Lisa D’Amato was a contestant on Cycle 5 of ANTM.
The then 23-year-old Los Angeles native claims to have been dared to send in an audition tape to America’s Next Top Model because her friends were obsessed with the show. After a year of persuasion, she decided to participate in the program realizing she had nothing to lose.
On the show, Lisa was the front runner of her season. She was portrayed as the girl with the most outrageous personality and the best model when it came to the photoshoots. She soon became known as the “most notorious” of the models, not scared to speak her mind to the other contestants. She would run around the contestants’ house with wigs, masks and weird outfits, and one time after getting drunk, she had a long conversation with a Pampas Grass bush she named “Cousin It”.
The judges eliminated Lisa eighth, as they perceived her confidence as arrogance, although her pictures and personality had been considered some of the strongest of the contestants.
Lisa has shown discontent with her elimination and the show in general by writing about it in her blog. She stated that she thought the show to be very manipulative in their ways and not very helpful in terms of learning new things about modeling. She believes that her modeling career would have been better off without the show since she was already booking jobs prior to being a contestant. She has stated: “If you really want to model your better off just walking into an agency rather than audition for America’s Next Top Model. The show is a joke and is really only about drama. ‘Shocker!’.”
Lisa has been modeling since the age of twelve, a fact that went unmentioned on America’s Next Top Model, starring in advertisements for companies such as: XOXO, Barneys New York, Mervyn’s, Teen Magazine, Sassy, YM, Seventeen, Guess, Flojos, Surfer Magazine, Dragonfly. She has travelled around the world doing runway shows and print for Barney’s New York, XOXO, Guess, Jared Gold, Devon Becke’s, Levi’s, H&M, Diane Von Furstenberg, 2BeFree, Clementyne, Sebastian’s International, Coca-Cola’s Bon Voyage campaign, Q101 (a local radio station in Chicago, Illinois), Target, and The Gap’s “Mellow Yellow” campaign.
After top model, Lisa signed with L.A Models and L.A Talent which resulted her starring in an ad campaigns like : Black Chandelier, designed by Jared Gold, Clementyne, DaftBird, Swindle Magazine (where she had a six-page editorial and write-up) and Lemonade Magazine (where she also had a six-page spread and write-up). Lisa has also modeled for Shoshanna Lonstein, DaftBird, Ford Fusion, Clementyne, Lip Service, Elle Girl Magazine, Lemonade magazine, Lilian Kha, and Permission Magazine where she appeared on the cover of its October 2006 issue. Her runway shows include Jared Gold, 2BeFree, Alice & Olivia’s Fall 2006 collection and Jared Gold’s Caspian Runway Show. Lisa has also appeared in two Old Navy commercials and on Ripe TV.
Lisa has pursued a career in music and has made a transition from modeling to performing, particularly in the rap, electro rap and hip-hop genres. On October 8, 2007, the music video for her song “Ace of Spades” dropped, garnering nearly one million plays. Later she worked with Cisco Adler (Whitestarr, Shwayze, Dirt Nasty, Mickey Avalon). This partnership resulted in tracks including “My Name Is Lisa” and “Bikini.” Adler and Lisa collaborated on videos for those tracks. Her song “Can’t Touch It!” was featured on the HBO show Entourage (TV Series).
Lisa’s debut album called “La Puchinetta” was released in January 2010. The collaborators include DJ Lethal (House of Pain, Everlast), and DJ Gavin O’Connor . Between recording sessions, Lisa has performed throughout the Southwestern United States, doing shows with her backup dancers, dubbed “The Super Smokin’ Hot Bikini Dancers”. She has opened for, or worked with LMFAO, Hyper Crush, 3OH!3, Shwayze, Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, Mickey Avalon, Ultraviolet Sound, Electric Valentine, and Boomkat.
Lisa has played as a resident and host at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California, the Key Club, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Hard Rock Hotel, Malibu Inn, Mood, SXSW (Austin, Texas), Palm Hotel and Casino (Vegas), Magic (Vegas), Coachella (Palm Springs, CA), and Hyde.
Lisa won an award from “The Reality Remix Awards” for “Favorite Altered State.” She was recently voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment and as the tenth biggest villain in reality TV by TV Guide.
It was reported that Lisa dated British singer Robbie Williams in October 2006, after being hooked up by a mutual friend in Hollywood. She has also been linked romantically to Cisco Adler.
Most recently, Lisa appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew for alcoholism. It was there that she shared on camera that she had been physically abused when she was a child.
Lisa no longer models, as she is focusing on her music career. Her latest album was released in January of 2010. She’s produced music videos for her singles Ace of Spades, Grind, Trainwreck, Surrender, and Sextape.
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