America’s Next Top Model Tyra Banks picks 14 wannabes
Hopefuls head to New York City for wild ride on the way to becoming America’s Next Top Model
Tyra Banks has her own secret for success– “I listen to my mother, who taught me how determination, hard work and vision will get me to the top.” A formula which obviously has succeeded, since the tenth cycle of the America’s Next Top Model is underway on Wednesday nights on the CW network. The hit reality show, is better then it has ever been, with a new stable of drama queens battling it out for the Top Model title.
Creator of the show, Banks has taken the competition back where it all started, New York City, and has added a new supermodel to the panel of judges, stunning Paulina Porizkova. But it’s the chemistry and conflicts that goes on with the 14 finalists that has the makings of one wild ride for the tenth anniversary of the contest.
The 14 hopefuls are:
Aimee, age: 18
Occupation: Hostess; Hometown: Spanaway, Washington
Allison, age: 19
Occupation: Hostess; Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin
Amy (a.k.a. “Amis”), age: 20
Occupation: Waitress; Hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Anya, age: 19
Occupation: Retail Sales; Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Atalya, age: 18
Occupation: Student; Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Claire, age: 24
Occupation: Production Coordinator; Hometown: New York, New York
Dominique, age: 23
Occupation: Receptionist; Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Fatima, age: 22
Occupation: Student; Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Katarzyna, age: 22
Occupation: Finance; Hometown: Roslyn, New York
Kimberly, age: 20
Occupation: Customer Service; Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
Lauren, age: 22
Occupation: Artist; Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Marvita, age: 23
Occupation: Retail Sales; Hometown: San Francisco, California
Stacy Ann, age: 22
Occupation: Student; Hometown: Miami, Florida
Whitney, age: 20
Occupation: Student; Hometown: Atlantic Beach, Florida
In addition to hosting America’s Next Top Model, Banks is a hands-on producer, hiring directors, balancing the production budgets, choosing locations to make the show stand out. She reveals, “All the photo shoot ideas come from me and my team. Even the music cues are approved by me.” And there are days she spends countless hours in the editing room.
Her work ethic is strong, and she expects the same dedication from the wannabe models. The incredibly successful Banks says she is happy to mentor the girls, because she wants all of them to do their very best. Also guiding them are fashion and modeling experts Jay Manuel and J. Alexander.
Along with Banks, Porizkova and J. Alexander, photographer Nigel Barker is on the panel of judges, who will evaluate the progress of the models and eliminate one each week. Plus guest judges will be appearing during the cycle to add fresh opinions to the critiques.
According to Banks, who doles out great advice on her weekday chat show Tyra, the best advice she ever got about modeling came from her mother, Carolyn, who told her daughter to separate “Tyra, the product, from Tyra, the person.”
Her mother remains Banks’ strongest influence, and a great grounding force. Thanks to her mother, Tyra is a model role model.
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