Have you ever watched America’s Next Top Model? Who was your favorite contestant?
The funny thing about ANTM is that most of its contestants rarely had a career in the fashion world. Some have switched to commercial modeling while some on television. Some even opted out of the spotlight to live a normal life although there are a number who have made their way to into a modeling success. So, where are they now?
Adrianne Curry (Cycle 1)
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Adrianne Curry attends the 2nd Annual Comic-Con 2011 “From Dusk ‘Til Con” party.
After becoming the first-ever winner of America’s Next Top Model, Adrianne Curry proved that she is a celebrity by co-starring in a number reality television series Surreal Life (2005) and My Fair Brady (2011), where she stars with her real-life sweetheart Christopher Brady. After the couple split, Adrianne turned her interests in the World of Warcraft and joins cosplays.
Yaya DaCosta (Cycle 3)
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Yaya DaCosta at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
The multilingual dancer from Brown University may have lost to Eva Pigford but she certainly had a bright future with her acting skills from being on movies like Tron: Legacy and In Time. She was also in House, M.D.
Toccara Jones (Cycle 3)
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Toccara Jones at the Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Toccara was the very first plus-size contestant in ANTM and even if she didn’t won the contest, she still was the fan favorite and won five times as ”Covergirl of the Week”. She was also featured in Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp as well as a 14-page spread in Vogue Italia. What’s more, she even released her very own fitness DVD.
Rebecca Epley (Cycle 4)
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Rebecca Epley during the launch of “America’s Next Top Model” in New York City (2009).
After shockingly passing out in front of the judges, Rebecca Epley got married and set out to the Big Apple, where after becoming a successful international model became an agent at a Minnesota modeling agency.
Nicole Linkletter (Cycle 5)
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Nicole Linkletter attends the MAC Pret A Papier Collection (2010).
She may have been immature during the airing of the ANTM’s Cycle 5 but since then, Nicole Linkletter has matured particularly with her modeling career. In fact, she’s been so successful at it that she’s graced the covers and pages of NYLON, Elle, Marie Claire, as well as Forever 21.
Danielle Evans (Cycle 6)
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Danielle Evans attends the Angela Simmons’ PETA campaign in NYC (2011).
No doubt, Danielle Evans deserved to win in the Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model. Even if she was, she effortlessly pulled off of an amazing shot. No wonder she’s successful in her modeling career today from being featured in fashion magazines, such as Elle Girl, Elle, Essence, and In Touch Weekly, to walking the runway.
Jaslene Gonzalez (Cycle 8)
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Jaslene Gonzalez joins the Caravan’s Fashion’s Night Out event in the Big Apple.
The ANTM’s Battle of the Accents was won by Jaslene Gonzalez not because she could walk the walk but because she’s fierce! The now, New York-based Jaslene works as a model, a host, and an actress.
Lisa Jackson (Cycle 9)
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Lisa Jackson at the 2009 Edwing D’Angelo Spring Collection.
Lisa Jackson could’ve been a winner on ANTM’s Cycle 9, if only she was confident enough. On one hand, it was good that she didn’t win because her defeat drove her to become a successful model. Lisa has now become a regular face in the New York Fashion Week. She’s also walked the runway at Betsey Johnson and Pamela Rolland fashion shows.
Fatima Siad (Cycle 10)
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Fatima Siad walks at the 2010 Project Runway fashion show in New York.
Fatima Siad isn’t the typical Top Model alum because she has taken her modeling career to new heights by doing runway shows for Dries Van Noten and Hermés as well as a major campaign with the infamous French designer Hervé Léger.
Katarzyna Dolinska (Cycle 10)
Many of us may have probably thought that Katarzyna Dolinska had the potential of winning the whole competition because of her extraordinary beauty. But no, she didn’t. She didn’t even reach the final three spots of Cycle 10 and that’s due to her lack of personality. But that doesn’t matter now, does it? Katarzyna, also named as “Kat Doll”, became one of the most successful ANTM contestants with appearances in Vogue Australia, Cosmopolitan Greece, Italian Glamour, Women’s Wear Daily.