America's Next Top Model, UPN's model competition reality show which scored solid ratings in its first season and returns for a second season on Tuesday, January 13, has announced the identities of the twelve women competing in this season's competition.


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: Catie Anderson
Age: 18
Occupation: Wire stripper (electrician)
Hometown: Willmar, Minn.

Name: Heather Blumberg
Age: 18
Occupation: Customer service rep
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.

Name: Anna Bradfield
Age: 24
Occupation: Housewife/mother
Hometown: LaGrange, Ga.

Name: Jenascia Chakos
Age: 21
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Burien, Wash.

Name: Xiomara Frans
Age: 25
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: Morganville, N.J.

Name: Bethany Harrison
Age: 22
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Houston

Name: Yoanna House
Age: 23
Occupation: Babysitter/clothing designer's assistant
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Name: Camille McDonald
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Name: Sara Racey-Tabrizi
Age: 22
Occupation: Restaurant hostess
Hometown: Seattle

Name: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Age: 21
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.

Name: Shandi Sullivan
Age: 21
Occupation: Walgreen's clerk
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Name: April Wilkner
Age: 23
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.

America's Next Top Model airs Tuesdays, (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.