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HSG
14th May 2008, 22:14
<br>America's Next Top Model is . . . a <i>plus-size</i> model!

America's Next Top Model is <strong>Whitney Thompson</strong>.

The Earth shifted just a little bit on its axis today, and the real world and the ideal world formed an unlikely congruence, as a full-figured model beat out all of her competition and took the top spot on the most widely-viewed modelling show in the world.

Despite the deck being stacked against her, despite one challenge after another being rigged for her not to win, Whitney triumphed.

She didn't crack under withering pressure. She didn't fold as the judges offered sometimes contradictory critiques week after week.

She maintained her poise and energy. She maintained her sparkling personality. She never flagged, never gave up. She won.

She <i>won.</I>

She fought the establishment, she challenged the status quo, and she succeeded where many others failed.

We offer Whitney our most enthusiastic congratulations for this unprecedented accomplishment. We will have screencaps in a few days, and <i>you will not believe how gorgeous she appeared in the last program,</i> surpassing all of her previous work.

And for the <i>piŤce de rťsistance,</i> she walked in a <strong>Versace</strong> runway show with a Classical theme (of course!), in two of the most gorgeous dresses we have ever seen.

We also must congratulate Tyra Banks and <i>America's Next Top Model.</I> Tyra has made many body-positive statements in the past, but nothing that she has ever done for size-celebration matches what she did today: giving a deserving plus-size model a win on <i>ANTM.</I>

If, as a result, even a few young women become comfortable with their naturally curvy figures, and avoid eating disorders, today's program could actually save lives. It will <i>definitely</I> improve the toxic conditions of modern culture.

Let us hope that the rest of the fashion industry takes this win as a wake-up call, and realizes that there is <i>no need</I> to mandate unhealthy emaciation for fashion models. Let us hope that designers see Whitney's beauty and talent, and acknowledge that <i>plus-size</I> models can be every bit as effective--indeed, more effective--in showcasing their designs as today's underweight famine-victims.

Congratulations again to Whitney and <i>ANTM</I> for doing nothing less than . . . improving the world.

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Whitney will be on <i>Entertainment Tonight this evening (Thursday), and on TRL (which is apparently an MTV program) on Monday. Watch for her!!

- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Av4sulpmI&fmt=18" target="_blank">Video of final show, part 1</a>

- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMNd8-v789Y&fmt=18" target="_blank">Video of final show, part 2</a>

jessica
14th May 2008, 22:46
I gasped upon reading that title and couldn't click the link fast enough! In the years I've been reading this forum, there have been many small steps towards size celebration, but none compare to this! This is a thrilling advancement!

Whitney is a wonderful role model, well-spoken, well-fed and stunning! Can't wait to see what the future brings!

Madeline
14th May 2008, 23:07
I had so many doubts that, once again, they'd ditch the plus-size model for somebody who fits into a cookie cutter mold. I swear, I was curled up into a ball the entire episode and I cried when Tyra said her name. I don't know how far the win will take Whitney, but as Tyra said before the finale, "Just making it this far means she's already a winner."

Emily
15th May 2008, 00:00
I gasped upon reading that title and couldn't click the link fast enough! In the years I've been reading this forum, there have been many small steps towards size celebration, but none compare to this! This is a thrilling advancement!

Whitney is a wonderful role model, well-spoken, well-fed and stunning! Can't wait to see what the future brings!
Yes, yes, YES. I agree with every word. This is a dream come true not just for Whitney, but for every full-figured girl in America.

I am almost beside myself with joy.

How fitting that the runway show was for Versace. As some of you may know, Donatella Versace's daughter has suffered from an eating disorder, so for her to be Whitney's couturier, to give her two dresses that made her look SO GORGEOUS and helped her win, was extremely poignant.

Thank you, Whitney, for bringing back timeless beauty!
Thank you, Tyra, for making it happen!

Kaitlynn
15th May 2008, 17:35
I cried when Tyra said her name.
I was in tears twice during the episode, once at the end, and once in the middle, when it looked ilke Whitney was going to be eliminated in third place, causing her (Whitney) to burst into tears. I think you'd have to have a heart of stone not to cry at that point. For me, it was the most affecting Whitney moment of the entire show. Even her rival model was moved by it, and spoke about how beautiful Whitney looked because her vulnerability showed.

I'm SO THRILLED about the prizes she'll have- a TV commercial, a national print ad, and most exciting of all a billboard in Times Square!! I can't wait to see that!

Here's her CoverGirl photo from the show:

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-models/14/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-whitney-container_011757-e278fe-500x322.jpg

I think it was the most gorgeous of all of ANTM's official pictures of Whitney.

