Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
On "Fabulous," "Jay and J," as Manuel and Alexander are called on "Top Model," will travel the country giving women makeovers. In various towns, the duo will select five participants and give them "Top Model"-style overhauls -- how to dress, wear their hair and makeup and bring out their confidence with the support of family, friends and their community.
The project, from Kristina Productions, Mok's 10x10 Entertainment and Banks' Bankable Productions, seeks to capitalize on a fan-favorite "Model" segment, when contestants are given head-to-toe high-fashion makeovers supervised by Alexander. Manuel and Alexander have been with "Model" since the series' debut on UPN in 2003. Manuel is the creative director of show's photo shoots; Alexander is a runway expert who has been a judge for the past few seasons.
"Model" airs twice a year on the CW. Although ratings have ebbed in recent years, the reality show remains the network's highest-rated series. "Fabulous" would mark the third fashion-themed reality series on CW from Banks and Mok, who also exec produce the network's series "Stylista," slated to debut Oct. 22, which features contestants vying for an editorial position at Elle magazine.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden is speaking out for the first time about her July 29 airport scuffle with Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky.
On the October 8 episode of The Tyra Banks Show, she says she and her family were in Turks and Caicos to visit their grandfather who "was dying."
When they arrived at the airport, "Nikki Blonsky ... was very rude to my aunt," Bianca says.
"My aunt had two babies in her arms, and she told my aunt, 'You can leave. You can go away,'" Bianca recalls. "I was really upset by that because my aunt and I are close."
When Bianca spoke up, Nikki turned to her and said, "'You need to mind your business. You don't know what’s going on.' She went off," the model says. "There was a lot of words exchanged. I got really defensive."
Golden's mother, Elaine, then intervened, telling them both to calm down.
That's when Blonsky's father, Carl, approached her, Golden says.
"Before my mom could walk away from us, her father ... punched my mom," Bianca tells Banks. "He knocked her out. He hit my mom with such force she stumbled back, and when she stumbled back, the whole family got up and attacked my mom."
Bianca said Nikki then kicked her mother in the crotch.
"That's when my mom fell ... completely," Bianca says. "Both the families were arguing. It was like a scene out of a movie. Airport security finally came and separated everybody."
All the while, Bianca claims the Blonsky family were spewing racial epithets at them. "Her father and mother started saying, ‘They got rabies, they got rabies!'" says Bianca.
Bianca says her mother confided in her on the way to the hospital.
"She said to me, 'Bianca, if anything happens to me, I need you to take care of your brother and sister,'" Bianca says. "To hear that from your mom... I was freaking out."
After suffering a broken nose, fractured skull and internal bleeding, Bianca says her mother is now in therapy.
Says the model, "She walk now and she’s back."
Nikki and her dad are due in court Dec. 1, where she will answer to charges of common assault and actual bodily harm.
Carl is facing a count of inflicting grievous bodily harm.