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UPN's 'Model' cast draws cast from several colleges

September 03, 2004|by Zap2it.com

The third installment of UPN's hit reality series "America's Next Top Model" could turn into "College Girls Gone Wild." Of the 14 contestants, eight identify themselves as students, representing a diverse assortment of colleges including Brown, the University of Oklahoma, Mercyhurst College and New York University.

These lucky ladies may be beautiful and they may be bright, but will they be smart enough to avoid alienating their fellow models?

The new "Model" cast features women from 12 states (California and New York are doubly represented), ranging in age from 19 to 25. In addition to the students, there are several sales associates, a mother, a bartender, a woman who owns her own art gallery and a former punk rocker.

A quick glance at the model profiles on UPN's Web site should let viewers predict some of the season's most obvious subplots. Toccara Jones is the plus-sized model judges will claim they can't use in couture modeling. Eva Pigford will be told that at 5-foot-7 she's too short to be a runway model. There are plenty of candidates for the contestant most likely to be accused of having an eating disorder, but Norelle Van Herk and Amanda Swafford seem like the top targets.

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Set to premiere Sept. 22, this is the first of two installments of "America's Next Top Model" scheduled for this season. UPN has built much of its lineup around the Tyra Banks-hosted series in its quest to attract young female viewers.

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