Ann Ward was a contestant during Cycle 15 of ANTM.
The student from Dallas, Texas was 19 years old during her appearance on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 15.
In episode 1, Ann revealed that she was a quiet girl who was also very shy in high school who was often shunned due to her self-proclaimed “nerdy” lifestyle/appearance. Ann also endured years of scrutiny due to her dramatic height at 6 foot 2 inches. She added that people frequently asked her if she played basketball.
On camera, Ann mentioned that her mom is 6’3, her dad is 6’6 and her brother is 6’7. In addition to height, she also divulged that her family also has very high metabolisms; they can essentially eat what they want and never gain weight.
Ann had difficulty while attempting to become a model before her appearance on ANTM, as her height was a hinderance with modeling agencies. Typically, the height cut off lands at 6 feet, so she was rejected often because she was too tall to be represented in the industry.
When Ann first introduced herself to the judges, Tyra commented that she had an incredibly small waist. That particular snippit was used in a TV spot during the promotion of Cycle 15, which gained some unwelcome controversy on Tyra’s part because it appeared to the media/viewers that she was condoning unhealthy eating habits due to her seemingly positive reinforcement of being so thin. Shortly after the media scrutiny, Tyra released a statement regarding her true feelings about the issue and that she would never condone unhealthy eating habits.
As episode 1 progressed, Ann noticed the other girls talking about her height. On camera, she said it hurt her to hear the other girls talk about her in such a negative manner.
Ann was called 13th during selection of the final 14 girls.
During episode 2, Ann really began to shine and show promise of a potential career in modeling. After toughing it out during the four-stories-high runway challenge for Diane Von Furstenberg (where Mr. Jay described her as ‘awkward’), she went on to do very well during the first photoshoot with photographer Deborah Anderson.
While reviewing her photograph in panel, the judges described her as “amazing” and “a natural.” Andre Leon Talley (ALT) said that she displayed a “European vibe of excellence.” Diane Von Furstenberg said that she has the potential to become a really successful model.
Due to her stellar performance, Ann was called first during elimination.
Episode 3 ended up being a platform for both makeovers and a double elimination. Tyra decided to give Ann a makeover that had to do with “exaggeration” and gave her long reddish hair, which Ann loved.
During review of her photo following the “Fallen Angel” photo shoot with Anne Menke, Ann received rave reviews from the judging panel. The judges said she looked fabulous and was a genius in front of the camera. Tyra just asked that she show more personality in panel.
For her second time in a row, Ann was called first during elimination.
In episode 4, the girls were taken to Knott’s Berry Farm for a posing challenge on a roller coaster called The Silver Bullet. Ann had to portray “intense and fierce,” but was told by Nigel that she looked like an iguana in the final photo.
During the “Undersea Goddess” photo shoot with Matthew Rolston, Ann performed well while modeling jewelry from Mikimoto, Martin Katz and Neil Lane. Mr. Jay said that her shots were very pretty.
In panel, Nigel said her final photo “looked like Italian Vogue to him.” ALT said that her photo was “superb and she was emerging from the depth of the seas.” Matthew Rolston commented that she had a “very unique look; huge eyes and an unusual proportion in her face. She looked like a movie star to the max.”
While deliberating, ALT added that she was “an underworld beauty” and that she “would never sit on a double page.” Matthew Rolston added that “she’s memorable and that rule could be broken about her height.”
Due to another impressive performance in front of the camera, Ann was called first for the third time in a row.
In episode 5, the models participated in a runway challenge in the 2nd Street tunnel in Los Angeles. On the tricky runway with two fast-moving conveyor belts, Ann stumbled a bit, but she managed to stay on her feet.
During the “Lucha Vavoom” shoot with Brahka Squared, Ann was told by Mr. Jay that she needed to “do something different” with regards to her posing. While shooting, Brakha Squared said that Ann needed to be confident and not let it show that she was scared. When she realized her critique was mostly negative, she got upset and walked away from the shoot in tears.
In panel, Ann voiced that she felt as if she disappointed Mr. Jay and the photographers with her poor performance during the shoot. When her picture was revealed, Ann received nothing but positive feedback fro all the judges. Tyra said that her photo was “amazing.” ALT said that her photo was “extraordinary” and that Ann needed to “get confidence.” Karolina Kurkova said that ” sometimes it feels like it’s our worst day, but sometimes it turns out to be our best photo shoot.” Tyra concluded her feedback by telling Ann that she “created magic” with her final photo.
Due to her overwhelming positive reviews, Ann broke a new Top Model record by being called first for the fourth time in a row.
The beginning of episode 6 began with a CoverGirl challenge. Ann and the girls were split into groups of three and had to teach the public how to use CoverGirl products. The public judged the girls and so did fashion journalist Derek Blasberg. Ann was grouped with Kendal and Jane – and in the end, they didn’t shine as well as the winning group, Kayla, Esther and Kacey. Ann, unfortunately, didn’t get good critique. Derek Blasberg said that she “seemed like a mannequin” during the demonstration. Nigel said that she needed to be more personable.
For their photo shoot, the girls got to work with fashion stylist Lori Goldstein and world famous photographer Patrick Demarchelier on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive. Ann and Chelsey got to shoot with a male model in a group photo. During the shoot, Mr. Jay said that Ann was “a bit stiff.” He also said that “she seemed a bit nervous.”
During panel, Nigel said that it was a great photo, but liked Chelsey in the group shot better. ALT said that he loved her walking photo more than anything she’s ever done. Tyra said that it was one of the most awkward ‘model walks,’ but she made it in all her film. Patrick Demarchelier said that she “had control and had a great face.”
During deliberation, ALT said that he sensed an English beauty or an international. Nigel said that he “wished he could get more out her in front of him because he wants to be inspired to book her.” Patrick Demarchelier said that she was “amazing; her personality was shy and wrong, but she looked great in her picture.”
During elimination, Ann was called first for the fifth time in a row.
In episode 7, the girls were introduced to the Grammy Museum and their first challenge. The girls were paired up and had to dress each other as if they were going to present an award at the actual Grammys. Ann and Chelsey were paired up. Due to the difficulty of the challenge, neither girl won the prize.
For their photo shoot, the girls had to portray a couture designer and be shot by Francesco Carrozzini while styled by Rushka Bergman. Ann had to portray Alexander Wang, which is male. During the shoot, Mr. Jay responded well to her performance. He liked her hand positioning. Ann said that her tomboyish attitude contributed to her body language.
During panel, Nigel said that it was “unbelievable how much she’d changed.” He didn’t think that it was her prettiest shot, but said he loved her for that reason. ALT said that it was great and that her dress was well chosen.
Francesco Carrozzini said that Ann “understood the subtleness of the performance.” Tyra said that she “loved the tough mouth.”
During deliberation, ALT said that there’s a “super power about Ann that is propelling her forward.” Francesco concluded by saying that she “had a serious challenge [portraying a male]; she had nothing to play with; it’s impressive.”
Ann’s strong performance earned her a 3rd call out, breaking her winning streak of first call outs.
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