Thank you, Tyra and ANTM! And congratulations, Whitney!!!!

M. Lopez
15th May 2008, 22:10
I'm especially looking forward to her cover of Seventeen. During the episode, did you see the photoshoot for that cover? She looked INCREDIBLE. I think the red outfit was even better than the blue, but both were lovely.

What an amazing string of "firsts" Whitney is already racking up: first plus-size ANTM winner, first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Seventeen, first plus-size model to walk in a Versace runway show!

And best of all, she is absolutely firm in her size-celebratory stance. Here are two new videos of Whitney interviews. First, a short one for a Chicago TV station. She points out that skeletal models do NOT make women buy clothing - and she's right.

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And here she is on Regis & Kelly this morning. I LOVE how she describes how the other models at the Versace fashion show were all salivating as they watched her eating heartily, while they were starving half to death.

Hopefully at least a few of those models might start eating normally themselves now - to say nothing of the millions of young women who saw Whitney win last night.

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I've watched the episode several times. It still "gets" me! It was a beautiful, beautiful moment. I hope Whitney keeps spreading her size-positive message.

Chad
15th May 2008, 23:58
I just stumbled on the best Whitney interview yet:

http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/print.php?url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/05152008/tv/a_plus_model_110903.htm

Honestly, this girl is a dream-come-true for size-celebration. She's saying exactly the things that we've all been waiting for someone to say for years:

A-PLUS MODEL

By MICHAEL STARR

May 15, 2008 --

WHITNEY Thompson last night became the first plus-size winner in the history of "America's Next Top Model."

And boy, is she proud of that distinction.

"People always say you have to be stick-skinny, emaciated and unhealthy and I've kind of stood up for my whole life," Thompson told The Post in her first post-victory interview.

"[B]I'm not going to lose 50 pounds - if someone asks me to do that, I'll go to another [modeling] agency," she says. "I've already heard online from boys and girls all over the world who are dealing with eating disorders.

"They're thanking me for standing up and saying, 'I am a plus-size model and I am beautiful.'

"This is what people should look like," she says, referring to herself, "rather than skin-and-bones, which is disgusting and sends a bad message to people everywhere."

It's that outspokenness, along with her obvious self-confidence, that helped Thompson win over Anya Kop in last night's "Top Model" finale.

Thompson, 20 - from Atlantic Beach, Fla. - says she and "Top Model" host Tyra Banks have more in common than meets the eye.

"I talked to her after everything was over and I think she herself was so thrilled the judges and panel picked me in the end," Thompson says.

"I know she deals a lot with issues from the media with her weight and she sees the statistics with younger women and their weight, and I think she was probably pulling for me deep down."

So now Thompson embarks on a round of morning TV appearances (including "Live with Regis & Kelly" and "The Early Show") and all the perks that come along with winning "Top Model" - including a fashion spread in Seventeen and an Elite modeling contract.

And she says the exposure will help her spread her message.

"I have a 13-year-old cousin who's so much like me it's uncanny," she says. "She's completely normal-size but she says, 'Oh, I'm so f**'," and I'm like, 'No, you're not and why would you ever say that.'

"I have the purpose and drive and I'm trying to change the face of fashion and society," she says. "It starts with a single step.

"The judges saw that I'm here for a reason - and now I have to make that happen."
Far from being cowed by her ANTM experience, Whitney is more revolutionary that ever!

With her defiant, celebratory stance and her soft beauty, she truly is the ideal representative of full-figured women.

Graham
16th May 2008, 02:12
I'm sure everyone would love to see some pictures of the final episode. I found these at the CW site.

Here's Whitney looking deliciously curvy on the catwalk. Gorgeous, womanly hips - truly the figure of a goddess.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011739-fdfb01-500x713.jpg


Stunning behind-the-scenes picture from the runway show:

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011728-988832-500x358.jpg


Another. Her complexion looks amazing here.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011730-e3cd20-500x750.jpg


I LOVE these romantic curls. They suit her perfectly.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011733-3054ee-500x750.jpg


On the runway in baby pink:

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011745-d969cc-500x736.jpg


Whitney wins! What a moment. I nearly had a heart attack, I was so excited.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011749-9f77ee-500x341.jpg


A tender hug from Tyra.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011750-b39f04-500x330.jpg


Another view. Utterly adorable.

http://cwtv.com/thecw/gen-gallery-antm10-episodes/10/images/c/0003/cw-antm10-episode1012-container_011753-dadabc-500x302.jpg


Here's a high-res photo of Whitney with Tyra:

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/1479/whitney999999ob3.jpg


And a wallpaper-side version of her stunning CoverGirl ad. Face of an angel.

