Project Runway finalist Anya Ayoung-Chee’s sex tapes resurface

Anya Ayoung-Chee, one of Project Runway‘s final four designers, had sex tapes surface when she was a Miss Universe contestant, representing Trinidad and Tobago, and those are now getting new attention, especially after she discussed it after the penultimate episode.

During Thursday’s After the Runway special on Lifetime, she called it a “scandal” and said, “my boyfriend and I have had a few intimate tapes and they were released unbeknownst to us on the Internet.” She added, “it was not only a disgrace for me and my family, but also for the country. It took me through the mud for sure.”

That happened in 2009, when clips of sexual activity that appeared to take place at the same time surfaced online. In those, Anya is performing oral sex on a man; having sex with him, perhaps anal; and engages in a three-way with another woman and the man. (A 2009 Gawker story notes that the other woman is not Hiroko Mima, although she’s identified that way on the video.)

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.