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America’s Next Top Model Recap: The Model’s Embrace Their Persona’s With Help From Nicki Minaj

September 14, 2011 08:03 PM by Veronica Dudo

A brand new cycle of America’s Next Top Model on The CW debuted tonight as Tyra Banks brought back 14 fan favorites from previous seasons! The all-stars will have to show what they’ve got each episode while a rotating roster of celebrity’s guest judge during the live judging panel. Tonight Nicki Minaj kicked things off. Keep reading to find out how these divas got a long!

On tonight’s episode Nicki Minaj was the guest judge. This year, the all-stars are vying for a lot of prizes and the stakes are high as the winner will get a spread in Italian Vogue and a blog on their website, a cover spread in Beauty in Vogue, a celebrity guest correspondent job for Extra, a national campaign with Express and $100,000 contract with Cover Girl.

The Cycle 17 contestants include: Camille McDonald, Kayla Ferrell, Brittany Bower, Laura Kirkpatrick, Isis King, Sheena Sakai, Angela Preston, Lisa D’Amato, Shannon Stewart, Allison Harvard, Alexandria Everett, Shannon Ratliff, Brittany “Bre” Scullark, Bianca Golden and Dominique Reighard.

After moving into their house and selecting their rooms, the ladies receive Tyra Mail. They’re informed that they begin work immediately! Jay Manuel shows up to tell the participants that they will be embracing their model persona’s for this photo shoot in their back yard. Each contestant embodies a persona, some of them include: Lisa, “Wild Child;” Allison; “Porcelain Doll” Angela, “Buffalo Hood;” Camille, “Diva;” Dominique, “Masculine/Feminine;” Shannon, “Angelic;” Alexandria, “Surfer Girl;” Brittany Bower, “Party Girl;” Isis, “Confidence;” Bianca, “Girl from the Hood;” Kayla, “Super Gay;” and Laura, “Country Cutie.”

The contestants start to eye up their competition and the cat claws are sure to come out very soon. A new element for the all-stars show is the live panel. Tonight’s judges were Tyra, Nicki Minaj, Nigel Barker and Andre Leon Talley.

One by one the ladies make their way down the runway as the judges critique their best shot. Also new this season, the fans’ votes will count. After the models walk the runway and their best pictures revealed they leave the stage as the judge’s move to private chambers to discuss who will stay and who will go. While it’s always a tough decision to send someone home, Tyra says they are about to shoot back another model into the galaxy.

All of the models were brought back out on the stage for the results. Isis’ photo was selected as the top one followed by Allison, Camille, Lisa, Angela, Laura, Bre, Bianca, Shannon, Dominique, Sheena and Kayla. Brittany and Alexandria were in the bottom two. Tyra reveals Alexandria’s picture and tells her while it’s good to be remembered–she should try to make it for positive reasons. Ultimately, Tyra tells Brittany her time on America’s Next Top Model has come to an end.

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