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Pregnant supermodel Ashley Graham is being praised for showing off her stretch marks in a beautiful photo.

The American catwalk star is pregnant with her first child, and posted the image to her Instagram followers.

She captioning the shot; “Same same but a little different." Fans were hugely appreciative of her 'real' honesty and body positivity.


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The image was liked by celebrities such as model Lily Aldridge and comedian Niecy Nash. Author Rebecca Scritchfield commented;  “We need this!!! Beauty and real ness.”

31-year-old Ashley has become renowned for her inspiring activism surrounding the topic of body confidence, and her plus size model career has skyrocketed.

She announced last week that she was pregnant with her first child with husband Justin Ervin in a stunning video;


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The announcement came on Graham's ninth wedding anniversary with husband, after posting the video about her growing family;

"Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favourite person in the world!

"Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, Justin. Life is about to get even better."

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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.


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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.


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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."


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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”


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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

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He sees it, he likes it, he wants it, he GETS IT. America's Next Top Model icon Nyle DiMarco, who is also an avid activist for the ASL community, has created his own version of Ariana Grande's 7 Rings music video in American Sign Language.

AND IT'S AMAZING. With DiMarco's assistance, the video was directed by Jake Wilson, and features a range of models absolutely slayin' the game to Ariana's number one hit song, alongside closed captions.

DiMarco was the second male winner and first winner who is hard of hearing to be crowned America's Next Top Model. He's been a public advocate for closed-captioning videos for the deaf community ever since.

He asked Grande herself via Twitter to request that her thank u, next video be available with closed captioning for the “466 million people with hearing loss” who want to view the art too.

"Deaf here and we do enjoy your music," Nyle added. He has been campaigning for representation for years, and has achieved some major milestones while he's at it.

He also reached out to Vevo, writing, "You earn more than $650 million per year and can't even add captions to Ariana Grande's thank u, next video."

"There ARE closed caption service that will cost you ONLY six dollars (or less) to instantly appeal to a wider audience," he added.

"There are 466 million people with hearing loss, thank u, next."

YAS HENNY. He's right, of course. The deaf community face struggles with music videos daily, with only a handful of major artists providing closed-captions on their video work.

Grande took notice of the criticism, and made sure that when her 7 Rings music video debuted this month, there were lyrics available to read onscreen

DiMarco has now released an ASL version of whole iconic music video, and he's looking INCREDIBLE in a diamanté fishnet top;

Him and his male model pals are killin' it in the video, recreating Ariana's girl power song with American Sign Language to boot. Fair play lads, fair play.

Representation matters, and we all have to play a role in encouraging the fight against albeism.

Nyle continues to break down the barriers for his community, we're so glad Ari took notice.


Jael Strauss who was a contestant in season eight of America's Next Top Model has sadly passed away.

The 34-year-old model lost her battle to breast cancer, only two months after she was initially diagnosed. 

The model gained her wings in a hospice on Tuesday around 11 am.

Her health had begun to rapidly deteriorate on Monday, according to TMZ.


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Jael had informed fans that she had decided to stop chemotherapy in October. 

Heartbreakingly she said her cancer was "incurable" at stage four.

“I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer,” she wrote on Facebook.

“It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.”

“With treatment, it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013,” she finished. 


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The model also penned her feelings about her first night in the hospice: “So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things.”

In a statement to TMZ, her family said that: “The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed.” 

“She brought so much light to people,” they added.


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Before her untimely passing, Jael detailed that she was focused on rebuilding her life after being sober for five years. 

The model struggled with an addition to crystal meth but bravely overcame it.  

Tributes have been pouring in all over social media. 

Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time. 


We are drooling over PrettyLittleThing’s newest collaboration with American supermodel Ashley Graham.

Ashley is an absolute legend. The fabulous plus-size model has been making waves in the fashion industry, appearing on covers of Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and Glamour.

Her most recent conquest is dominating as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.


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Not only is she fantastic at her job, but the 30-year-old uses her fame to make a difference for women everywhere. She told The New York Times that her goals are global. “It’s about having a voice. It’s about what are you doing to change your world and leave a legacy and a mark for the next generation.”

