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What would you do to become
America's Next Top Model? For one, you have to look the part.
Then you have to sacrifice your being to a 24/7 commitment.
More than that, you have to walk the walk and talk the talk.
But most of all, it's a game of
surviving your roommates... all of whom want it just as bad as
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Tyra Banks
Judges: Tyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker,
Creator: Tyra Banks
EP: Tyra Banks, Ken Mok
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"What the Divas are
Doing Now" - March 1
Last season, 23 had the best series yet of America's
Next Top Model. So good, in fact, that we are getting a
Where Are They Now? on the past season's cast before we
open up the new season of models. Without further ado,
let's see what there women are doing before we look at
the new season, in a show subtitled "What the Divas are
Tyra starts the special off by going through a recap of
the season, showcasing the ladies. We go back to the
finals, where Eva recaps how her first thought was that
her mom was going to be proud of her. After the final
show aired, Eva went on a whirlwind of radio and
television shows, adding that her highlight was being on
Regis and meeting her new 'Family', Ford models. She
talks about being idolized and how little girls will
look up to you. 'My job is to be that positive role
model and that positive example for the little girls.'
Eva talks about how the show was a reality check and how
she has been able to improve her relations with her
people and her family. We'll be continuing with the
journey of Eva, but now we continue with...
Ann - The athlete who was 'best friends' with Eva, until
her little firestorm which cost her (and almost cost
Eva) the competition. She says that she has made up with
her, and says that she will give Eva her 100% support
(and tears up while saying this). We get video of them
doing press conferences post the show and she is
thankful for the exposure. We see s bio of her love for
water sports as her mom explains how she went very far
by being tough. She added that the modeling part is much
tougher than she thought - but she says that she made it
to the top 4, which is important for her. After being
contacted by Elite Models in NYC, she is moving there to
see what happens next.
Amanda - The blonde women struggling for her eyesight
who has a 2 year old son. She talked about being stuck
on the side of a mountain and not doing anything, so the
idea of modeling (which is something that she has always
wanted to do) was a great idea to her. Her parents talk
about her eye condition - and how that hasn't stopped
her. She talk about how her son didn't realize that she
was leaving and how it was always on her mind. After the
show, she took another trip around NYC - but after
hearing about Eli's sickness, she realizes that Eli is
more important than the business. She says that being in
magazines and making money isn't as important as being
with her son, so we get the impression that she is,
right now, with Eli instead of in the modeling business.
It seems like Tyra and the judges fears of Amanda not
being able to handle the regiment that the models have
to deal with was right on the money...
Next up - as you know, for the first time in the series,
there were two African-American women in the finals. The
other woman who was not named Eva was Yaya, who got over
her dermatological issues to win 5 competitions. She's
been on Eve (like ANTM, also on UPN) and she did a shoot
with Essence Magazine and a fashion line for Isaac
Mizrahi. She loves the modeling - but she also loves
teaching the kids, which she is still doing by working
for her mom at the Montessori Schools in NYC. She
teaches English, Spanish and French and they have
Thursday discussions about the show to try to teach the
children. Yaya enjoyed the Japan tea service, which
ironically was one of the thins that almost eliminated
her from the show. After hearing from her dad Awolowo
Johnson, we see Yaya dance, model and say that she is
going to embrace the opportunities that are given her.
We quickly pan to Kristi, who talks abut how cut-throat
the competition is. Even when the show ended, they had
the press asking the contestants who were the best
looking. Kristi, and ANTM2 contestants Shandi, Mercedes
and Catie recreated a photo shoot from Sex in the City
for fun, but right now, she is taking classes at NYC in
play directing. She wants to be both in front of the
camera and behind it - and that seems to be a very smart
Jennipher says that the show was one of the most
stressful things that she ever did. The hair cutting and
dying it to be blonde was torture for her, but she says
that the move to New York was wonderful and it opened
her eyes, as her home state of Idaho is not exactly a
hot bed of model scouts. She is currently in New York
pursuing the model dream.
