ANTM Cycle 16: Meet The Models

It’s time to pull out your Tyra Banks dictionary and get reacquainted with “smizing”, “modeling H2T (head to toe)”, “dreckitude”, “tyovers” and other crap like that. You still have time to get familiarized with them before being subjected to new ridiculous sayings. No doubt, Miss fivehead will come up with a slew of new colloquialisms that will drive us all cray cray. “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 16 premieres on Wednesday, February 23 at 8pm.

The CW just released cast bios and pics of the wannabe models in the running for ANTM Cycle 16. After last season’s relatively well-received cycle, can Tyra and company build on the momentum of gaining credibility within the fashion industry. Based on the quality of the cast, and the prizes, I would think so. Just like last season’s “high fashion” prize package, the girls will be competing for a contract with IMG Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, a spread and cover of Beauty In Vogue, and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

Pictured, from left above: Dominique, Kasia, Brittani, Monique, Mikaela, Angelia, Hannah, Dalya, Nicole, Sara, Alexandria, Ondrei, Jaclyn and Molly.

While the prizes remain the same, the quality of the guest judges lined up pale in comparison to last year’s roster of industry heavyweights. Joining Tyra Banks, Andre Leon Talley, Nigel Barker on the panel will be celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, supermodel Alek Wek, Italian Vogue Editor-in-Chief Franca sozzani and “Gossip Girl” costumer designer, Eric Daman. Mr. & Miss Jay also return in their usual capacity.

For those who want to know this cycle’s foreign destination, I’ve got the scoop. But for those who don’t want it spoiled, I’ll write the country in invisible ink slash white font. Simply highlight it, if you want to know. Without further ado, this year’s exotic foreign destination is Morocco !!!

Alexandria Everett

Age: 21
Height: 5′ 10″
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Current Location: Huntington Beach, California
Occupation: Currently unemployed
Favorite Designer: Karl Lagerfeld
Biggest ANTM Fear: Accidentally falling or doing something embarrassing while modeling.
Most Confident About: My drive to never give up on what I want.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Adventures in new places. I love snowboarding, hiking, surfing, cliff-diving, hanging out with my sister and any of my five brothers.

Angelia Alvarez

Age: 20
Height: 5′ 10″
Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
Current Location: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Occupation: College student, studying Marine Biology
Favorite Designer: Vera Wang
Biggest ANTM Fear: Getting along with the other models, and not making it past the casting week.
Most Confident About: My unique look.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love going to the beach and snorkeling in Key West. I also love snowboarding, rollerblading, fishing and swimming. And of course, dancing!

Brittani Kline

Age: 19
Height: 5′ 10 ½”
Hometown: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania
Current Location: Howard, Pennsylvania
Occupation: College student, studying English, International Studies and Spanish
Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs
Biggest ANTM Fear: Living in the house with the other models.
Most Confident About: My walk. The runway is my favorite part of the modeling world.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love dancing, and any form of artistic expression, including collages, painting and crafts. Also reading, writing and being with friends and family.

Dalya Morrow

Age: 21
Height: 5′ 9″
Hometown: Clear Lake, Texas
Current Location: Corona, California
Occupation: Currently unemployed
Favorite Designer: A tie between Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli
Biggest ANTM Fear: Having the judges misunderstand me.
Most Confident About: I am most confident in my ability to work any runway you put me on!
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with my friends, shopping and reading. But I’m forever in model mode!

Dominique Waldrup

Age: 23
Height: 5′ 9″
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current Location: Houston, Texas
Occupation: College graduate with a degree in Marketing
Favorite Designer: Stacey Bendet’s Alice & Olivia Clothing line
Biggest ANTM Fear: Not knowing what to expect.
Most Confident About: I’m most confident about my walk.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with family and friends. And you can find me at a local museum, bookstore or window-shopping. I also love to dance and go to the theater when I can.

Hannah Jones

Age: 20
Height: 5’10”
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current Location: Austin, Texas
Occupation: College student majoring in Photo-Communications.
Favorite Designer: John Galliano
Biggest ANTM Fear: That I might come across as a ditz.
Most Confident About: My personality, my sense of style and my ability to make friends easily.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography, stop-animation and film. I like to write and doodle.

Jaclyn Poole

Age: 20
Height: 5′ 10″
Hometown: Belton, Texas
Current Location: Belton, Texas
Occupation: Waitress and college student
Favorite Designer: Valentino
Biggest “ANTM” Fear: Having to do any sort of modeling with a shark!
Most Confident About: Being myself and the person my parents raised me to be.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to be outdoors! Hiking, rock climbing and sailing on our lake here in Belton — I love all sports. Go Steelers! Go Spurs, Go!

