The shaaaaade of it all…
Winnie Harlow appeared in Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model — but, she didn’t win. However, the model, and outspoken vitiligo advocate, has been winning ever since. So, when she stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” on Tuesday night and told host Andy Cohen that ANTM “really didn’t do anything” for her career, folks were perplexed.
“I really started after the show, ’cause that really didn’t do anything for my career…which, it doesn’t do anything for any model’s career, realistically,” Harlow said. “A photographer from London hit me up—major photographer Nick Knight—and he was like, ‘Hey, I’ve seen your photos online, and I want to do a shoot with you.’ It went viral, and I got campaigns from there, and it hasn’t stopped since.”
No one knew Harlow until ANTM. And those pictures she speaks of were probably post-Cycle 21. But hey, who are we to judge? Winnie got on social media to defend herself saying she was just “speaking her truth”; Well, the truth is, even if she does feel that way, here are 8 Top Model alum who definitely got a career boost from the Tyra Banks-created reality series.
Eva Marcille: Marcille was the winner of Cycle 3. The beautiful mama of two has modeled and appeared in numerous TV shows and she also hosted “Hair Battle Spectacular” on Oxygen. Most recently, she appeared as a friend on the last season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Toccara Jones: Jones finished in 7th place in Cycle 3. The full-figured beauty has modeled for several plus-size lines, and even competed on Celebrity Fit Club twice. She also released a fitness DVD and had her own reality show called “Ultimate Merger” where she was looking for love.
YaYa DaCosta: DaCosta was runner-up in Cycle 3. The multi-hyphenated stunner portrayed Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic Whitney and currently stars on NBC’s Chicago Med.
Don Benjamin: Benjamin finished in 8th place in Cycle 20, the first to have male models. The green-eyed triple threat has since appeared in Ariana Grande’s “Into You” video, modeled for Rocawear, Guess, Moods of Norway, Tilly’s & Pink Dolphin, and is now focused on his rap career.
Isis King: King placed 10th in Cycle 10 and 12th in Cycle 17. She was the first transgender contestant on Top Model and has appeared in the Oxygen series Strut.
Bre Scullark: Scullark finished in 3rd place in Cycle 5 and 10th place in Cycle 17. Bre has found major success commercially, being featured in campaigns for Target, Old Navy, Pantene, and Garnier. She was also featured in Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” video.
Danielle Evans: Now called “Dani”, she was the winner of Cycle 6. Dani has hit the trifecta and found success on the runway, in commercials and even in print such as ELLE, Elle Girl, Jewel Magazine, Essence Magazine, The New York Post, MetroStyle, Venus Magazine, CoverGirl eyewear, and the Tory Burch line for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Fatima Siad: Siad placed 3rd in Cycle 10 and is killing the high fashion game. Shad has appeared in shows for Hermes, Dries Van Noten, Andrew Gn, Moncler Gamme Rogue, Ralph Lauren, and more. She was also the face of Herve Leger in 2012.
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