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/9638/whitney999ns5.jpg

MelanieW
16th May 2008, 18:43
As far as Im concerned, this was the ultimate triumph of curves over "angles". Whitney looked SO GOOD in those Versace gowns - which were truly beautiful, by the way, and I have to applaud the designer for giving her the right kind of dresses to wear on the runway. They really suited her womaly figure.

No waif would have looked half as good in those dresses, and the runway show should prove to everyone that plussize models can show off feminine fashions ten times better than the malnourished minus-sizes ever could.

Even Entertainment Tonight celebrated Whitneys win. Heres the video:

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Seventeen actually shot her in A BIKINI!! And she looked amazing. I guess Ann Shoket (the Seventeen editor) was telling the truth when she commented in episode 11 that Whitney was too covered up in her paparazzi photo, because in her magazine, Shoket UNcovered her! - showing how beautiful Whitney really is. I just hope they run those bikini pictures.

tkds
16th May 2008, 20:43
Wow.

In the first of the Versace dresses (the ecru one) she is so absolutely stunning -- and the dress really shows off her body. Imagine if every model on the runway always looked like that.

My favorote statement was "I think Whitney is the one that a man would want to have in his bedroom" -- followed closely by "The correct term is FULL FIGURED MODEL." Say it loud and say it proud! Congratulations Whitney!!

Emily
16th May 2008, 21:25
I have two great new pieces to share.

First, here's another video -- Whitney on Extra:

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Second, here is an astonishingly intelligent inteview that was conducted by TV Guide. It's the best Whitney interview to date, the one in which she speaks most eloquently about size-celebration.

Link:

http://www.tvguide.com/news/top-model-whitney/080516-01

And the most sigificant portions:

Plus-Size Top Model Winner Dishes out Food for Thought
by Ben Katner

Are we at last at the end of the era of stick figures on the catwalk? If America's Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson has anything to say about it ó and does she ever! ó the answer is a resounding yes.


TVGuide.com: Do you think Tyra might have cut you some slack because she really wanted a plus-size model to win this time around?

Whitney: Definitely not! I worked my butt off every single week. One thing that separates me from other plus-size models who have been in earlier cycles is that Iím saying, ďIím not emaciated, Iím not starving myself and yet Iím considered plus-size. Why is that? Why is a healthy size considered too big?" So I have this message that Iím trying to carry with me. It was incredibly difficult, but I kept thinking, ďIf I donít make it, then who is going to be a role model for my 13-year-old cousin? Who are the first-graders that I teach in elementary school going to look up to? Are they going to be a completely lost generation because all of their role models are in rehab or have eating disorders?" I told myself that failure was not an option and pushed through.


TVGuide.com: Itís gotta be tough for [the other models] to think, ďOh, I should be a model! Iím really, really skinny!Ē and then you come in and take their big qualification away!

Whitney: Exactly. You see them salivating over my food, and Iím sure that was difficult for them. But of course, I think it was even more difficult for me, because they could all gang up together and say, ďOh my God, do you see Whitney?Ē I had nobody that I could say, ďLetís go eat some ice cream!Ē to.


TVGuide.com: Now that you are a Top Model, how do you get the industry to accept you?

Whitney: Iím really, really dependent on my fan base. Iím not sure they realize that, but if these people support me or even another full-figured girl, then thatís good. They won't buy from [designers] who continue to use emaciated models who are starving to death. Thatís where it counts . Hopefully, my fans are going to say, ďWe want more!Ē and word will spread and Iíll get bigger and bigger. In so many peopleís minds, being a model is the be all and end all when it comes to beauty. So if I girl whoís not emaciated can be a model and be on these magazine covers, that means thatís beautiful to them. Hopefully, those people can stop hating on themselves and start respecting their body.


[I]TVGuide.com: It must be an incredible feeling to know that there are people out there who will be having a burger tonight and not feeling guilty about it.

Whitney: You know, I received mail even before the show ended, before I even won, and it was just incredible. Boys and girls from all over the world have e-mailed me to say, ďI had an eating disorder, and Iím seeking help because of you. I just look up to you so much because youíre so confident with your body, and I want to be like that.Ē And I have to say, that having people look up to me and respecting me as a role model is so satisfying. Thatís the best reward that I could possibly have.

Madeline
17th May 2008, 10:02
My favorite comment was from their makeup designer, Sutan, who said, "Youíre the first juicy booty to make it to the runway." On Whitney's MySpace, she has decided to embrace her nickname and refers to herself as JB. LOL.