Amanda Swafford was a contestant on Cycle 3 of ANTM.
Before appearing on America’s Next Top Model, Swafford modeled under the name “Amanda Mellard” in Austin, Texas, where she was a somewhat established figure in Austin’s fashion community. After appearing on America’s Next Top Model, Swafford modeled for Levi’s in an ad campaign with other visually impaired models. In 2005, Swafford announced plans to write a multi-sensory book for children.
When Amanda tried out for the Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, the judges all noted that her most stunning feature was her ice-blue eyes. Though her stunning eyes were her assets, they could also be considered a liability as she was legally blind. But that did not stop her from wanting to participate as a cast on the show and she was called 10th during casting.
The judges were amazed by her photos, especially the un-retouched beauty shot that she took during the third week of the competition. She was never once criticized by the judges for being too old for the competition, despite her being 25 years old at the time. When she went on her go sees in Japan, she was told that she was too old by one of the designers.
She participated in the finale along with winner Eva Pigford and Yaya Da Costa, but Amanda was eliminated when she and Eva were in the bottom 2. The judges had a difficult time deciding whom to send home, as all three contestants had strong CoverGirl photos, and all 3 were considered strong contenders, but in the end, it was Amanda. One of the judges, Janice Dickinson, was a dissenting voice on the judging panel, saying, “I love you!” to Swafford when she was eliminated. She was recently voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL entertainment.
Amanda has appeared on the covers of Bliss for Bride Magazine and Access Magazine, and has modeled for Levi’s Jeans, Felt It! Stitch It! Fabulous! and WEBS.
Since the show, Amanda has signed with Storm Model Management in New York City and Acclaim Talent Agency. And due to her retinitis pigmentosa, she has since gone completely blind.
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