For “America’s Next Top Model” fans, the pop culture landscape is like one big “Where’s Waldo?” book — where will a familiar face pop up next?

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The most recent one was an uncredited appearance on HBO’s hit new drama “Westworld,” but there is a long and varied history of former Tyra proteges showing up where you least expect them to.

‘Queen Bees’ in the house

Yoanna House, Cycle 2 winner, went on to host a TeenNick reality show called “Queen Bees,” which brought together seven “mean girls” to try to reform them from their biting ways.

Bonus points: One of the mean girls was none other than Stassi Schroeder — who has starred on Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” since 2013. Reality TV synergy!

The greatest job of all

YaYa DaCosta, runner-up of Cycle 3, went on to quite the acting career, including playing Whitney Houston herself for the Lifetime biopic. She now has a recurring role on NBC’s “Chicago Med.”

Shawty got low

Eva Marcille (born Eva Pigford), the Cycle 3 winner, recurred on “The Young & the Restless” — but perhaps more notably, she dated Flo Rida for two years.

Oliver’s queen

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Cassandra Whitehead, who famously quit Cycle 5 in 11th place because her makeover haircut was so traumatic, married “Arrow” star Stephen Amell in December 2012. She’s also guest-starred on several TV shows, including “CSI,” Mad Men” and “One Tree Hill.”

DIY stardom

Joanie Dodds, Cycle 6 runner-up, became a licensed contractor and was a co-host/carpenter for the DIY Network show “Run My Renovation” for four seasons.

Carrey on, ladies

Anchal Joseph (Cycle 7 7th place) and Natalya Galkina (Cycle 8 runner-up) have both dated Jim Carrey. Random.

Kome out and play

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Eugena Washington, who took third place in Cycle 7, is not only the face of the Kardashian Kollection for Sears, but was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in December 2015 and Playmate of the Year for 2016.


Saleisha Stowers, winner of Cycle 9, now stars on “Days of Our Lives” as Lani Price, the long-lost daughter of longtime Salem PD office and now city mayor Abe Carver (James Reynolds). Stowers has been off the show for a few months, but she’s returning in 2017.


Claire Unabia, 8th place in Cycle 10, was surprised to see herself on HBO’s “Westworld.” Turns out the photograph of a woman in New York seen throughout Season 1 is a Getty stock photo and Unabia had no idea her photo was being used on the new drama — but she tells the Huffington Post it’s “so cool.”

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“Hopefully I can come back to life on the show as a host,” she adds.


This one is interesting, as it actually happened prior to “America’s Next Top Model,” but did you know Allison Harvard, a runner-up in both Cycle 12 and Cycle 17, is the Creepy Chan girl from the 4chan meme? It started with photos of Harvard highlighting her enormous eyes with black eyeliner, posing as a broken babydoll, and other creepy shoots. She later posted happier photos online and her nickname was changed to “Cute Chan.”

If life gives you lemons …

Chantelle “Winnie Harlow” Young, 6th place from Cycle 21, appeared in Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” in 2016. Lucky girl.

From Tyras to tiaras

Mame Adjei, Cycle 22 runner-up, was fourth runner-up in the 2015 Miss USA pageant, representing the great state of Maryland.

“America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 23 premieres Monday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."