'America's Next Top Model' Is Brit Sophie Sumner
Sophie Sumner, 21, received the honor of being America's Next Top Model in the "British Invasion" themed 18th cycle of the show, hosted by Tyra Banks, 38, and her usual acolytes J. Alexander, 53, Jay Manuel, 39, and Nigel Barker, 39.
American contestant Laura LaFrate, 20, was runner-up on America's Next Top Model, and both she and ultimate victor Sumner participated in the show's token Cover Girl commercial and photo shoot. LaFrate's nerves got the better of her at one point, winding her up in the hospital.
In the end analysis, Sumner edged LaFrate out, and received not only the coveted title but a "genius" compliment from host Banks. Sumner is no stranger to the runway … or runway competitions. She previously donned her blonde-and-pink 'do in the fifth cycle of Britain's Next Top Model.
To make this season's culmination even more dramatic, it was made clear last month that Manuel, Barker, and Alexander would not be returning after the figurative curtain dropped, as Banks previously gave the trio their walking papers. "To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America's Next Top Model," Banks wrote on her official Facebook page. "Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us."
Judge Kelly Cutrone is expected to stay on board for the next cycle of America's Top Model, according to Us Weekly.
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