Saleisha Stowers-Cycle 9 Winner

Saleisha Stowers from Madera, California won the 9th Cycle of the hit US modeling contest America’s Next Top Model hosted by former supermodel Tyra Banks. In her semi-final audition Tyra revealed that she knoew Saleisha as she had attended Bank’s T-Zone camp to promote self-etreem when she was 14. As a result of this Tyra said that she was going to be extra hard Saleisha. At the start of the competition she was uninspiring and thought by many of the judging panel to be too commercial for high fashion. In the opening weeks she found herself in the bottom 2 on two occasions. However she received a drastic make-over which transformed her to an editorial look and from then on she never looked back. In a tense fashion show in China, Stowers and Chantel Jones stomped to the death and Stowers was announced the winner.

Saleisha Stowers Cycle 9

Saleisha Stowers Cycle 9

I‘ve grown into a strong young woman and I’m so happy with myself right now and the place that I’m at. This is what I’ve dreamed for I fought for this so hard, and I’m so determined,and I have it now, I want it, I want it so bad, and I got it and I’m never letting it go…thank you God… I’m America’s Next Top Model, baby! Aah!

Following her win, much controversy arose after it emerged that Saleisha had previous model experience and had even appeared as a model on the ‘Tyra Banks Show” and in a fashion on cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model itself. She had also appeared in a “Wendy’s” commerical and had a short appearance on the US Comedy series “Ugly Betty”. The show’s rules state that a contestant must not have appeared as a model in a national advertising campaign during the last five years. The CW said in a statement that Stowers did disclose her participation in the Wendy’s spot, and “after reviewing the commercial, it was determined that her appearance did not amount to “modeling” experience, and therefore did not exclude her from participating in the show”. Several blogs and news outlets have speculated that her past relationship with Banks (her participation in Banks’ T-Zone camp and her past appearances on Tyra’s television shows and her appearance as a model on The Tyra Banks Show and Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model), may have influenced the selection of the winner.

Saleisha Stowers Cycle 9

Saleisha Stowers Cycle 9

WHERE IS SHE NOW:

The controversy surrounding Saleisha Stower’s ANTM win certainly hasn’y held her back in terms of modelling success. She is currently signed to Elite Model Management and L.A. Model Management. Saleisha has currently got a Metro Style campaign with also features ex-Top Model girls Jaslene Gonzalez, Dani Evans and Whitney Thompson. She has appeared in numerous magazine photoshoots including the cover and six-page spread of “Seventeen” Magazine. Her distinguising runway walk has also booked her numerous fashion shows for top designers.

SEE ALSO: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL ARCHIVE: A Look Back At ANTM’s Most Memorable Contestants.


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~ by slayton491 on May 20, 2009.

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