The last time we saw the Top Model hopefuls, the girls just received news that they were going to have to participate in a nude photo shoot. The models were asked to pick off one item of clothing from a mannequin, and they were only allowed to wear that one item for the shoot. During the shoot, Gabrielle stood out, but not for the right reasons.
That, by itself, is great. Ashley Graham is also one of the most well-known and successful plus-size models ever. This quandary has been on my mind since the season premierebut especially tonight, with the inaugural nude photo shoot when the focus is all on confidence and the beauty of the female body.
Playboy made the announcement at an intimate gathering at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday morning. Washington is the first woman to bridge the nude and non-nude eras of Playboy. The June cover, shot by Jason Lee Parry.
In the end, Julia was eliminated for her bad performance at the shoot and for not booking the job. At elimination, Sally, Sara and Trixi landed in the bottom three. The other 17 girls had a challenge, where they had to change into a party outfit in a lift and against each other. Thomas Hayo and Michael Michalsky returned for their spots as judges, the teams and battle concept remained.
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Ashley Graham is no stranger to conquering feelings of vulnerability in front of the camera, having spoken out time and time again about the body-shaming she faces from all sides. Luckily for us, the model isn't shy about sharing her hard-earned wisdom when it comes to shutting out your critics and quieting that nagging self-doubt. Graham's latest feat of inspiration came during a challenge on the current, revamped season of America's Next Top Modelwhere Graham has been serving as a judge alongside new host Rita Ora.
America's Next Top Model contestant Naduah Rugley has admitted that she was "excited" by the challenge of modeling a pair of sunglasses in a naked photoshoot. The model and mother - who left The CW competition last week - told Digital Spy that she felt comfortable stripping off in front of the cameras. When asked if the sunglasses had been her first item of choice to model, she replied: "Yes, because I was at the back of the group and I knew all the other girls would go for the items that covered them the most like the shirts or shorts.
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Almost models have participated thus far in America's Next Top Model, and while most of them have absolutely sucked, Tyra has managed on occasion to discover some real gems. They may not have won, but here is a place to discuss their merits and why they should be in the running for Best Ever in Top. Cycle 1 : Elyse.
Compiling this list has been a journey, my personal odyssey, if you will; a marathon I've been training for since my early teens. America's Next Top Model — a cultural touchstone and at times deeply problematic slice of the current landscape in reality TV—has featured more than contestants in total. That's roughly makeovers, utterances of, "I have two photos in my hands," 24 winners 25 if you count Angelea, which we shouldexactly two people who became household names Analeigh Tipton and Winnie Harlowand one beard weave.