM
The judging panel of America's Next Top Model will soon be getting a new look – in the form of fashion publicist and reality TV veteran Kelly Cutrone.
Cutrone, who appeared on MTV's The Hills and starred in Bravo's Kell on Earth, will replace André Leon Talley for cycle 18 early next year.
"I am a huge fan of America's Next Top Model and have watched the show for years," says Cutrone, 45, who owns People's Revolution. "Having worked in various aspects of the fashion industry over the course of my career, I am excited for this new opportunity and hope to bring a different perspective to the show."
Originally posted 09/22/2011 02:00PM
Isis King is a self-proclaimed Renaissance woman and America's Next Top Model's only transgender contestant. The cycle 11 vet wrote about returning to ANTM as one of 14 all stars and blogs exclusively for PEOPLE about cycle 17.
In this post, King sounds off about her new makeover, posing with a hotdog and being judged by Ashlee Simpson.
Hate it or love it episode two of ANTM: All-Stars was the infamous makeover episode, where our new looks coincided with our personal brands as celebrity models.
After consulting with branding expert Martin Lindstrom, we were each given a single word that described our brands: Bianca Golden got "candid," Bre Scullark nabbed "girlfriend," and Sheena Sakai earned "unexpected." My amazing word was "inspiration" which was fitting because I inspire to be the best at everything I do, and motivate others to do the same.
Originally posted 09/15/2011 04:30PM
Isis King is a self-proclaimed Renaissance woman and America's Next Top Model's only transgender contestant. The cycle 11 vet, who famously transitioned on television, returned to ANTM as one of 14 all stars and blogs exclusively for TV Watch about cycle 17.
In this post, the fan-favorite poser sounds off about the show's model-mansion, wearing a revealing bikini, being judged by Nicki Minaj and landing on top with the coveted photo of the week.
I walked into the mansion (which made the cycle 11 house look like an apartment in comparison) full of beautiful Top Models with intriguing personalities that matched.
Although I knew my complete transition (I had sex reassignment surgery in 2009) would be discussed as a refresher for those who haven't kept up with my story, I must admit I was a little taken aback by seeing my "pre-transition picture" featured in the premiere episode.
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].
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