Tyra Banks has paid tribute to a former America's Next Top Model contestant who was found dead on Tuesday (24Feb15).
The body of Mirjana Puhar, 19, was discovered at her boyfriend's home in North Carolina. Police found the bodies of three people, including Puhar and her boyfriend, in the property after neighbors reported gunshots. Puhar was a contestant on Banks' reality TV show last year (14), and the host has now issued a joint statement with executive producer Ken Mok to express her grief. It reads, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news about Mirjana Puhar. She was a vivacious and promising young woman... Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones." Banks later added on Twitter.com, "We love you, Mirjana... Forever."
A former contestant on Tyra Banks' hit reality show America's Next Top Model has been killed in a triple homicide.
Mirjana Puhar's body was found at her boyfriend's home in North Carolina on Tuesday (24Feb15). She was one of three victims found dead after neighbours heard gunshots. Her unnamed boyfriend was also one of the victims. Puhar, 19, was eliminated from America's Next Top Model nine weeks into last year's (14) 21st season of the show.
Yaya Dacosta, who will appear as Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett's upcoming TV biopic, has split from her filmmaker husband. The model and actress, 32, wed Joshua Bee Alafia in 2012. Details surrounding the break-up have not been disclosed.
DaCosta, who won her big break on Tyra Banks' Next Top Model show, gave birth to the couple's son Sankara in September, 2013.
Angela Bassett's directorial debut, Whitney - which will star DaCosta, will debut on America's Lifetime network on 17 January (15).
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
"It is amazing. There is going to be a team of hosts with me that specialise in different sectors of lifestyle from beauty to fashion to home; I'm gonna be leading up the beauty, make-up and business... and showing women across this country how they can be the CEO of their own lives, and be their own bosses... It's coming out next year." Tyra Banks confirms reports she's heading back to talk show TV to co-host a new series with Nicole Richie and Chrissy Teigen.
Retired catwalk queen Tyra Banks is championing a young model with skin disease vitiligo. The stunner encouraged Chantelle Brown-Young to sign up for her America's Next Top Model TV show and now she's promoting the upcoming season with the African-American beauty, who is suffering from the skin pigment condition.
Banks explains, "I'm obsessed with my social media... and I just kept seeing these beautiful pictures of this girl... and I reached out to my Top Model team and I said, 'Find her and put her in front in me in the next couple of weeks'.
The Canadian model admits she posted all her work online in the hope that someone like Banks would spot it and give her a career boost.
The former Victoria's Secret stunner adds, "I get bored with cookie cutter beauty and I think in my career I have to thank people in Paris and Italy for looking a girl that had a big forehead and big eyes and a pointy chin... When I was young I was kind of alien-esque and for them to accept me and to put me on covers for the first time, as a black girl, it made me appreciate things that are out of the box.
"When I see somebody like Chantelle I'm like, 'This is beautiful, this is unique, the world needs to see that'."
Brown-Young was four when she was first diagnosed with vitiligo; she had to leave high school because she couldn't handle the bullying surrounding her look.
Chrissy Teigen, Nicole Richie and Tyra Banks are reportedly heading to daytime TV to host a new talk show. The two models and reality TV star Richie have teamed up to launch The Fab, which will cover celebrity news, current events and lifestyle topics, according to OK! magazine.
Teigen, Richie and Banks shot the pilot for the show last week (ends17Aug14) and they are hoping to premiere it in the near future.
A source tells the publication, "Chrissy, Tyra and Nicole are all very witty and have no trouble expressing themselves. Plus, they're honest and willing to talk about their own real-life problems - and fans can relate to that."
All three have had experience hosting U.S. TV shows - Banks fronted her own talk and lifestyle show, Tyra, and oversees America's Next Top Model; Richie featured on The Simple Life and Fashion Star and currently stars in Candidly Nicole, and John Legend's wife Teigen hosts and judges TV series Snack Off!
Model/TV personality Tyra Banks has slammed her own failed singing career, and confessed she should stick to what she does best.
The America's Next Top Model host released her first single, a track called Shake Ya Body, in 2004, but did not pursue her new career.
During an interview on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday (05Aug14), a fan of Banks' music asked the supermodel if she has any more plans to continue her pop star dreams.
Banks shook her head and said, "Let me just do a public service announcement right now. My name is Tyra Banks and I'm here to tell you that you may have a dream, you may have something that burns inside of your heart and desire - but if you do not have the talent for it, boo, let it go."
"That includes trying to be a singer when you need to just close your mouth. And only open (your mouth) to host talk shows, be an executive producer and be a businesswoman. Thank you."
Supermodel Tyra Banks is returning to daytime TV with a new talk show. The America's Next Top Model host will front a new untitled show in which she will cover lifestyle subjects including fashion and beauty.
A statement from Banks reads, "The fire to inspire women and help them to blaze new paths fiercely burns inside of me.
"I'm excited to be partnering with (U.S. network) Disney-ABC to usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating or precious.
"To my fierce fam (family) of future viewers: I can't wait to shake up daytime TV together. I have a lot of information to give and still lots to learn. Let's do it!"
This isn't the first talk show for the supermodel-turned-TV-personality - The Tyra Banks Show ran from 2005 to 2010.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson quit her role as head judge on U.K. reality TV show Britain And Ireland's Next Top Model to concentrate on overseeing her son's education.
Bosses at broadcaster Sky announced last year (13) that the U.K. version of Tyra Banks' televised model hunt would come to an end after 10 years on air. The cut came after the network picked up Naomi Campbell's rival modelling show The Face, sparking reports producers wanted a fresh format for viewers.
However, Macpherson insists she walked away from the show so she could help her 16-year-old son, Arpad Flynn, prepare for his GCSEs, school exams taken by teenagers in Britain.
She tells U.K. morning show Lorraine, "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model was such a fantastic programme to be working on because it was about mentoring girls on every level... I had a lot of fun. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to do it this year because I was building this new business and my son is doing his GCSEs so I was like study mum!"