Nicole was another person who came a long way (North
Dakota) to be on the show. She says that she needs to
stand out more, and due to how she was eliminated, she
decided that acting was more of her forte. She had put
modeling on the back-burner for now to see if she can
hit it in tinsel town.
Back to Eva, who realized that she made it once a
reporter from People Magazine showed her a pin-up of her
within the magazine. She is in the montage between Queen
Latifah and Molly Sims. She screams with delight as she
is the latest Cover Girl.
Cassie decided to go back to her old life - but with a
new attitude. She decided to quit her stripping job that
she had as she goes to back to her Oklahoma campus. CJ,
who is her boyfriend, is very supportive - but they both
agree that modeling is more important than love for
right now. She takes the NY model tour - and she is
still getting the 'big hip' issue that plagued her
during the show (well, what do you know, those wacky
model judges were right). She insists that she does NOT
have bulimia, and adds that she is on a low carb diet
that will get her to shed those pounds. It sounds like
she is in a much better place now than where she was.
Tyra asks what the definition of beauty is, and with
that we turn to Toccara. Unlike almost everyone else,
she has had no problem getting modeling gigs, as she
lands her first one with Ashley Stewart. She gets a lot
of praise from the first session, and she takes the joy
and brings it back home for a family reunion. We find
out where she gets her full-figure from - her mom, Loni
Rutledge, who throws everything into her omelettes.
After breakfast, Toccara hits Los Angeles for a gig on
Entertainment Tonight. She continues to get modeling and
acting gigs, and it seems like she has really taken
almost complete full advantage of her opportunity.
From almost there to barely got a taste of it,
Magdalena, the first person cut, went back to school.
She says that being eliminated first sucks, but says
that it could help her get her foot in the door when she
graduates from college later on this year.
Then there's Julie - who's dream wasn't really to be a
model, but a clothing designer. She admits that she
should have kept her mouth shut about her apparel
company, adding that her friends have called her an
idiot for saying it. She is finishing up her degree at
Belleville Community College, then she plans to get an
internship in NYC for a manufacturing company and doing
modeling on the side. "America - this is not the last
you've seen of Curry Mama"
Leah is the 'soccer mom' and she didn't like to be cut
while America is watching. She is pursuing a modeling
industry career and she does have a contract with
Hometown Honeys. As we see her pose in very... uh...
revealing clothing for FHM, she says that the change she
had in ANTM was very positive.
Leah moved to NYC - along with roommate Ann. Jennipher
and Cassie has joined them as they are all roommates -
and this time, they are all supporting themselves to do
well. They show clips of them living together, adding
that they don't have a lot of money and they live in a
dive as they try to make it. If UPN decides that they
could make money and get ratings seeing their struggles,
I smell spin-off.
Back to Eva. We see a back clip with her acting with
Taye Diggs. We turn this into acting, as we see her
acting in Kevin Hill. Director Milan Cheylov was
impressed with her - so impressed that they are bringing
her back for future roles.
Someone who didn't find the acting gig too fun was
Norelle - but she loved the modelling part. She got to
the final 5 and the trip showed her that she is much
better than she thought. She is now working for Nous
Models as owner Kenya Knight raves about her. They have
sent her back to the Asian environment, because they
thought she would be big there. We get scenes of her
struggling in Japan and her balancing issues, but Kenya
loved her spirit, and that's what got her the gig. She
is still working there.
Perhaps the woman who got the most abuse was Kelle. She
said that she learned a lot about herself - including
that people see her for her background as well as her
looks. She now goes to Hunter and maintains an online
art gallery. As for the modeling part, she has done a
photo shoot for Source Magazine and is continuing to
pursue that on the side.
We end this with the journey for Eva. We see her at
Fashion Week meeting Mark Bauer and celebrating with
Yaya and Ann. All of them perform for Bauer, who is
excited to use the latest talent. Eva also got a shoot
with El as she says that her dreams have come true. She
adds that she never realized that she could achieve this
and the tears start flowing. AwwwwBarf.
We end this with Tyra saying that Eva is a star - but we
have more women who want to be a star. Who are they?
Join us in 24 hours to find out.