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J. Alexander, Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model

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Just so there's no confusion, 5-foot-7 isn't short for a woman. Nor is it short for a season of America's Next Top Model.

If the big turn out—and by "big," we mean frighteningly big drama—for the auditions was any indication, Tyra Banks' troop of lovelies-in-training should be no less tall on talent than previous seasons.

For lucky cycle 13, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 9 on the CW, contestants were required to meet a height requirement of less than 5-7. The shrimpiest is four inches shorter than that (gasp!).

Banks leads the panel of experts, including photographer Nigel Barker, runway expert J. Alexander and a revolving seat of guest judges, including Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian.

Without further ado, here's your list of beauties vying for a $100,000 modeling contract with CoverGirl, management by Wilhelmina Models and six pages in Seventeen magazine:

  • Ashley, 22, artist; 5-foot-6; Chicago
  • Bianca, 21, student; 5-foot-7; Columbia, S.C.
  • Brittany, 21, student; 5-foot-5; Livermore, Calif.
  • Courtney, 22, cheer instructor; 5-foot-4; Plantation, Calif.
  • Erin, 18, student; 5-foot-6; Kenosha, Wis.
  • Jennifer, 23, model; 5-foot-5; Philadelphia
  • Kara, 19, student; 5-foot-7; Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Laura, 19, waitress; 5-foot-6; Stanford, Ky.
  • Lisa, 19, student; 5-foot-5; Queens, N.Y.
  • Lulu, 19, student; 5-foot-7; Brooklyn
  • Nicole, 18, student; 5-foot-7; Louisville, Colo.
  • Rachel, 18, customer service; 5-foot-5; Woodland, Calif.
  • Rae, 21, homemaker/mother; 5-foot-6; Rochester, Minn.
  • Sundai, 18, student; 5-foot-3; Bakersfield, Calif.


So many pretty ladies, fierce or otherwise in Fashion Police!