Kasia Pilewicz

Age: 26
Height: 5′ 9″
Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
Current Location: New York, New York
Occupation: College graduate with a degree in Journalism
Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs, among many others
Biggest ANTM Fear: That being myself won’t be enough.
Most Confident About: I am most confident about my high fashion look.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love taking acting classes and reading anything I can get my hands on about films, acting and directing. I also go to a lot of art museums, exhibits and shows in New York City.

Mikaela Schipani

Age: 21
Height: 5′ 9″
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Current Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Occupation: College Student, studying theater
Favorite Designer: A tie between Roberto Cavalli and Calvin Klein
Biggest ANTM Fear: Not making it into the house. I don’t want to let myself or anyone else down.
Most Confident About: I am definitely confident about my runway walk.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to make short films with my friends. I can spend the entire day at the movies with my boyfriend. And I hang out with my family a lot!

Molly O’Connell

Age: 22
Height: 5′ 10″
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Current Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Occupation: College student, studying biology
Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen
Biggest ANTM Fear: Not getting along with everyone.
Most Confident About: Definitely the photo shoots.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love watching movies and TV shows, reading, swimming and shopping.

Monique Weingart

Age: 19
Height: 5′ 11″
Hometown: Hebron, Illinois
Current Location: Pell Lake, Illinois
Occupation: College student and waitress at a sports bar
Favorite Designer: Dolce & Gabanna
Biggest ANTM Fear: Tripping and falling over.
Most Confident About: I am most confident about being in front of the camera.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Lately, all I’ve been doing is snowboarding and working out. I enjoy anything with music and I love art. And, of course, bubble baths.

Nicole Lucas

Age: 20
Height: 5′ 11″
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Current Location: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: College student
Favorite Designer: A tie between Alexander Wang and Balmain
Biggest ANTM Fear: That the other girls might be overly dramatic and mean.
Most Confident About: I am confident that I can handle criticism well.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to shop, look at fashion editorials and read books about the brain. And working out – it releases my stress!

Ondrei Aroe

Age: 18
Height: 5′ 7″
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Current Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Occupation: Currently working in a retail clothing store
Favorite Designer: Betsey Johnson. I love her clothing and the way her colors go from loud to chic and the style is so free-spirited.
Biggest ANTM Fear: That people won’t see my true potential to become a model.
Most Confident About: I am confident that I leave my mark in people’s eyes and hearts.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography and writing poetry.

Sara Longoria

Age: 18
Height: 5′ 10″
Hometown: Rio Grand Valley, Texas
Current Location: Edinburg, Texas
Occupation: College student with two part-time jobs
Favorite Designer: Betsey Johnson
Biggest ANTM Fear: That I won’t be able to articulate what I am feeling and thinking, and that I won’t improve throughout the competition.
Most Confident About: I am absolutely confident in my ability to stay grounded and remain true to myself and where I cam from.
Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I’m really involved with Planned Parenthood activities on our campus. I go dancing with all my friends on weekends.

Who's Your Favorite Model From ANTM Cycle 16?

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Picking my favorites at this point of the season is usually quite difficult. Without knowing anything about their personalities or what Tyra has in store for makeovers, I’m pretty much driving blind. It’s amazing how a heinous haircut can derail an early favorite, or skyrocket a girl’s chance if she’s the recipient of a fierce weave and color. Based on these pre-makeover pics, my Top 6 girls are Angelia, Brittani, Dalya, Hannah, Jaclyn and Nicole.

Who are your favorites? Who do you think will be this cycle’s bitch? Post all your predictions below.

  • LovingLV

    Another boring cycle?

  • David Everhart

    No one stands out to me. But the boring photoshoot probably doesn’t help.

  • Dan

    Pretty sure Jaclyn is channeling Julia Styles.

  • jesse

    oh wow a valley girl what…..? im from rgv thats so weird lol

  • Steve-O

    My god half of them look 10 years older then they really are!!!

  • Marc

    Oh Tyra… none of these girls look like they can ‘be on top’ (Just like every other cycle)

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  • ahmed al-khuzae

    realy , when was the last decade they have eaten ( i say this cause they look old and dead of no food )

    also no one is even remotly cute , they shouldve had them in the thriller song in glee

    only posible exception s monique

    i hate how tyra was all like (dont go to skinny ) when she was fat , but look at what dead bodies she added to the show

  • zoenna aulani

    these girls look fantastic! they were gorgeous and muchly better than antm 15!!

  • Josephine

    Dang, this photoshoot sucks. Britani’s pretty cool. Most of the girls in my class are prettier than Domonique. Ahem, why is she here? Again, this photoshoot sucks.

  • Chrystina

    Well some of these girls aren’t all that but I still like the look of this group. Can’t pick my favorites yet but I got my eyes on Angelia, Sara, Ondrei, Nicole, and Dalya! Kasia is the only one not cute to me and Domonique looks very plain and as if she didn’t even know a picture was being taken lol. Can’t wait for the first episode