In the course of ten cycles, madwoman Tyra Bank’s reality show has produced a grand total of zero supermodels. But the show’s appeal is in the transformation of fourteen more or less average girls via a fabulous after-school-special format — the show preaches tolerance (as much as it does a fierce model walk) by selecting girls with major “issues,” like crackhead parents, Asperger’s syndrome, a size 10 waistline. This season’s cause célèbre is Isis, a 22-year-old male-to-female transgender contestant from Maryland. And it’s filmed in Hollywood, which will at least put the girls in closer proximity to fame.
America’s Next Top Model
Cycle 11 premiere