And now, the gorgeous activist has teamed up with PrettyLittleThing to bring us the fiercest collection yet.


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The campaign #EveryBODYinPLT is centred around Ashley’s message of inclusion and confidence. Finally! Some stylish clothes for us women who have curves.

The collection is all about making a statement with lavish prints. Wearers will be feeling fearless in an oversized animal printed blazer, dramatically striped co–ords and floor sweeping maxi dresses in an array of styles.

This sexy and sophisticated look oozes flirtatious feels and will have EveryBODY feeling fierce in glittering metallic, eye catching emeralds and fiery reds.

Ashley said she is “so excited about this collaboration with PrettyLittleThing because it is size inclusive and it is so sexy. It will take you girls effortlessly from day to night and this has been such an amazing experience curing a range for ALL women!”


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The new collection also has a classy, sophisticated side, debuting indulgent satin dresses, risky lace jumpsuits and shine-out sequin playsuits. These silhouettes are made to make us feel effortlessly beautiful. It will cater for all sizes ranging from 6 to 28.

Ashley and the fashion brand have created a dynamic collection that will help everyBODY to find their perfect fit.

The collection landed today and is available here now. 


America's Next Top Model is a noughties classic, with hosts Tyra Banks, Janice Dickenson and Ms J honing the skills of wannabe models year in and year out.

Now, as the show enters its 23rd season, Tyra has vacated her throne as head judge for someone all together unexpected.

 When you think "super model" the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Adrian Lima spring to mind, but the new head judge is none other than songstress Rita Ora. 

Rita shot to fame after being mentored by none other than Jay-Z, and has since had a successful album, a collaborative collection with Addidas and guest judging spots on the X Factor, but not a lot of straight modelling experience. 

Fans of ANTM were quick to point this out, with some going so far as to say they will be boycotting the show if someone as "inexperienced" at modelling as Rita Ora takes the reigns. 

Some pointed out the fact that Rita hasn't quite broken America, despite her supporting role in Fifty Shades of Grey and her chart topping hit Black Widow with Iggy Azelia. 

Rita will be joined by plus sized model and body positivity activist Ashley Graham, as well as stylist  Law Roach and chief creative officer of Paper Magazine Drew Eliot, who successfully helped Kim Kardshian break the internet with her infamous champagne popping cover.

Guest stars are set to include Zendaya, DJ Khaled, Tinashe, Jason Derulo, Amber Rose, French Montana, Chanel Iman and Jasmine Sanders.

If the trailer for the new show is anything to go by, it's set to be a lit season. 



There seems to be no stopping Rita Ora as she is set to replace Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model.

The singer has been involved in a number of projects over the last year, including 50 Shades, and after moving on from The X Factor she will reportedly take over from Tyra Banks on the reality show.

An insider told The Sun, “Rita is in a dream world as she’s landed the ultimate gig.


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“She’ll be mixing her two passions of fashion and music and taking over from a TV institution in Tyra.

“Next Top Model bosses wanted to inject some freshness back into the format and they see Rita as the ideal new face.

"She is releasing a new single later this year to coincide with it,” the source added.

We think she'll be BRILLIANT on the show.



Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have the world at their feet.

Both are killing it on the seasons runways, are the faces of major campaigns and both made their career pinnacles at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year. 

And still, they get a lot of hate. 

While coming from reality backgrounds seems to have aided their careers, Gigi has spoken out about the amount of criticism she receives on social media and Kendall comes from perhaps the most loved AND hated family in the entire world.

Well, top super model Tyra Banks still thinks they are stars in their own right. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the model and TV personality said that it was her show, America's Next Top Model, that opened the door for reality stars to make it in the business. 

"I think [America's Next Top Model] has opened up the world to accepting reality television stars as models.

"If you think about Kendall and Kylie Jenner – people think Kylie's not a model, but I think she's a model – and Gigi Hadid and all of these girls from reality television, I think Top Model knocked the doors down for that to be okay in the high fashion world."

Yep, Kendall, Gigi and even Kylie can thank Tyra for their blossoming careers, apparently. 

Tyra's colossal show is coming to an end this week after 13 years on the air. But what is next for Tyra? 

