Such a shameful, guilty pleasure, but yes I am still watching ANTM, and Cycle 19 (seriously!) just wrapped up tonight. This season’s brand new judging panel of Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and Rob Evans crowned the winner of America’s Next Top Model: College Edition…Laura James! The 21-year old model was named the winner over runners-up Kiara Belen and Leila Goldkuhl, both of whom I preferred.
In addition to bragging rights, Laura also won a revamped line-up of prizes. She takes home with her a modeling contract with LA Models & NY Model Management, the opportunity to be the face of the America’s Next Top Model perfume product “Dream Come True”, a spread in Nylon magazine, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, and a $100,000 cash prize.
We at The Backseat Stylers were cheering for Leila all season and were sad to see her end up in 3rd place. Check out Laura’s complete ANTM portfolio below – did she deserve the title of America’s Next Top Model?
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WWD reports that blogger Bryanboy has signed a contract to join the cast of America’s Next Top Model, and has already been tweeting updates about a mysterious move to Los Angeles, where Cycle 19 of the show is due to start filming shortly.
Rumours swirled last month about the possibility of the prominent fashion blogger joining ANTM‘s judging panel after the firings of long-time cast members Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and Nigel Barker. When model Rob Evans and celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek were recently announced as the new judges, along with Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone, I assumed the rumblings about a blogger judge were false. It seems I thought wrong.
Remember how excited I was when the back of my head appeared on an episode of ANTM Cycle 18 for a split second? Bryanboy is pretty much living out my dream right now. So will I we be watching? Damn right I will, so that if he fails, I’ll be ready to take over. Hear that, Tyra?
Bryanboy confirmed the news, tweeting, “Excited with my new role on cycle 19 of America’s next top model”, but has since removed the tweet from his feed. I’m guessing his new boss Tyra gave him the smackdown for tweeting out of turn. He’s since been tweeting non-stop about ANTM filming and his new cast members though, so it must be official!
Image Credit: Bryanboy