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'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 15: Meet the Contestants

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 19th 2010 6:00PM
Tyra BanksIt's hard to believe that we're now on the 15th iteration of 'The Tyra Banks Show' 'America's Next Top Model' -- it's been a long, catfight-filled road since the show's debut in 2003.

To shake things up for 'Top Model's crystal anniversary, this season will focus on all things high fashion. (Does that mean we won't have to hear Tyra complain that the girls are "too commercial," or that we'll hear it even more?) Along with its classed-up image, 'ANTM' has upped the stakes. The winner will now appear on 'Vogue Italia' instead of 'Seventeen.' Maybe it's new judge André Leon Talley's influence?

In advance of the show's Sept. 8 premiere, The CW released a series of videos on its YouTube account yesterday introducing the 14 new contestants to their adoring public. (Side note: Whoa, there are now more cycles than girls competing!) Join us after the jump to take a first look at who's still in the running towards becoming America's Next Top Model.

In alphabetical order, here are the cycle 15 contestants and their official stats, as per The CW's press release. Perhaps a bit unfairly, we'll point you to the videos of our favorites. But hello, this is a competition. We're not here to make friends.

Age: 19
Hometown: Queens, New York
Occupation: Unemployed
Height: 5'10"
Favorite Designer: Alexander Wang
Favorite Shoe: Boot
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Myself
Would Never Wear: Gangstah clothing
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: My boyfriend

Age: 19
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6'2"
Occupation: Student
Favorite Designer: Betsey Johnson
Favorite Shoe: Flats
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Eyeliner
Would Never Wear: Holiday sweaters
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Satellite phone

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Height: 5'10 ¾"
Occupation: Waitress
Favorite Designer: Karl Lagerfield
Favorite Shoe: Ankle boots (high heel, of course)
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Mascara
Would Never Wear: High-water bell bottoms
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Sunscreen
Note: She's got an interesting look -- peruse her video, if you like.

Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Height: 5'10 ½"
Note: For some reason, there wasn't any fun questionnaire info from Chris. That's a shame, because she's clearly got the most personality out of all the ladies (even her sister, Terra, who's also competing). Since we love her so much, take a gander at her video instead.

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 5'9"
Occupation: Student
Favorite Designer: Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, Marc Jacobs
Favorite Shoe: Slippers
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Sweater (the air conditioning is always on and I'm freezing)
Would Never Wear: Hot pants
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Food!

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 5'9"
Occupation: Student
Favorite Designer: Ralph Lauren
Favorite Shoe: Sandals
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Coffee
Would Never Wear: Duke basketball jersey
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Books

Hometown: Palmdale, California
Height: 5'9"
Occupation: Dance Teacher
Favorite Designer: Rocco Barocco
Favorite Shoe: Boots
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Tancho wax stick, razor
Would Never Wear: Pleather catwoman suit
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: My hot comb

Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
Height: 5'9"
Occupation: Waitress
Favorite Designer: Stella McCartney
Favorite Shoe: High heels
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Music
Would Never Wear: Overalls
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Cell phone

Hometown: Northport, Alabama
Height: 5'11"
Occupation: Unemployed
Favorite Designer: Versace
Favorite Shoe: A comfortable one
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: My man
Would Never Wear: Animal print
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Cell phone
Note: She's adorable. Watch her video.

Hometown: Geneva, Illinois
Height: 6'
Occupation: Unemployed
Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs
Favorite Shoe: Toms
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Vaseline (sounds weird but it is helpful!)
Would Never Wear: Hammer pants
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: My best friend
Note: She's kinda kooky, and really smart. But not in that annoying Yale girl way. Perhaps you'd like to see her video?

Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Height: 5'10"
Occupation: Shoe Sales Rep
Favorite Designer: Kimora Lee Simmons
Favorite Shoe: 5" black leather pumps with buckles and straps
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: My eyebrow and/or nose piercing
Would Never Wear: Granny panties
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: My car!

Hometown: San Diego, California
Height: 6'1 ½"
Occupation: World explorin', dance feverin', people lovin', wild child!
Favorite Designer: Viktor & Rolf, Prada, Zac Posen
Favorite Shoe: Whatever it is, its high as hell!
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: My imagination
Would Never Wear: Cheap clothes
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Magic

Hometown: Menifee, California
Height: 5'10"
Occupation: Mother
Favorite Designer: Proenza Schouler
Favorite Shoe: Flip flops
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Lip gloss
Would Never Wear: My grandma's clothing
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Diet Coke

Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Height: 5'8 ½"
Occupation: Unemployed
Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen
Favorite Shoe: Converse
Must-Have Photo Shoot Accessory: Energy drink
Would Never Wear: I have a unique style so I pretty much wear anything.
If Trapped On An Island, Would Bring: Cell phone

Tell us: Who's your favorite new contestant?

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This is so good, I like it.

October 22 2010 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

From the moment that I first saw a photo of her, I felt that Ann had that extra something it takes to be a high fashion model. I think she'll win. She may be awkward to watch and she might not be the most beautiful or personable, but she comes together in front of the camera. It's amazing. She's got the look. If she doesn't win, for some odd reason, it will probably be Kayla, who I also like. And I always love to watch the progression week to week, but hate the drama.

October 19 2010 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the first girls that truly caught my eye during casting week were : kayla and jane ...such beautiful girls....i really think that ann, kayla , liz & rhianna will make it far :) ...totally rooting for kayla

September 19 2010 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm excited that they are not starting with classically pretty girls this time. All of the contestants have an air of strange-beauty about them and I know Tyra and her team will do a fabulous job of turning that strange-beauty into something fierce! For those of you who commented that these are not pretty girls... get a clue.

September 02 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The photos don't do any of them justice; but I really like the videos of Lexie and Chelsey. Obviously, beauty is required - or at least an edgy look, but it's nice to have someone who is pretty but also speaks well.

September 01 2010 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

none of them seem attractive or stunning.

August 19 2010 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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