As the popular reality contest show CW’s America’s Next Top Model heads into casting for its 22nd cycle. Reports are surfacing that a former contestant is suing host and creator of the show; Tyra Banks, for what is being labelled as a breach in contract.
Buffalo, New York model Angelea Preston was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model on two separate occasions: debuting as a contestant in cycle 12 and cycle 14, both competitions eliminated. However, Angelea is notoriously known for being disqualified from the reality competition due to the discovery of being known as a former escort prior to competing in America’s Next Top Model. In 2013, Preston reported that she originally won the 14th cycle back in 2011 but was uncrowned after producers obtain information of her former escort ties; however, producers had already known of her past a year prior and allowed her to compete. Now, Preston is seeking at least $3 million dollars from named Tyra Banks and The CW network in a filed lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 10th.
Preston also claims that supermodel Tyra Banks was also aware of her past, Preston stated publicly, thanked Defendant Tyra Banks for ‘changing her life.’ The documents read, “Specifically Preston stated to defendant Tyra Banks that she has ‘done things in the past that she was not proud of.’ Defendant Tyra Banks inquired, ‘What things?’ Preston replied, ‘Things I’m not proud of to get money.’ ”
According to the lawsuit obtained by Rumor Fix, Angelea won Cycle 14 of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2011 but was never given the prizes which included a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a magazine fashion spread. She said she was disqualified because of her background as an escort.
Since the lawsuit has gone public, no word from Tyra or her camp has been made public; however, The CW has issued an official statement, stating the following:
“As noted during the broadcast of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ finale in 2011, information about Angelea was learned after production wrapped on that cycle that led to her disqualification from the competition,” the statement read, “We are confident that her lawsuit has no merit.”
Since her days with ANTM, not much more has been seen or heard from Preston involving a modeling career. In 2012, Preston birthed a child with fellow model Eric Bueno Brown and mentioned in reports that she was in “Super Mother Mode”. There are no sources of Preston aligned with an agency to date.