AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
Cycle 16 Premiere Advance Episode Review
Premiere Airing February 23, 2011
Wednesday nights at 8 PM EST on The CW
February 22, 2011
By Lena Lamoray
THE CW PRESS RELEASE: The CW’s hit series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to the world of high fashion when Cycle 16 premieres on Wednesday, February 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET). Lending their expertise as guest judges during this high fashion cycle are international fashion designer Lana Marks, model/stylist Erin Wasson, stylist Rachel Zoe, Sudanese model and actress Alek Wek, stylist/creative consultant Lori Goldstein, Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, fashion model Sonia Dara, IMG Models executive Ivan Bart, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Brazilian designer Daniella Issa Helayel, and costume designer/stylist Eric Daman (“Gossip Girl”). Fourteen model hopefuls will compete for the ultimate career-launching prize package: a contract with IMG Models, one of the top international modeling management companies in the world; a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and an additional spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue; and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics. Tyra Banks leads the panel of judges, comprised of influential fashion editor André Leon Talley and photographer Nigel Barker. Jay Manuel serves as the photo shoot creative director while Miss J Alexander returns as the runway trainer.
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Cycle 16 Premiere Advance Review, Airing 2/23/2011
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is back and it’s “time to get real”. Cycle 16 not only welcomes in new contestants but also a new format. You will no longer have to wait through auditions to meet your final 14 because they are presented in the premiere. Tyra opens the show by giving a demo of the typical audition process and puts her acting skills to the test. I am reminded of how much I hate watching auditions. I really enjoyed the new format and being able to dive right in and pick out my favorites. I’ve watched almost every season of the show and I am pretty good at picking out the winners. Yoanna House has been my favorite so far.