Profiles of the twelve women -- up from last season's ten -- vying for a modeling contract and other prizes are listed below. Tyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, fashion photographer Nigel Barker and Eric Nicholson, senior fashion editor of Jane magazine will serve as second season judges. Adrianne Curry, a 20-year-old waitress from Chicago, won the first season's competition.
Name: April Wilkner
Occupation: Account executive
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla.
Created by world-renowned supermodel Tyra Banks, who executive produced the series with Ken Mok, America's Next Top Model chronicles the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce supermodels. Twelve participants will live together in a New York City loft and vie for a multi-faceted Grand Prize package featuring the opportunity to be managed by the prestigious IMG Models. In addition, the winner will have an opportunity to appear on the cover of a Sephora catalogue, as well as in a fashion spread in Jane magazine.
Cameras catch each moment as participants face weekly tests that determine who makes the cut. With mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion industry gurus, the finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp, a crash course that could lead to supermodel fame.
Participants are asked to demonstrate both inner and outer beauty as they master complicated catwalks, intense physical fitness, fashion photo shoots and publicity skills, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the America's Next Top Model cameras.