Ren Vokes was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
Ren is a 22-year-old aspiring model from Grand Prairie, Texas. She was a finalist for the Kim Dawson Model Search and was signed with the agency prior to her appearance on America’s Next Top Model.
Ren was unconventionally introduced into Cycle 14 after the final twelve girls were already selected by Tyra and the Jays. She was presented to the other contestants by Tyra while Perez Hilton was showing the them around Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum in NYC. Tyra said that Ren possessed a punk, edgy look that would spice up the competition. Ren was hand-picked by the judging panel outside of the usual audition process.
During the top model makeovers, it was discovered by the Jays that Ren didn’t normally shave her armpits. She revealed that she never shaves her armpits for reasons surrounding health and women’s rights issues. She was then given the first Top Model ‘underarm makeover’, as dubbed by Miss J.
During episode 2, it was obvious that Ren was incredibly unhappy in the Top Model house due to the loud chatter and high energy. Ren’s laid back and reserved personality clashed specifically with Alasia’s rambunctious and loud demeanor. Ren confronted Alasia, asking her to shut up. This resulted in a temper trantrum from Alasia, where she began screaming and throwing items at Ren.
Despite Ren’s exceptional performance during the nude photo with Brian Edwards, Ren landed in the bottom two with Naduah. Tyra said that Ren was edgy, cool and interesting, but her performance was unpredictable, which worried the judges. In the end, the panel eliminated Naduah instead, choosing to keep Ren for another week.
During episode 3, Ren continued to voice her disenchantment with regards to living in the Top Model house. She also spoke openly about wanting to quit because she was tired of the petty drama between the girls. Additionally, Ren divulged that the only reason she entered the Top Model competition was to get noticed by her mother, who tended to favor her “all-American brother” more than herself. It was Ren’s mother’s dream for Ren to become a model, so she entered the competition to make her mother proud.
When Ren failed to produce a satisfactory photo following the Cade Martin ‘dance’ photo shoot, she landed in the bottom two with Brenda. It was then that Tyra chose to confront Ren regarding her reason for being on the show. Ren clarified that she loved the industry and loved modeling, but she only went on the show to please her mother. Ultimately, Tyra opted to eliminate Ren and keep Brenda for another week. (Although, it seemed as if Ren would have quit had she not been eliminated.) Ren was the third girl eliminated from Cycle 14.
Ren described herself as a “free spirit who can’t be caged.”
To read Ren’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
Since the show, Ren has moved to Los Angeles to try and further her modeling career. She hasn’t been signed to an agency just yet, but she has already been offered various modeling jobs due to the exposure she had through the show.
To see more photos of Ren, click here.