Tyra Banks’ long running reality TV series America’s Next Top Model is often ridiculed for not producing a single supermodel, but it certainly kickstarted the careers of many.
Ever since the death of contestant Mirjana Puhar in a triple homicide last month, everyone highlights the tragic and horrible things that have happened to the participants of the show. From incarceration to drug abuse and robberies, some ANTM alums have definitely not done well. But others launched rather prosperous careers.
Here are some of the most successful contestants from the show, who might have not become supermodels, but were able to earn fame by starring in TV shows, Hollywood movies and more reality TV.
After finishing second on Cycle 3 of the show, Dacosta went on to appear in advertisements for Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Oil of Olay, Radioshack, Seda and Sephora, among others.
She also had roles in many major movies including Tron: Legacy, The Messenger, In Time and The Butler, along with recurring roles on Ugly Betty and All My Children. Dacosta just portrayed musical icon Whitney Houston in a Lifetime television film about the singer’s life.
Tipton was placed third in the Cycle 11 of ANTM. Since then, she made it to the covers of Spain's Marie Claire, Seventeen magazine, Maxim and Vogue. She was also featured in the ads for Forever 21 and Guess.
She also appeared in a number of movies and TV shows namely, Crazy, Stupid Love; Lucy; Two Night Stand and Mississippi Grind. Tipton was cast as lead in TV show Manhattan Love Story.
Chantelle Brown-Young, aka Winnie Harlow, was a contestant in show’s 21st Cycle. She is perhaps the only model who suffers from vitiligo – a rare skin condition that causes de-pigmentation of the skin.
An inspiration to all, she recently walked the runway of New York Fashion Week and has been the cover of many famous magazines.
Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model who came third in ANTM’s Cycle 10. After the show, she appeared in Boston Globe, Essence Magazine, Cosmo Girl, Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Fashion Magazine, Marie Claire and Ebony Magazine to name a few. She also landed a 2014 print campaign for Ralph Lauren, as well as for cosmetics giant Pantene.
For London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014, Siad walked for Emilia Wickstead and Lucas Nascimento.
English won the Cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model and has since appeared on the cover of Seventeen, Social Life, Healthy Living and Psoriasis Advance. She also modeled for Wedding Style, JC Penney, Bisou Bisou, Stephenson Denim, Johnny P. Shoes and few others.
In 2013, she became the face of Ray Ban sunglasses.
English was also the host of Oxygen's biggest premiering show to date, Pretty Wicked.
She is a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation, spreading awareness about psoriasis and encouraging others to seek treatment.
Curry modeled for Us Weekly, OK!, People, Maxim – making the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2005, Spanish Marie Claire, Von Dutch, Macy's and Ed Hardy among many others after winning the show’s first cycle. She is also a spokesmodel for The Flex Belt with Denise Richards.
Apart from that, she has appeared in a number of reality TV shows and also has some production credentials on her resume. Curry recently teamed up with Stan Lee to create her show Superfans for his new YouTube channel, Stan Lee's World of Heroes.
Marcille won Cycle 3 of the show and has since appeared on the cover of Brides Noir, Women's Health and Fitness, King Magazine and Essence. Her other modeling credits include CoverGirl, DKNY, Samsung, Red by Marc Ecko, Jewel magazine, In Touch Weekly , IONA, Elle, Elle Girl and Applebottoms to name the few.
She had a recurring role on The Young and The Reckless and made an appearance on Smallville. In film, her credits include The Walk, Crossover, and I Think I Love My Wife.