She went to walk runway shows for Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Dries van Noten, and Betsey Johnson, and became the face of spring 2012 Herve Leger campaign. English took the crown in 2006 and continued her career in television shortly thereafter.
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She has since pursued a career in acting with roles in “The Young & the Restless,” BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and the TV One dramedy, “Born Again Virgin.” After Curry was crowned in the series’ inaugural season, she took another go at reality television and appeared in VH1’s “The Surreal Life.” There, she met former child star Christopher Knight and the two got hitched during their short-lived VH1 docu-series, “My Fair Brady.” She is currently collaborating with Stan Lee (yes, the real Stan Lee) on her cosplay web series, “Super Fans.” Tipton finished third in the competition in 2003, but the model has gained success through her acting chops since leaving the show.
She has appeared in films such as “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Warm Bodies” and “Lucy.” The former model also landed the leading role in ABC’s 2014 rom-sitcom, “Manhattan Love Story.” Jones’ became one of the first plus size models to make it far in the tournament, placing at seventh on her season.
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