CariDee English is an American fashion model and TV personality who won Cycle 7 of ANTM.
Her prize was a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a modeling contract with Elite Models, and a six-page fashion editorial and cover for Seventeen magazine. She is the second ANTM winner from North Dakota, the first being Nicole Linkletter of Cycle 5. English is also the host of Oxygen’s biggest premiering show to date, Pretty Wicked.
Before appearing on America’s Next Top Model, Caridee worked as a photographer, and was also an actor in the sketch comedy group known as The 4th Option, which performed weekly in the old East Gate Lounge in Moorhead, Minnesota. On December 13, 2004, she sang with the Willy Waldman Project. She was a listed model with the Academie Agencie in Fargo North Dakota in 2001 and she entered the Millie Lewis Actors Models and Talent Competition in 2002 and was placed with Mega Models in Miami Florida for the summer of 2003, then returned to Fargo at the end of the summer. Caridee suffered from the skin condition psoriasis for 15 years.
Throughout the competition, the judges found much controversy in Caridee’s personality, which was considered notably more outgoing than that of the other contestants. She was noted for her striking comparability to Rebecca Romijn and Karolína Kurková. In the early stages of the cycle, her personality was considered fun and outgoing, most notably during her “hiding dizzily” at a panel challenge.
As winner of the acting challenge in Cycle 7, Caridee had an opportunity to guest-star in an episode of the CW series One Tree Hill (which airs immediately following Top Model). English had multiple scenes, while the previous challenge winners only had one. Also, during that same episode, she mentioned in an emotional outburst during the acting challenge, that she knew about stress and had attempted to kill herself earlier in life because of it.
She was criticized for making an impulsive yet crude joke to fashion photographer and ANTM judge Nigel Barker during the bullfighting photo shoot in Barcelona, asking him “Did you just remove that from your ass from the last panel?” in regards to a large stick Barker was holding. However, English has stated that “he actually joked back”, and was never really mad. In panel, she took out a note and apologized to Barker.
There was a small bit of controversy regarding her on the show as well. She was shown speaking to her boyfriend on the phone in one episode. In the next episode, when the girls were overseas in Barcelona, she was shown passionately kissing one of the male models the girls worked with. English was interviewed saying that during that point, she and her boyfriend were seeing other people, and had since gotten back together.
Later on, the judges began to express concern that her personality may be a little too much. Because of this, the judges were unsure as to whether she was the person they wanted to represent Top Model, noting in the cycle’s finale that she was sometimes too unpredictable and unstable. However, she was crowned the winner over runner-up Melrose Bickerstaff because the judges said that she has the much sought after “X-Factor.”
In early 2008, English was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment Canada. With a flawless body and classic beauty, they said she was the first contestant everybody knew would win since the first episode.
She appeared on the weekly “My Life as a CoverGirl” segments on The CW. In 2007, she was featured in an ad for CoverGirl Eye-wear alongside Cycle 6 winner, Danielle Evans. She returned to ANTM for the finale of the Cycle 8 to give advice to the final three contestants and to open the finale’s runway show.
Caridee was featured on the front page of Social Life and Cover magazines with Top Model alumnae Naima Mora and Danielle Evans. She has modeled for Wedding Style, JC Penney Bisou Bisou, Stephenson Denim, Johnny P. Shoes, American Salon, Matrix Professional Colors in Cosmopolitan and the “Heart On My Sleeves” clothing campaign by Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane and Christian Siriano Fall 09. She was in the Winter 2007 issue of Knit.1 Magazine, the February 2007 issue of Seventeen, the March 2007 issue of In Touch, the Spring 2007 issue of Social Life, the April 2007 issue of Cover, on the cover of “Inked Magazine” for Fall 2007, Loops & Pluto, Short Hair Magazine and on the cover of Runway Magazine.
Her runway credits include J.C. Penney, Carlos Campos, Renee Larc, Jordi Scott, Jill Sander, Snoopy in Fashion, GM Style Auto Show, Honduras Fashion Week, L’Oréal Fashion Week in Toronto, In Style’s 2009′s New Year’s Eve lingerie show at the Estate, where she was the guest of honor and Richie Rich F/W 09 “Blondes have more fun” Show. Caridee has also been featured on Mystyle.com and Blastmagazine.com. She has appeared several times on the Tyra Banks Show and has been featured in the advertising campaign for ANTM on Oxygen.
Caridee has hosted several parties. She has also taken part in the Seventh Annual World Poker Invitational at the Commerce Casino in 2009. She will also host the Capital Fashion Awards in Sacramento together with Jonathan Waud, Naima Mora and Merlin Castell.
She is a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation, spreading awareness about psoriasis and encouraging others to seek treatment. Caridee says she felt “cursed” with psoriasis when she was young because of the taunts of classmates. Today, her “curse” is her cause. “Psoriasis awareness is very important to me. I want others with the disease to know they are not alone. I want to inspire them to live their dreams,” she said.
As such she opened the walk for Awareness on January 13, 2008 in San Diego and was featured on the cover for Allure. She has also held a congressional briefing on Psoriasis on June 11, 2007. She has taken part in the walk for awareness multiple times since. She is also featured in the Canadian Psoriasis Education website.
Caridee has also taken part in a video against seal hunting. She also attended the Power of Paws opening, an association which promotes animals as part of health programs and promoted Project Cuddles. She also took part in the NOH8 campaign.
English in featured on Brad Walsh’s debut album in the song called Boy/Girl and is working on music with Better than Ezra.
She is still and currently signed with Elite Model Management in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
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