America’s Next Top Model

Tyra Banks: I'm Not a High-Fashion Girl

Mar/22/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Tyra Banks is Frightening by High Fashion
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Tyra Banks has worked the runway in some of the world’s most fabulous fashion, but deep down inside, she says she’s actually not a haute couture girl. The model-turned-mogul — and current business student — tells New York that all the years spent doing fittings for designer gowns actually made her a little, well, nervous. “I always still felt intimidated,” she tells the magazine. “Karl Lagerfeld is dressing me, Yves Saint Laurent is like smoothing my hem or something, and I felt like a little teenage girl and that these amazing designers were around me and that they were like these Greek gods. So I knew it wasn’t my truth. Although I was, like, flattered and like, ‘Oh, this is amazing!'” But the America’s Next Top Model host has still managed to start a few trends; for instance, the meat dress phenomenon, which happened in an ANTM challenge months before Lady Gaga wore her version to the Video Music Awards. “You know I never saw it, I just read about it,” Banks explains, saying she never thought Gaga stole the idea from the show. “Lady Gaga is such an artist that I doubt that she was looking at Top Model or her stylist was looking at Top Model and saying, ‘We should do it.’ I think they just did it and we just happened to do it first.” For more with Banks, check out nymag.com. –Kim Peiffer

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ANTM Winner Whitney Thompson Bares All in the Name of Love

Aug/26/2010 at 06:30 PM ET

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Tyra Banks has never been shy about flaunting her curves–and now one of her protégés is following suit. Whitney Thompson, America’s Next Top Model‘s first-ever plus-sized winner, is boldly baring it all to promote Love Your Body Day, which will take place in West Hollywood on October 23. Whitney (left) is joined in the daring photo by Chenese Lewis, the event’s creator and President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Learn more about NOW Hollywood’s curve celebration and see more shots from the campaign at loveyourbodyday.com Tell us: What do you think about Whitney’s campaign shots? –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes With Nigel Barker and Nine West

Aug/18/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

When top models like Coco Rocha and Jessica White aren’t working the runway during Fashion Week, they’ll be hitting the streets of New York City to raise awareness for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) charitable organization. Donning limited-edition Nine West boots equipped with pocket pedometers, participating models’ every step will be tracked for the brand’s Runway Relief Program, an initiative that will donate a pre-determined monetary amount to the cause, based on how many steps the models take. To kick things off, Nigel Barker will photograph 40 models rocking the new boots in an iconic N.Y.C. location on August 31. And unlike other Fashion Week events, you don’t need a ticket to get access! The shoot will be streamed live on modelinia.com and Nine West’s Facebook page, where the boots will also be available for purchase for $199. In this exclusive video, Nigel Barker and his top models chat about the charity and give PEOPLE.com a sneak peek at the limited-edition boots.–Jessie Goldberg

VIDEO: Strike a Pose to Win Tyra's First Fiercely Real Teen Model Search

Jan/25/2010 at 06:01 PM ET

Today, Tyra Banks announced her newest challenge to the modeling market: her first-ever plus-sized modeling competition for teens. Dubbed Tyra’s Fiercely Real Teen Model Search, the contest will hunt for curvy catwalk contenders aged 13-19 and between 5′ 9″ and 6′ 1″. So why tackle this ignored segment of the fashion market now? “I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out,” she explains of the decision. “Plus-sized tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what’s considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.” Think you might have what it takes to conquer the catwalk and earn a one-year contract with Wilhelmina, magazine cover and more? Click over to tyrashow.warnerbros.com to learn how to enter — and learn more from the supermodel herself on how to pose for your audition only at tyra.com!

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Would You Wear Corset Jeans like Jaslene?

Oct/11/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

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After seeing The Tyra Banks Show and a segment on the “corset jean,” America’s Next Top Model Jaslene Gonzalez had to follow her mentor’s lead and get a few pairs of her own. The ANTM Cycle 8 winner headed to LF boutique on 5th Avenue in New York and picked up two pairs of Era of Chaos corset denim jeans, along with a metallic blouse and metallic Jacket by Please. Lucky for Jaslene, she had the perfect place to break in her trendy new jeans — the release party for Jennifer Lopez’s CD Brave at N.Y.C. hotspot Buddakan. Tell us: Would you wear corset jeans like Jaslene’s?

Joanie's Take: The Inside Scoop on America's Next Top Model

Dec/07/2006 at 04:47 PM ET

Model and America’s Next Top Model alum (cycle 6) Joanie Dodds gives her take on the season finale and its winner. (Psssst: It’s Caridee.)

This season has been great. Not as fabulous as my season last year, ha ha… but very exciting. Just thinking back through everything they have done – Spain, imitation sky diving, fabulous challenges, circus shoots, scary faces, crazy bitches, divas, Dennis Quaid and Fabio! Ew… Fabio. The top three have been decided! CariDee, Melrose and Eugena. These girls are wonderful, with great photos and fabulous attitudes, good or not.

The final three go on to shoot the ever-famous CoverGirl commercial and photoshoot for their Outlast Double Lip Shine. The girls all do relatively well. Caridee let that attitude shine! Melrose is such a perfectionist, and never lets it show that she is not a natural. After deliberating on both the commercials and shoots, Eugena was sent home for her uncertainty in the competition.

To read more of Joanie’s Takes on “America’s Next Top Model”, click here

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Who's Gonna Win America's Next Top Model?

Dec/06/2006 at 10:00 AM ET

After several tough months and so many grueling challenges, America’s Next Top Model is down to its final three contestants: Caridee, Eugena, and Melrose, and the grand finale is airing tonight on the the CW. Sure, we haven’t seen their final challenge yet and that dramatic walk-off, but we already have our favorites. Do you love bad girl Melrose or uber-blonde Caridee or California-girl Eugena? So, tell us: who’s gonna win — and who do you want to win — America’s Next Top Model?

Check out our exclusive blog from Joanie of ANTM Cycle Six. After the show, come back here and tell us what you think of the winner!

Photo: De Yonker/The CW(3)

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