Elyse Sewell

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Elyse Marie Sewell, (born June 10, 1982) is an American fashion model. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sewell obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Her start in modeling came when she entered a reality television modeling competition on the first season of America's Next Top Model, airing at the time on UPN, in which she came in third. Sewell was known on the show as the "edgy pre-med student". In 2005, one of her "confessional" clips from the show, in which she started a profanity-laden rant against the people on the show, earned her 16th place on E!'s Most Outrageous TV Moments. She attributes this outburst to the unusual requirement on the show to voice one's private thoughts and to soliloquize in a "confessional booth".

Early life

Elyse was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to her appearance on America's Next Top Model, Sewell worked as a research assistant in an evolutionary biology lab.

America's Next Top Model

While on the show, she said that she would be going off to medical school if she did not win the competition. Although she did not win, she has since carved out a successful modeling career in Asia, working mainly in Hong Kong. She has had print advertisements for Chanel and Chow Sang Sang Jewelry and appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong. Despite Tyra Banks' hope that Sewell would come to see that modeling was not as easy as it was often made out to be, Sewell continued to insist that it was the "easiest job in the world".

She was named one of Wired Magazine's 2005's 10 Sexiest Geeks for her ill-timed explanation of the link between estrogen features and modeling success to the ANTM judges at the panel meeting that resulted in her elimination.

After America's Next Top Model

In 2004, Sewell started a LiveJournal blog about her experiences of modeling overseas. She published a book called Beauty and The Biz: The International Adventures of America's Third-to-Next Top Model in Hong Kong in 2006 based in part on her (now abandoned) blog. She appeared in multiple book signings across Hong Kong. Her other writing credits include a satirical piece for Bust Magazine on how to be a reality TV star, as well as posts for the website Lemondrop.

In a June 5, 2009 entry, Sewell wrote that she was leaving Hong Kong and returning to her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She abandoned her online journal not long after.


Sewell dated Martin Crandall of The Shins until January 2008, when he allegedly assaulted her in a Sacramento hotel. Both Crandall and Sewell were charged with felony domestic assault, though their cases were later dismissed.

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