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27th Dec, 2003 - Tyra Visits Injured U.S. Soldiers
Spc. Peter May and the rest of injured soldiers have been treated like heroes. Celebrities including comedian Dennis Miller, model Tyra Banks and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus have paid visits, as have Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Vice President Dick Cheney. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by earlier this fall before he took office. Bush visited recently, praising its patients as "defenders of our country" and "champions of freedom."

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24th Dec, 2003 - Sunna Wants To Be The Next Tyra Banks
Sunna began her career in modelling in July 2003 when she placed third in the Jamaican Fashion Model Competition staged by Pulse. She grew up in the Burnt Savanna District in Westmoreland but lives in Kingston with an adopted mother and sister.

Sunna wants to be the next Tyra Banks, who is her inspiration for modelling. Her biggest fan is her younger brother who cuts her pictures out of the newspaper and brags about her to his friends.

"I want to be one of the biggest supermodels in the world. I want to be the next Tyra Banks, I admire her."
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23rd Dec, 2003 - Christmas Day On VH1
Totally Gay 1 @ 1 A.M. A fast-paced clip-based look at how homosexuality has "come out" in the world of entertainment: Melissa Etheridge, John Waters, Hal Sparks, Tyra Banks, Sandra Bernhard, Gina Gershon and Jordan Knight. From World of Wonder Productions.
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22nd Dec, 2003 - Mom, stripper vie for 'Top Model'
A mom, a stripper (but not the kind you're thinking of) and a handful of food-service employees will be among the women vying for the title of "America's Next Top Model."

UPN's model competition, which scored pretty solid ratings in its first go-round last summer, returns for a second season on Jan. 13. Twelve women will be vying for a modeling contract and other prizes this time around, up from 10 in the first cycle.

The stripper in question is actually a wire stripper - as in electrician - named Catie Anderson, an 18-year-old from Willmar, Minn. She's one of two 18-year-olds in the competition; the others range in age from 21 to 25.

As with the first go-round, the finalists will live together in a fab New York pad and be put through a series of model-related tasks, from mastering a catwalk-worthy strut to conducting themselves well in interviews. The winner receives a contract with IMG Models and photo shoots for Sephora and Jane magazine.

Creator Tyra Banks and Janice Dickinson will return as judges for the second season, but Kimora Lee Simmons and Beau Quillian are out. Replacing them are fashion photographer Nigel Barker and Eric Nicholson, senior fashion editor of Jane.
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20th Dec, 2003 - Season Premiere Video Preview
Check out the season premiere video preview for "America's Next Top Model: Season 2" at the official UPN website. Also, the entire website for the new season has been put up.
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20th Dec, 2003 - America's Top Model Contestants Revealed
"America's Next Top Model," UPN's hit dramality series featuring world-renowned supermodel Tyra Banks, returns for a second cycle of 10 episodes with an all new group of women fiercely competing for their chance at a grand prize package that includes a modeling contract.

During this cycle, the competition is tougher with 12 participants who will struggle to demonstrate both inner and outer beauty as they master complicated cat walks, intense physical fitness, fashion photo shoots and perfect publicity skills, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the "America's Next Top Model" cameras.

This season's models are:

Jenascia Chakos (21)
Waitress
Burien, Washington

Mercedes Scelba-Shorte (21)
Waitress
Valencia, California

Shandi Sullivan (21)
Services Clerk
Kansas City, Missouri

April Wilkner (23)
Account Executive
Miami Beach, Florida

Xiomara Frans (25)
Bartender
Morganville, New Jersey

Heather Blumberg (18)
Customer Service Representative
Moreno Valley, California

Yoanna House (23)
Babysitter/Clothing Designer Assistant
Jacksonville, Florida

Camille McDonald (25)
Student
Mamaroneck, New York

Catie Anderson (18)
Wire stripper (Electrician)
Willmar, Minnesota

Sara Racey-Tabrizi (22)
Restaurant Hostess
Seattle, Washington

Bethany Harrison (22)
Waitress
Houston, Texas

Anna Bradfield (24)
Housewife
LaGrange, Georgia

America's Next Top Model: Season 2 Premieres Tuesday, January 13 @ 9 pm on UPN.
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20th Dec, 2003 - America's Next Top Model January 13 Preview
Supermodel Tyra Banks welcomes 12 aspiring models to New York City by uncorking a breathtaking surprise right from the get-go that immediately sends the competition into full throttle.

The stress overwhelms one model, who screws up in the first ten minutes. One model is abandoned by the others, and controversy surrounds another competitor, who is forced off the set of a provocative nude photo shoot. One of the 12 models is eliminated.

