Transgendered contestant will compete on Top Model 11

A transgendered contestant is among the 14 girls who will compete on America’s Next Top Model 11 this year.

Isis identifies herself as “a woman born physically male,” she told Us Weekly. “My cards were dealt differently.”

The WB announced the finalists yesterday, and the press release identifies 22-year-old Isis as a “program assistant at a non profit organization.”

GLAAD president Neil Giuliano said in a statement released to media outlets that “[t]he inclusion of Isis on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ offers an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television. We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible.”

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Contestant to Compete on Top Model [Us Weekly]
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The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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