MODEL WATCH: Tyra Updates on Adrianne Et. Al
Weep not for Shannon, Elyse, Robin and Kesse, all you fans of "America's Next Top Model." Producer Tyra Banks updates this column, reporting that "all the last five girls got signed by modeling agencies" after her hit reality show concluded.
Winner Adrianne has come away with not only her guaranteed Revlon contract, but "the diamond shoot she did during the show -- they also gave her a contract."
So where are they? "It takes about three or four months for all the photo shoots to come out, so it'll still be awhile before you start to see them," explains Banks. "Even though the girls knew who had won four months before the public did, they couldn't take any assignments until after the show finished airing."
Their success "makes me proud," says Tyra. "People kept telling me at the beginning, 'You're not going to find people who look like real models 18 and over. They've already been signed. You'll get people who look like Tropicana or Playboy models,'" she says with a laugh. "But we got true, legitimate girls who got signed. I'm sure others (among the contenders) did too, but I don't keep in touch with them as much as with the final five."
Banks -- who's alredy being inudated with tapes and applications for the next edition of her show -- says it was difficult for her to dismiss the girls, loser by loser, "especially because I can relate to them. I know that people still sit around tables making decisions about whether to use me or not, talking about me the same way the judges talked about the girls on the show: 'She too this, she's not enough that.' It's very difficult."