Andre' Leon Talley Joins "America's Next Top Model" As New Judge

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February 8th, 2010

AMERICA’S Next Top Model” WELCOMES

ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY,

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE FASHION WORLD, AS A NEW JUDGE IN CYCLE 14 OF THE HIT SERIES

LONG-TIME JUDGE MISS J. ALEXANDER

BREAKS FREE FROM THE JUDGES PANEL TO WORK WITH THE THIRTEEN NEW HOPEFULS IN A MENTORING ROLE,

WEEKLY GUEST JUDGES ALSO JOIN THE PANEL

February 8, 2010 (Burbank, California) — AMERICA’S Next Top Model welcomes one of the most influential members of the fashion world, André Leon Talley, as a new judge during cycle 14 of the hit show on The CW.  Thirteen new hopefuls from across the country are given the chance to prove they have what it takes when the competition kicks off with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, March 10 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET).

Talley, who will join Tyra Banks, photographer Nigel Barker and a weekly guest judge on the judges’ panel, is one of the fashion industry’s most influential style-setters.  Currently serving as the editor-at-large of Vogue, Talley is prominent in the world of designer fashion and has a front-row seat to runway shows all over the world.

Miss J. Alexander, long-time judge, breaks free from the judges’ desk to take on a mentoring role during challenges with the models.  “After cycles of watching the girls not get it right, I thought they would benefit more from my ‘high heels’ and hands-on approach than my sitting in a chair judging their photos,” said Alexander.  “And with Andre Leon Talley, this should be the best cycle yet.”

Cycle 14 welcomes a panel of rotating guest judges that include: Sally Hershberger (Salon Owner/Proprietor), Rachel Roy (Runway Fashion Designer), Sean Patterson (President of Wilhelmina Models), Dania Ramirez (CoverGirl Representative), Patricia Cleveland (First African American Supermodel), Ann Shoket (Editor in Chief of Seventeen Magazine), Whitney Port (Star of “The City,” Runway Fashion Designer), Sara Tetro (Owner of 62 Models), Sara McLeod (Actress from “Lord of the Rings”) and “Top Model” photo shoot director Jay Manuel.

“AMERICA’S Next Top Model” CYCLE 14 PARTICIPANTS:

BRENDA

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Age: 23

Occupation: Administrative Assistant

ALASIA

Hometown; Marietta, Georgia

Age: 18

Occupation: Student

NADUAH

Hometown: San Diego, California

Age: 22

Occupation Full-time mother

RAINA

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

TATIANNA

Hometown: Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

GABRIELLE

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Age: 18

Occupation: Student

SIMONE

Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas

Age: 19

Occupation: Student

ANSLEE

Hometown: Dacula, Georgia

Age: 23

Occupation Bar Tender

ANGELEA

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Age: 23

Occupation: Answering Service Operator

JESSICA

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Age: 18

Occupation: Model

ALEXANDRA

Hometown: Kerrville, Texas

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

REN

Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas

Age: 22

Occupation: Living

KRISTA

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 26

Occupation: Retail Manager

The winner of The CW’s AMERICA’S Next Top Model will be managed by Wilhelmina Models, receive a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl and appear on the cover and in a six-page fashion spread of Seventeen magazine.

AMERICA’S Next Top Model is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer along with Ken Mok (“Making the Band”) and Daniel Soiseth (“Hell’s Kitchen”).

 
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