After the Show

‘America’s Next Top Model’ Winners : Where Are They Now? (PHOTOS)

On the eve of the 20th season of ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ Victoria Kezra on how the winners have fared.

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The 20th season of America’s Next Top Model, a reality show with staggering staying power, kicks off this week. The show, which is debuting a coed format, offers aspiring models a shot at fabulous prizes and the possibility of a career—if they can survive the occasionally dangerous challenges creator-host Tyra Banks comes up with. Some past models have risen to stardom, such as Analeigh Tipton, who has acted in Crazy Stupid Love and Warm Bodies. Some haven’t done as well, like Renee Alway, who was recently arrested after an alleged burglary and armed standoff with police. Victoria Kezra looks back at some of the show’s winners and how they fared after they left reality television.

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Adrianne Curry

Season 1 Winner

 

Adrianne Curry has been pretty busy since being crowned the first winner of America’s Next Top Model in 2003. Two years later, she was featured on The Surreal Life, where she met future husband Christopher Knight (Peter on the classic 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch), and the couple went on to star in their own show, My Fair Brady. (They divorced in 2012.) Curry has appeared in Playboy twice and has been big on the game-show circuit, hosting a show called Ballbreakers and appearing on the Match Game and Family Feud. She’s also let her geek flag fly high, dressing as popular sci-fi characters at conventions.

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Eva Pigford

Season 3 Winner

 

One of the shortest winners in Top Model history—at 5 feet 7 inches, she’s the same height as Nicole Fox, who won the “short girls” season—Eva Pigford was known in her season for her tough attitude and camera presence. After modeling for a bit, she turned to acting and has since had recurring parts in Smallville and The Young and the Restless. She also appeared in the 2007 Chris Rock film I Think I Love My Wife.

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Naima Mora

Season 4 Winner

 

Naima Mora wasn’t typical of models or of reality television contestants. The former ballet dancer was peaceful, with a soft voice and Mohawk that she said reminded her to keep centered. Since she won Top Model, she’s written an ebook memoir, Naima Mora Model Behavior, and recently has concentrated on music. She now sings for a band called Galaxy of Tar, which is working on its second album.

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CariDee English

Season 7 Winner

 

CariDee English was the winner of the blonde showdown of Season 7, risking hypothermia when Tyra Banks insisted the skinny models do a shoot in a freezing pool. Her modeling résumé is long and includes appearances on the covers of Seventeen, Inked, and In Touch. She’s walked for JCPenney and in many fashion weeks. But the bubbly blonde once thought her psoriasis would stop her from modeling. She’s now a spokeswoman for the National Psoriasis Foundation and even attended a congressional briefing on psoriasis to bring awareness to the disease.

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Jaslene Gonzalez

Season 8 Winner

 

This top model was proof of perseverance. She was cut after the semifinals of Season 7 but tried again during casting for the next cycle and won it all. Unlike some of the other Top Model alums, Gonzalez has stayed mostly in the realm of modeling. She’s modeled for US Weekly, In Touch, Vibe Vixen, Seventeen, Time Out, and Latina magazine.

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Saleisha Stowers

Season 9 Winner

 

Saleisha Stowers caused some controversy during her season over a previous appearance in an advertisement for Wendy’s. The show’s rules state that participants can’t have modeled for national campaigns prior to casting, but the producers let Stowers stay in. Since the show’s end, she has modeled for magazines such as In Touch, OK!, and Essence, and walked in several fashion weeks. Like other alums before her, she also has appeared in a daytime TV soap, grabbing a recurring role in All My Children.

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Whitney Thompson

Season 10 Winner

 

The first and only plus-size winner so far, Whitney Thompson has modeled and become a spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorders Association. She shot a CoverGirl commercial with singer Rihanna and has modeled for Target, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Forever 21. In 2009 she launched a line of jewelry and candles called Supermodel. “I’ve tried to make my collection real,” she said. “It’s stuff that I love and I would wear and I’m a supermodel so I was thinking, ‘Hey! Supermodel.’ It’s easy.”

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Teyona Anderson

Season 12 Winner

 

Teyona Anderson has been fairly quiet compared to the other past winners. She claimed her prize package, which included a cover and spread in Seventeen. But though Anderson has walked in a few shows and is still represented by an agency, there hasn’t been much else of note lately.

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Nicole Fox

Season 13 Winner

 

This redhead was the winner of the “short girls” cycle, when the contestants could not be taller than 5 feet 7 inches. Fox pushed it by being exactly that height, but she was far and away the best contestant during her season. She skated to the end, never appearing in the bottom two being considered for elimination. She’s since modeled for Forever 21 and Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line, and also popped up in an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Krista White

Season 14 Winner

 

Krista White won the 2010 cycle of ANTM after working as a retail manager; she has the distinction of being the oldest winner at the ripe old age of 24. White didn’t get along with many of the other girls and wasn’t exactly beloved by the audience for her loud personality, but lately she seems to be doing well. She’s modeled for Betsey Johnson and Nicole Miller, and walked in the BET “Rip the Runway” show.

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Ann Ward

Season 15 Winner

 

One of the most memorable things about this winner was her impossibly tiny waist. During the show, runway coach Miss Jay was able to wrap both his hands around her middle and touch his thumbs together. Ward herself was far from tiny, though, towering over the other girls at 6 feet 2 inches, even without heels. With those stats, it’s no wonder she’s been embraced by the high-fashion community. She’s done a spread in Vogue Italia as part of her prize package, been on the cover of Valet magazine, and walked for Vivienne Westwood.

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Brittani Kline

Season 16 Winner

 

Sometimes reality-show contestants don’t want the recognition they’ve earned. After the show, Brittani Kline chose to go by the name “Autumn” instead and cut her hair to a close crop. “My agency wanted to strip the whole Top Model off me and basically sell me as a model, and not a reality-TV model,” Autumn said in 2011 of the switch-up. It must have worked: she landed a six-page editorial spread in Vogue Mexico as well as her prize, a spread in Vogue Italia.

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Lisa D’Amato

Season 17 Winner

 

Never has a contestant on America’s Next Top Model had such ups and downs as Lisa D’Amato. She was originally a contestant on Season 5 of the show, but failed to reach the end. After her first go-around, D’Amato fell on hard times and ended up on Celebrity Rehab to seek help for her addictions to alcohol and cocaine. She came back for the All Stars season looking better than ever and eventually walked away with the top prize. She’s continued to model, appearing in campaigns for Old Navy, Gap, and Target. She’s also started up a music career with some success, working with LMFAO, 3OH!3, and Hyper Crush.