America's Next Top Model Premieres 9 pm, Tuesday, January 13 on UPN.
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20th Dec, 2003 - Tyra Searches for 'America's Next Top Model'
"America's Next Top Model" returns for round two of the high-stakes, high-fashion competition with 12 new participants on Tuesday, Jan 13, at 9 p.m. on UPN. "Model" was a sleeper hit for the network last summer, racking up numbers that surprised everyone, including producer/supermodel Tyra Banks.

"I knew it would be successful because I am a perfectionist," she tells ET. "I was in that editing bay every single day, seven days a week, especially at the end. I knew it would be successful, I knew people would like it, but I didn't know it would be so phenomenal and that it would have these die-hard fans."

On tonight's ET, we are exclusively with Tyra and her 12-wannabe models as they begin filming the competition for the second round in New York City aboard the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.

"Their very first day is going to be a helluva surprise and only the strong survive," Tyra says of this first fashion show, for which the dazzling dozen have had no training. "I will be looking for confidence. I could care less how they walk, but if they feel like they are walking great, that to me is an A+, and that is what I am looking for."

Despite the success that the first round of the modeling competition enjoyed with Adrianne Curry, Shannon Stewart, Elyse Sewell, and Robin Manning, Tyra expects a bit more from the ladies this time out. For round two, none of the would-be models were discovered walking down the street. These 12 want to be there and, since the show aired last season, Tyra expects them to show up with some knowledge of the modeling world.

The new group is diverse, and includes a plus-sized model, a short model, one that is half Caucasian, half Filipino, one from the Middle East, one that is Afro-Latina, and one who is half Mexican.

"The first season I wanted a short model, but I couldn't find one that was strong enough," Tyra explains. "If you have a girl that is only 5-feet, six-inches, facially she has to be so strong that she can stand up to the [taller] girls."

As a result of the success of the first "America's Next Top Model," the second group of women will be competing for a more significant reward package. It includes a management contract from IMG Models (an international model management firm that represents Tyra, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen), the cover of the Sephora catalogue, plus the winner's first guaranteed fashion spread will be to pose in Jane magazine.

So what can Tyra tell us about the winner? Mum 's the word! The supermodel explains that last time, she didn't even tell her mother.

"My mother didn't know from week to week who was getting the axe, or who was going to win," shares Tyra, who was offered $100 bribes by fans to spill the beans. "That made it more fun for me."
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20th Dec, 2003 - Shake Your Body Info
"For the second installment of "America's Next Top Model," producer Rodney Jerkins has penned a theme song, "Shake Your Body," which will be sung by host Tyra Banks. The reality series premieres January 13 on UPN."
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14th Dec, 2003 - Victoria's Secret Fashion Show To Re-Air
"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," featuring some of the world's leading supermodels, including Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Gisele Bundchen, will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN. (Originally broadcast 11/19/03 on the CBS Television Network)

Globally acclaimed singer and musician Sting, and R&B sensation Mary J. Blige featuring Hip-Hop and UPN-star Eve performed their hits.

This year's fashion spectacular featured top supermodels Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Gisele Bundchen walking the runway for the sexiest night on television. The Broadway-spirited show included theater-inspired segments, outfits and dancers. In addition to the musical performances by Sting and Mary J. Blige, the show featured a provocative runway presentation infused with showbiz elements, including red carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most-celebrated fashion show. The show was taped at New York City's Lexington Avenue Armory.

Victoria's Secret is the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products, dominating its world with modern, fashion-inspired collections, prestige fragrances and cosmetics, celebrated supermodels and world-famous runway shows. A business of Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD), its nearly 1000 Victoria's Secret Lingerie and 1000 Beauty stores, the catalogue and VictoriasSecret.com allow customers to shop the brand anywhere, any time, from any place.

"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" was produced by done and dusted @ Radical. Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton were the executive producers. Hamish Hamilton was the director. The Victoria's Secret fashion show event in New York City was produced by Alexandre De Betak and Violaine Etienne of Bureau Betak.
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14th Dec, 2003 - America's Next Top Model - Round 2
"America's Next Top Model," UPN's hit dramality series featuring world-renowned supermodel Tyra Banks, returns for a second cycle of 10 episodes with an all new group of women fiercely competing for their chance at a grand prize package that includes a modeling contract, on Tuesday, Jan. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.

The first cycle of "America's Next Top Model" was UPN's highest-rated program last season among all adult women. Created by world-renowned supermodel Tyra Banks, who executive produces the series with Ken Mok ("Making the Band"), the show exposes the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce top models, who live together in a New York loft and vie for the grand prize. Cameras catch each moment as participants face weekly tests that determine who makes the cut. With mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion industry gurus, the finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp -- a crash course to top model fame. During this cycle, the competition is tougher with 12 participants who will struggle to demonstrate both inner and outer beauty.
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News stories taken from a variety of sources including Abstracts.net and Tyra Fans.com.


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