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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Judges and contestants of 'America's Next Top Model'

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  • Tyra Banks’ hit reality television show “America’s Next Top Model” began airing in 2003.
  • The show has had 24 seasons (“cycles”), airing on UPN, The CW, and VH1.
  • At the end of the competition, the winners are awarded with a modeling contract and magazine feature.
  • Here’s where the cast is now.

It may be hard to believe, but the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model” began airing 15 years ago. The show has a simple concept: up-and-coming models compete against one another, with a panel of celebrity judges, for a chance to win a modeling contract and big magazine spread. The contestants are guided by the panelists’ – industry insiders – advice, as well as given feedback from host Tyra Banks (and in one season, singer and actor Rita Ora).

Episode by episode, contestants have photoshoots, with the worst model of the photoshoot being eliminated, narrowing down the pool of potential winners each week. Contestants receive makeovers, and have to take photos in sometimes rough conditions — one cycle, they had to walk inside big clear balls on water.

Some of the show’s big names, including judges and competition winners, have gone on to have careers in the spotlight, while others have faded away from the public eye. Here’s where cast-members of ANTM have been since their time on the show.

Tyra Banks has made an even bigger name for herself.

The show’s host is certainly the biggest name from the “America’s Next Top Model” franchise. While she was already an established model before ANTM, Banks re-signed with IMG Models in 2010 after seven years on the show. Banks has also taken on a behind-the-scenes role with “Top Model,” becoming an executive producer on the show. Her production company, Bankable Productions, produced “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” and “The Clique.”

In May 2011, Banks released her second book “Modelland” (her first, co-authored in 1998 was “Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out”). She released her own cosmetics brand in 2014, called Tyra Beauty.

Banks has pursued higher education as well, taking classes at Harvard Business School, and becoming a guest lecturer at Stanford University.

 

Janice Dickinson continued her TV stint and wrote several books.

Viewers will remember supermodel Dickinson from her sharp critiques of model contestants while she was a judge. Eventually, Banks fired her.

On her firing, Dickinson said: “I was just telling the truth and I was saving these girls from going out there and being told that they’re too short, too fat, their skin’s not good enough. I was to ‘America’s Next Top Model’ what Simon Cowell is to ‘American Idol.'”

In 2006, Dickinson was given her own reality tv show — “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” which aired on Oxygen.

Dickinson continued her reality television fame with appearances on “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” in 2007 and 2009, and furthered her TV stints, by being a guest on “Charmed,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “90210,” and “Celebrity Big Brother.”

Dickinson has written three memoirs, and is married to Dr. Robert Gerner. She has two children from previous relationships.

Dickinson, in 2016, revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

J. Alexander wrote a book.

Alexander Jenkins — known on ANTM and professionally as J. Alexander or Miss J — was a modeling coach, and later a judge, on ANTM from its beginning until 2012, and then back in 2014, then left again two cycles later. Alexander was in 2008’s “Operation Fabulous,” which was a makeover television show. Alexander won a 2009 Teen Choice Awards in the category “Choice Fab-u-lous,” and in 2010, wrote a book titled, “Follow the Model: Miss J’s Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power.”

He has a son named Boris.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Originally posted at BusinessInsider.com

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