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[01/28/09 - 10:00 AM]
America's Next Top Model Returns with an All-New Cycle and 13 New Hopefuls on Wednesday, February 25 on the Cw
Plus: details are released on the 13 latest participants.

[via press release from The CW]

"AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL" RETURNS WITH AN ALL-NEW CYCLE AND 13 NEW HOPEFULS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 ON THE CW

January 28, 2009 (Burbank, California) � The CW�s hit series AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL returns for cycle 12 with 13 finalists from across the country fighting to make their dreams of becoming a top model a reality on Wednesday, February 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) with encore performances on Fridays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

"AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL" CYCLE 12 PARTICIPANTS:

Name: ALLISON

Age: 20

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Occupation: Artist

Name: AMINAT

Age: 21

Hometown: Union, New Jersey

Occupation: Student

Name: CELIA

Age: 25

Hometown: Cynthiana, Kentucky

Occupation: Designer Fashion Sales

Name: FO

Age: 19

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Occupation: Student

Name: ISABELLA

Age: 19

Hometown: Barboursville, Virginia

Occupation: Aspiring Model

Name: JESSICA

Age: 18

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida

Occupation: Student

Name: KORTNIE

Age: 24

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Occupation: Non-Profit Organizer

Name: LONDON

Age: 18

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Occupation: Student

Name: NATALIE

Age: 19

Hometown: Palos Verdes, California

Occupation: Student

Name: NIJAH

Age: 18

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California

Occupation: Aspiring Model

Name: SANDRA

Age: 19

Hometown: Rockville, Maryland

Occupation: Student

Name: TAHLIA

Age: 18

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Occupation: Student

Name: TEYONA

Age: 20

Hometown: Woodstown, New Jersey

Occupation: Loss Prevention Representative

During this cycle, the 13 participants live together and ferociously vie for the grand prize, competing in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp. The participants� abilities are tested each week as they strive to master the runway and fashion photo shoots, perfect publicity skills and learn the business aspects of becoming a supermodel, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL cameras. Throughout the series, supermodel Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manuel, and runway guru J. Alexander mentor the participants.

Banks leads the panel of AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts. The panel consists of supermodel Paulina Porizkova, along with photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander, who closely evaluate the progress of the models to narrow the field each week. In addition, special guest judges appear to critique the participants within his or her area of expertise.

The winner of The CW's AMERICA�S NEXT TOP MODEL will be managed by Elite Model Management. She also receives a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Finally, the winner will appear on the cover and six-page fashion spread in 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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· AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (VH1)
· HELL'S KITCHEN (FOX)
· MAKING THE BAND (MTV)





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