Do you know what made us “smize” this morning? The CW released a first look photo of the new cast for “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 16! The series returns Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET.
Pictured above, from left: Dominique, Kasia, Brittani, Monique, Mikaela, Angelia, Hannah, Dalya, Nicole, Sara, Alexandria, Ondrei, Jaclyn and Molly.
On first look, it’s a pretty diverse group. We noticed that most of the models are 23 or younger. But, there is a 26-year-old in the bunch: Kasia. Get ready to hear the “this is my last chance” stories.
The fourteen women will compete once again for the “high fashion” package of a contract with IMG Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and a spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue, plus a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.
Host Tyra Banks, Vogue fashion editor Andr� Leon Talley, photographer Nigel Barker, photo shoot creative director Jay Manuel and runway trainer Miss J Alexander will be joined by this Cycle’s “high fashion” guest judges, including expecting mom, stylist Rachel Zoe, Sudanese model and actress Alek Wek, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, and costume designer/stylist for “Gossip Girl,” Eric Daman.
Meet the Cycle 16 models:
Name: AlexandriaAge: 21Height: 5′ 10″Hometown: Newport Beach, CaliforniaCurrent Location: Huntington Beach, CaliforniaOccupation: Currently unemployedFavorite Designer: Karl LagerfeldBiggest ANTM Fear: Accidentally falling or doing something embarrassing while modeling.Most Confident About: My drive to never give up on what I want.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Adventures in new places. I love snowboarding, hiking, surfing, cliff-diving, hanging out with my sister and any of my five brothers.Name: AngeliaAge: 20Height: 5′ 10″Hometown: Landstuhl, GermanyCurrent Location: Pembroke Pines, FloridaOccupation: College student, studying Marine BiologyFavorite Designer: Vera WangBiggest ANTM Fear: Getting along with the other models, and not making it past the casting week.Most Confident About: My unique look.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love going to the beach and snorkeling in Key West. I also love snowboarding, rollerblading, fishing and swimming. And of course, dancing!Name: BrittaniAge: 19Height: 5′ 10 �”Hometown: Beech Creek, PennsylvaniaCurrent Location: Howard, PennsylvaniaOccupation: College student, studying English, International Studies and SpanishFavorite Designer: Marc JacobsBiggest ANTM Fear: Living in the house with the other models.Most Confident About: My walk. The runway is my favorite part of the modeling world.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love dancing, and any form of artistic expression, including collages, painting and crafts. Also reading, writing and being with friends and family.Name: DalyaAge: 21Height: 5′ 9″Hometown: Clear Lake, TexasCurrent location: Corona, CaliforniaOccupation: Currently unemployedFavorite Designer: A tie between Alexander McQueen and Giambattista ValliBiggest ANTM Fear: Having the judges misunderstand me.Most Confident About: I am most confident in my ability to work any runway you put me on!Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with my friends, shopping and reading. But I’m forever in model mode!Name: DominiqueAge: 23Height: 5′ 9″Hometown: Houston, TexasCurrent location: Houston, TexasOccupation: College graduate with a degree in MarketingFavorite Designer: Stacey Bendet’s Alice & Olivia Clothing lineBiggest ANTM Fear: Not knowing what to expect.Most Confident About: I’m most confident about my walk.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with family and friends. And you can find me at a local museum, bookstore or window-shopping. I also love to dance and go to the theater when I can.Name: HannahAge: 20Height: 5’10”Hometown: Houston, TexasCurrent location: Austin, TexasOccupation: College student majoring in Photo-Communications.Favorite Designer: John GallianoBiggest ANTM Fear: That I might come across as a ditz.Most Confident About: My personality, my sense of style and my ability to make friends easily.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography, stop-animation and film. I like to write and doodle.Name: JaclynAge: 20Height: 5′ 10″Hometown: Belton, TexasCurrent location: Belton, TexasOccupation: Waitress and college studentFavorite Designer: ValentinoBiggest “ANTM” Fear: Having to do any sort of modeling with a shark!Most Confident About: Being myself and the person my parents raised me to be.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to be outdoors! Hiking, rock climbing and sailing on our lake here in Belton — I love all sports. Go Steelers! Go Spurs, Go!Name: KasiaAge: 26Height: 5′ 9″Hometown: Wheaton, IllinoisCurrent location: New York, New YorkOccupation: College graduate with a degree in JournalismFavorite Designer: Marc Jacobs, among many othersBiggest ANTM Fear: That being myself won’t be enough.Most Confident About: I am most confident about my high fashion look.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love taking acting classes and reading anything I can get my hands on about films, acting and directing. I also go to a lot of art museums, exhibits and shows in New York City.Name: MikaelaAge: 21Height: 5′ 9″Hometown: Boca Raton, FloridaCurrent location: Boca Raton, FloridaOccupation: College Student, studying theaterFavorite Designer: A tie between Roberto Cavalli and Calvin KleinBiggest ANTM Fear: Not making it into the house. I don’t want to let myself or anyone else down.Most Confident About: I am definitely confident about my runway walk.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to make short films with my friends. I can spend the entire day at the movies with my boyfriend. And I hang out with my family a lot!Name: MollyAge: 22Height: 5′ 10″Hometown: Charleston, South CarolinaCurrent location: Charleston, South CarolinaOccupation: College student, studying biologyFavorite Designer: Alexander McQueenBiggest ANTM Fear: Not getting along with everyone.Most Confident About: Definitely the photo shoots.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love watching movies and TV shows, reading, swimming and shopping.Name: MoniqueAge: 19Height: 5′ 11″Hometown: Hebron, IllinoisCurrent location: Pell Lake, IllinoisOccupation: College student and waitress at a sports barFavorite Designer: Dolce & GabannaBiggest ANTM Fear: Tripping and falling over.Most Confident About: I am most confident about being in front of the camera.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Lately, all I’ve been doing is snowboarding and working out. I enjoy anything with music and I love art. And, of course, bubble baths.Name: NicoleAge: 20Height: 5′ 11″Hometown: Orlando, FloridaCurrent location: Orlando, FloridaOccupation: College studentFavorite Designer: A tie between Al
exander Wang and BalmainBiggest ANTM Fear: That the other girls might be overly dramatic and mean.Most Confident About: I am confident that I can handle criticism well.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to shop, look at fashion editorials and read books about the brain. And working out – it releases my stress!Name: OndreiAge: 18Height: 5′ 7″Hometown: Atlanta, GeorgiaCurrent location: Muskegon, MichiganOccupation: Currently working in a retail clothing storeFavorite Designer: Betsey Johnson. I love her clothing and the way her colors go from loud to chic and the style is so free-spirited.Biggest ANTM Fear: That people won’t see my true potential to become a model.Most Confident About: I am confident that I leave my mark in people’s eyes and hearts.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography and writing poetry.Name: SaraAge: 18Height: 5′ 10″Hometown: Rio Grand Valley, TexasCurrent location: Edinburg, TexasOccupation: College student with two part-time jobsFavorite Designer: Betsey JohnsonBiggest ANTM Fear: That I won’t be able to articulate what I am feeling and thinking, and that I won’t improve throughout the competition.Most Confident About: I am absolutely confident in my ability to stay grounded and remain true to myself and where I cam from.Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I’m really involved with Planned Parenthood activities on our campus. I go dancing with all my friends on weekends.
What are your first impressions?