"I would never host somebody else's show. But I ask myself, 'What is the future of reality television? What is the future of competition television?' And I already have an idea of what I think the future of that is.

"I think I would probably make some appearances in it, but would not be the day-to-day person – I'd be the creator. But I think I've cracked what the future of that is, so stay tuned!"

We most definitely will. 


Yes, they made a HUGE deal of America’s Next Top Model coming to an end during the year, but now it has been reported that it might not be the end of the TV show after all.

ANTM is trying to find a new home for the 23rd series, meaning that the show won’t be ending at all, just moving to a new channel.

It was the first show aired on The CW in 2006, but executive producer, Ken Mok is reportedly pitching a new instalment of ANTM around to various networks and TV streaming sites, like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix, according to Deadline.

Which is unsurprising, considering that the series has done particularly well in repeat and on-demand websites over the past few years.

And even better news, it is reported that Tyra will still play a major part on the new show. You haven’t seen the end of her smize just yet!


After 12 years and 22 cycles, the search for America's Next Top Model is finally coming to an end.

Tyra Banks confirmed last night via Twitter that the show had been cancelled by the CW network, saying she "truly" believed it was time.

The former model recently launched her own lifestyle show, FabLife, but somehow we doubt it will ever reach the dizzy heights of ANTM. After all, it won't have Miss J Alexander.

To help us come to terms with our loss, we've rounded up some of the best (read: most mental) ANTM moments…

1. When Rebecca full-on fainted during her critique in Cycle 4
Love how everyone looks shocked but doesn't move a muscle.


2. When poor Alexandra fell before she'd even reached the catwalk…

…And was hit by a giant pendulum literally 30 seconds later.


3. Any time cycle 5 winner Lisa D'Amato was on screen
'Caaaaaalm downnnn.'


4. That time Tyra herself fainted while delivering some Tyra Mail

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5. But wait! It was just acting… ACTING! ACTING! ACTING!


6. Her stellar modelling advice in Cycle 8
Be a hoe, then make it fashion – simples.


7. Basically any time Miss J Alexander was confused… 


8. When we finally learnt how to smile like a true model
Smize, people. SMIZE.

Not like this…


9. And of course, Tyra's epic rant at Tiffany in Cycle 4.

 Thanks for the memories, Ty-Ty.


As a former catwalk queen and the creator of America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks knows a thing or two about the industry.

She has always campaigned for diversity in modelling, having famously featured plus-size and transgender models on ANTM, and yesterday Tyra took to social media to express her upset with the way the industry works these days.

"Models have so much pressure today… They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny," the TV star wrote. "When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0."

Tyra also lamented the fact that so many models book jobs today based on their social media popularity more than on their catwalk skills. And if you take a look at the most sought-after models of 2015  Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Jourdann Dunn, Karlie Kloss  their stats don't lie. Kendall alone has 29.5m followers on Instagram, with the others all racking up at least a million apiece.

Speaking about the changes that have happened since her own modelling days, Tyra said she didn't envy those working today. " They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns," she wrote. 

"They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don't understand, 'Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin' model??!!!!'"

Accompanying her Instagram post was an image of a young Tyra backstage at a YSL show looking decidedly under-dressed compared to models these days:

"Yep, that's teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence," the 41-year-old explained. "And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway."

Tyra finished her rant by sending "love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide" adding "stay strong girls." 

This is the second time this month that Tyra has had people talking on Instagram, having shared a beautiful no-make up selfie last week and telling her followers, "You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me."

Could we love her any more?



There is sadness in the fashion world today after America’s Next Top Model star Mirjana Puhar was murdered in a triple homicide at her boyfriend’s home in North Carolina.

The 19-year-old model and reality TV star is said to have ony recently moved in with her boyfriend, Jonathon Alvarado who was also murdered along with the couple’s roommate, Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia.

A 19-year-old named Emmanuel Jesus Rangel has been charged with the murders of the three victims, which are believed to have been in relation to drugs.

The stunning model, who was originally from Serbia, was eliminated from the show is Episode 10 of last year's ANTM cycle. 

Our thoughts are with Mirjana and the victims’ families at this awful time.