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America's Next Top Model Star Dies at 34

Jael Strauss had breast cancer

(Newser) - A former America's Next Top Model star died Tuesday at age 34, just two months after revealing she had breast cancer. Jael Strauss, who competed on the show in 2007 , announced in October that she had been diagnosed with incurable stage 4 breast cancer on Oct. 2. On Thanksgiving,... More »

2014 Top Model Contestant Dead in Triple Murder

Mirjana Puhar found dead, 19-year-old has been charged

(Newser) - A former America's Next Top Model contestant was found dead Tuesday alongside her boyfriend and another man, and a third man has been charged in the murders. Sources tell TMZ a friend of 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jonathan Alvarado, went to Alvarado's Charlotte, NC, home... More »

Tyra's Apology Is BS: Janice Dickinson

Says Banks definitely saw Top Model promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is full of it, says Janice Dickinson. Banks, who recently apologized for an America’s Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over an ultra-skinny model, claimed she hadn’t seen the spot before it aired. BS, claims Dickinson, a former Top Model judge. “... More »

Tyra: Skinny Girls Have It Tough, Too

But she apologizes for the tiny-waist promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks apologized for a controversial America's Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over a super-skinny model, but says she wants to expand "the definition of beauty—EVERY kind of beauty"—including the extremely tall, thin kind. The model in the promo "was... More »

Tyra Banks Loves Super-Skinny Model

Maybe it's deceptive editing, but it sends the wrong message

(Newser) - Tyra Banks may have once famously told her body critics to kiss her fat ass …but now she appears to be quite enamored with a ridiculously skinny America’s Next Top Model contestant. “Obviously the footage has been cut, so maybe what Tyra really likes about her is... More »

20 Reality Shows With Awful Prizes

Fame? Money? Marriage? Think again

(Newser) - Before you bust out your Michael Jackson impression for a shot at $1 million on America’s Got Talent, consider this: That $1 million is actually $375,000. Unless, of course, you want to take $25,000—before taxes—per year for 40 years. The Daily Beast tells the truth... More »

Nine Best Reality TV Hissy Fits

Kate Gosselin isn't even the worst

(Newser) - Kate Gosselin is the latest in a long line of “celebrities” throwing temper tantrums on national television. E! rounds up eight more reality show meltdowns—watch the videos in the gallery:
  • Kenley Collins, Project Runway: She flips out when judges say her final creation looks like a “pink
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Walk the Runway Like a Pro

America's Next Top Model's Miss J teaches a reporter a thing or two

(Newser) - J. Alexander—otherwise known as Miss J, the 6’4" drag-dressing America’s Next Top Model judge—has been coaching models on how to rock the runway for almost 20 years. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times takes a lesson and offers a few tips:
  • Develop your own style:
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Designer Sentenced to 59 Years for Sex Crimes

Alexander lured victims to his home with promises of modeling work

(Newser) - A fashion designer has been sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles, AP reports. Anand Jon Alexander, 35, was convicted of 14 crimes, including forcible rape. His victims ranged in age from 14 to 21. Alexander, who has been... More »

New Craigslist Lesson: Don't Rent to Reality Stars

(Newser) - Although not fatal, renting out your pad to a reality star babe through Craigslist can be destructive, Gawker reports. A tipster says she rented out her apartment to America's Next Top Model contestant CariDee English and her beau, and returned home 2 weeks later to witness the remains: "... More »

Teyona Wins Top Model; Porizkova Fired

Porizkova announces departure on Late Late Show

(Newser) - Though America’s Next Top Model crowned its latest winner last night, it also made headlines the previous evening when judge Paulina Porizkova announced she’d been fired, the Chicago Tribune reports. Teyona Anderson, 20, won the show, overcoming comments that she wasn’t telegenic, the New York Post reports.... More »

Banks 'Concerned' by Top Model Melee

Working with NYPD to determine what happened

(Newser) - America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks responded—somewhat vaguely—to the weekend’s audition stampede but said she does not know what triggered the incident, CNN reports. “We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call,... More »

Bomb Scare Sparks Melee at Top Model Auditions

Mob stampedes; 2 hospitalized, 3 jailed for inciting a riot

(Newser) - A smoking car mistaken for a bomb sparked a high-heeled stampede among thousands of women awaiting Manhattan auditions for America's Next Top Model yesterday, reports the New York Daily News. Six were injured and three jailed for inciting a riot. "The girls were running like it was 9/11 Part... More »

Banks Will Pay for Top Model Contestant's Sex Change

'This is not happening,' cries Isis King

(Newser) - Tyra Banks shocked a former America's Next Top Model contestant by offering to pay for her sex change, the New York Daily News reports. Transgendered Isis King, booted off the show for flunking a poolside photo shoot, was stunned when Banks said a doctor will operate pro bono. "This... More »

Transgender Woman Competes on Top Model

Isis was born a male

(Newser) - The new season of America's Next Top Model will include a transgender contestant, US Weekly reports. "My cards were dealt differently," says Isis, 22. The former receptionist from Maryland identifies herself as "a woman born physically male." The president of a gay advocacy group says the... More »

Tyra Says It: She 'Wants Power'

Host of 2 TV shows produces a third to 'instill self-esteem in young girls'

(Newser) - The supermodel who hosts two TV shows and sits front-row center at fashion galas insists she is frugal and unhip, but ambitious. "I want power,” 34-year-old Tyra Banks says in a New York Times profile. “The power to make change.” Savvy and outrageous, the follower of... More »

Top Model Argument Leads to Stabbing

Woman who wouldn't stop talking during show now in hospital

(Newser) - A Seattle woman allegedly attacked an acquaintance who refused to stop talking loudly over an airing of America's Next Top Model, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The ensuing scuffle got bloody when the upset attacker pulled a paring knife from an apple and stabbed the 42-year-old victim in the chest and... More »

Tyra, Hillary Dish About Bill

Clinton: 'I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton talked about her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky during a taping of The Tyra Banks Show yesterday, People reports. No tears were shed (it's New York, not New Hampshire), and Clinton said she "never doubted Bill’s love for me, ever." Asked to offer advice to... More »

Hair Alert: Best and Worst on TV

Entertainment Weekly rolls out the best and worse hair on television

(Newser) - What's TV for, if not an excellent opportunity to mock celebrity hairstyles? Entertainment Weekly readers selected the best and worst: Hair-Do Top Five:
  1. Chloe (Allison Mack), "Smallville"
  2. Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), "Heroes"
  3. Karen (Natalie Zia), "Dirty Sexy Money"
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'Top Model' Draws Focus to Asperger's

Reality TV contestant with disorder becomes a viewer favorite

(Newser) - Although she has been eliminated from "America's Top Model," contestant Heather Kuzmich, a consistent viewer favorite, continues to bring attention to Asperger's syndrome. Kuzmich, who has the neurological disorder, says she hopes to keep modeling and become a spokesperson for others with the condition, the New York Times... More »

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