America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 17)


America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) used to be one of my guilty pleasures.  There’s just something fascinating about the girl next door or plain looking girl transformed into a glamorous model with an over-the-top make over, hair and make up, with talented photographers and, perhaps, photoshop.  Never mind that the show hasn’t exactly produced any actual supermodels.

America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 17)

America’s Next Top Model TV Show Image (1)

In ANTM, a number of women compete for the title of America’s Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry.  And as they learn their signature walk and how to smize or “smile with their eyes”, the high-stress, high-stakes world of a reality modeling competition leads to a lot of drama, fights and meltdowns.

This cycle promises complicated catwalks, ambitious fashion photo shoots and work to carefully craft their public personas.  After a watching a couple of cycles of ANTM, I don’t know how they can come up with new things to top what they have done in the previous cycles.  I have seen a runway challenge with fire, a runway suspended over water, a four-story high runway (the contestants tried not to fall off the edge) and swinging pendulums.  With the cast that they have, I’d say, expect, instead, a lot of cat fights and trouble.

Cycle 17 All-Stars Contestants

America’s Next Top Model TV Show Image (3) Cycle 17, also known as America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars, brings back familiar faces from previous cycles.  A cast of fan favorites and outrageous characters from previous cycles return for a second chance to be America’s Next Top Model.  Honestly, I think they chose the previous contestants who caused trouble and friction to bring in a lot of drama for the show.

Shannon Ratliff (Cycle 1,runner-up) – She refused to participate in the nude photo shoot due to her religious beliefs.  After the show, she competed in the Miss Ohio USA 2004 (she placed second) and in 2006 (made it to the semifinals).

  • Camille McDonald (Cycle 2, 5th place) – she was known to have an arrogant and stubborn attitude.
  • Brittany Brower (Cycle 4, 4th place) – she was criticized by the judges for looking too sexy in her photos. When she reeled it in, the judges then decided that she was losing her personality and she was consequently eliminated.
  • Lisa D’Amato (Cycle 5, 6th place) – the “most notorious” of the models who was not scared to speak her mind to the other contestants. With her wacky personality, she would run around the contestants’ house with wigs, masks and weird outfits.  One time after getting drunk, she had a long conversation with a Pampas Grass bush in the backyard who she named “Cousin It”.  It was hinted during the show that she my have an alcohol problem.  Post ANTM, she dated Robbie Williams and was part of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Season 3.  She’s also a singer and recently released her sophomore album titled Flippin’ the Bird (one of her singles was featured on HBO’s Entourage).
  • Brittany “Bre” Scullark (Cycle 5, 3rd place) – she had a huge freak out over her stolen granola bars on cycle 5.  Lisa D’Amato recently admitted that she was the one who took the granola bars.  This should be interesting with Lisa also joining Cycle 17.
  • Bianca Golden (Cycle 9, 4th place) – her most memorable moment was her makeover meltdown when Tyra shaved her head.  She was considered the season’s villain with her loud and abrasive demeanor and known for causing trouble.
  • Dominique Reighard (Cycle 10, 4th place) – in cycle 10, Tyra opened an extra slot for her.  She had a rough time during the competition with the judges’ main criticism of her facial features being “very drag.”
  • Isis King (Cycle 11, 10th place) – known for being the first trans woman to compete on the show.  She was part of Cycle 10’s photo shoot with a theme that centered on the issue of homeless youth.  Real homeless women were be used as background models where she was one of them.  After encouragement from Tyra Banks, she joined the competition the next cycle.  She has since completed her gender reassignment surgery and is now one of the most recognized transgenders on television
  • Sheena Sakai (Cycle 11, 6th place) – Judges had issues with her suggestive poses during photo shoots.  It was also discovered that she had breast implants.
  • Allison Harvard (Cycle 12, runner-up) – she was one of the judges’ faves with her unique, doll-like face.  In her audition, she candidly described her penchant for blood and fascination for nosebleeds.  Before she joined the competition, she was both appreciated and feared on the “/b/” board on 4chan—the birthplace of the internet’s greatest memes and most felonious pranks.  Anonymous members had dubbed her “Creepy Chan.”
  • Laura Kirkpatrick (Cycle 13, runner-up) – She was part of the cycle that featured “petite” girls, meaning no taller than 5’7”.  She’s actually one of the few nice ones in this cycle, as she’s known for her bubbly attitude and charming personality.  She is one of the show’s most-loved contestants.  Her current claim to fame is the dyslexia foundation she started called “The Beautiful Minds.”
  • Angelea Preston (Cycle 14, 3rd/4th place) – With her explosive personality, she was often the source of all the drama that went down in the house.  She got her the reputation of being a troublemaker and constantly picked fights with the other girls.
  • Kayla Ferrel (Cycle 15, 3rd/4th place) – Her goal was to become the first out lesbian winner.  Will she be able to achieve it this time around?
  • Alexandria Everett (Cycle 16, 4th place) –she producing great photos throughout the cycle but her bad attitude got her into trouble with her fellow contestants and with the judges.

America’s Next Top Model TV Show Image (2)

America’s Next Top Model Judges

  • Tyra Banks – head judge of the show.  She’s a former model and the show’s creator.
  • Nigel Barker:  introduced in the show as a noted fashion photographer.  He was also a former model.
  • André Leon Talley:  the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine.  He has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years.

J. Alexander (or called Miss J in the show to distinguish him from Jay Manuel) is the show’s runway coach.  Tyra coined the title Queen of the Catwalk for him.  Jay Manuel is the show’s photo shoot director.

The Prize

The winner will receive a spread in Vogue Italia, the cover of and a spread in Beauty in Vogue, a blog on, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, an Express fashion campaign and the chance to be a correspondent on Extra.

Cycle 17 Premiere

September 14, 2011 (WEDNESDAY), 9/8c on The CW

Promo Video

America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 17) Official Site