Top Models Made in America

Top Models Made in America
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 31, 2008

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It seems like cycle three winner Eva “The Diva” Pigford walks the red carpet just as much as she does the runway. You may have seen this tomboy-turned-glamour doll on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and as the host of BET-J’s “My Model Looks Better Than Your Model.”

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A former receptionist, winner of cycle nine of “America’s Next Top Model,” Saleisha Stowers, is proving why she was not destined to sit behind a desk. Since her win, Saleisha signed with Elite Model Management and L.A. Model Management. She has graced the pages of Seventeen magazine, InTouch Weekly, OK! Magazine and ESSENCE. This top model is taking the catwalk by storm in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Most recently, she walked for designer Pamella Roland at New York Fashion Week spring 2009.

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Eugena rose above the judges’ constant criticism about her lackluster personality. The cycle seven runner-up has been in an array of shows, such as the “Project Runway” finale runway show for Jerrell Scott’s collection as well as Falguni & Shane Peacock and Joseph Domingo runway shows.

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Keenyah Hill saw some serious ups and downs during cycle four of “America’s Next Top Model.” She reportedly confessed to having struggled with her weight during the show. Still, Keenyah made it to the top three before being ousted by Lady Tyra and crew.
Currently, Keenyah is still pursuing her modeling career and we hear has signed with NEXT Modeling Agency, where she has appeared in countless runway shows and print ads.

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Cycle ten contestant Fatima helped raise awareness about circumcised girls in Africa, being one herself. Since then, we have seen the Somalia native in various national magazines and as one of five “ANTM” contestants competing on Tyra’s “Modelville” for a $500,000 modeling contract.

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Save the drama for your mama, or just save it for “America’s Next Top Model.” Cycle nine’s Bianca Golden got a bad rap for her nasty persona and poor attitude, but there wasn’t enough drama in the world that could keep this one down.
Since her run-ins on “Top Model,” Bianca has signed to Major Model Management and has appeared in countless runway shows. This past September, Bianca walked under the fashion tents for the debut of “Project Runway” runner-up Korto Momolu’s New York Fashion Week spring 2009 show. She has also appeared in a number of magazines, including ESSENCE.
You can catch Bianca on Tyra Bank’s new show, “Modelville.”

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Nik Pace of cycle five may not have said much, but her fashion ferociousness spoke for itself. The exotic beauty made it all the way to the finals of “America’s Next Top Model.”

Since the show, Nik reportedly received a contract from Fusion Model Management in New York. You can find this honey goddess on the pages of numerous magazines, including ESSENCE.

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Eliminated in the eighth round of cycle three of “America’s Next Top Model,” Toccara Jones won over judges with her plus-size attributes and towering height. Jones signed with Wilhelmina Models as a plus-size model and has been working both on the runway and on the small screen. She has been booked by many leading publications including ESSENCE and has done commercial work for Target, New York and Company and Ashley Stewart.

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Cycle five contestant Bre Scullark won over “Top Model” judges with her cute dimples and fierce strut. “Top Model” judge and fashion extraordinaire Ms. J even named her walk one of the best in the business.
With that, Miss Bre continues to make moves. She is reportedly signed to Ford Model Management in New York, and has inked ad deals with Soft Sheen Carson and Pantene. Not only has she graced the pages of ESSENCE, but her impressive runway credits now include both Valentino and Nicole Miller.

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ANTM” contestant Felicia Provost was just the fourth girl to be sent home by Tyra on cycle eight back in 2007. Felicia, who at 19 years old was the youngest finalist on the show, hasn’t been in the limelight much since.


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