February 2, 2013
In September of 2012, The Huffington Post posted an article regarding Cycle 7‘s winner CariDee English commenting (via Gawker) on the recent discovery that Cycle 8’s Jael Strauss is addicted to meth. Here is the text from the post (written and posted by HuffPo Staff):
Jael Strauss Meth Addiction: CariDee English Sounds Off On Model, Tyra Banks In Gawker Comments
After the tragic news broke of former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Jael Strauss’ meth addiction, we figured someone from the show’s camp would adress the issue. First up? Fellow aspiring model and former contestant CariDee English proclaiming, “Tyra won’t do anything.”
Gawker covered the chilling trailer for Jael’s forthcoming drug-addiction intervention on “Dr. Phil,” and CariDee used the comment section to voice her opinion on what she considers reckless behavior by the “Top Model” big whigs in choosing visibly fragile Jael to compete in the first place:
“They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason.”
It’s no secret that reality television shows frequently opt for wild, attention-seeking personalities — that’s the backbone of the entire institution, right? But Jael’s meth addiction brings into question how much responsibility shows like this should have regarding contestants once they’re off the air. CariDee also addresses this particular issue in regards to the models’ tough professional careers after they leave the show with their “Top Model” titles:
“I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models… The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. Our agents, our managers….. because we become a instant celeb…. but had a protforlio [sic] of a rookie model. Even though we just were named ‘TOP’ our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.”
Come to think of it, “Top Model” contestants do fall off the radar once they’re off the show. When was the last time you saw one of them strut a major fashion week runway or grace the pages of a significant editorial post-filming? Obviously, Tyra can’t guarantee successful careers once models leave the show, but do you think she should have a responsibility to keep tabs on former contestants to ensure that they’re doing OK?
Here is the full transcription of Caridee’s comment on Gawker:
Tyra won’t do anything. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no “Tyra Mail”. I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture. And critics and industry love to give us all shit for not being the next big supermodel. We all have done well, and we all had to do it on our own. I am not complaining, I am simply defending. I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models. I am sure the show lost its credibility in producing a top model somewhere btwn making 3 cycles a year and posing on roller coasters. Tyra wasn’t there when the cameras stopped rolling, nor did she reach out. I got reached out by her “camp” asking if I would do a “All Star” cycle… I said “Whats the prize? Because last time the only thing I didn’t win was being taken seriously as a top model…” ( I declined after no consideration) The only person that has reached out to me directly is Nigel Barker. He even hired me.
Now this isn’t Tyra’s fault.. we are all capable of becoming anything… I am saying it would have been a good call to have some after show support…
When it boils down to it, there is just not a place for ANTM girls to fit post show. We just needed some guidance.. Are we “Reality Star” ? (ARRRGG I feel deeply that I have contributed more, and have more to offer professionally in The Arts than someone being taped from the shore of Jersey) I truly did the show because I am a model…. and a damn good one given the shot.. (pun intended)
I can’t say what made Jael though.
The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. Our agents, our managers….. because we become a instant celeb…. but had a protforlio of a rookie model. Even though we just were named “TOP” our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.
It’s not a curse, not even close. I chose to be on the show, and so did all the girls before me and after me like Jael. I do not regret anything I am so thankful I followed through with my decision to take that track to my dreams. Am I at the top? Yes.. and for anyone who can’t see this, look up instead of looking down at me, at us.
I am again only defending and providing insight.
I have had many wonderful clients. I love my work. I feel accomplished, and I have turned the business of “CariDee” into one I am proud of and love. I love to inspire people out there to go after what they want, let nothing hold them back.
Now, do I feel like a respected model on the other hand…
Poor girl. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason.
Not to worry, non of us make it out alive.
But heres to making it
September 28, 2010
In December of 2006, Fans of Reality TV (FORT) interviewed Cycle 7‘s winner CariDee English following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Hepcat):
ANTM 7: Interview with CariDee — “I’m So Happy They Picked The Blonde Package!”
She’s here, she’s blonde, and she’s definitely on top! CariDee English, a photographer from North Dakota, was crowned the winner of America’s Next Top Model. In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, CariDee’s prize includes a contract with Elite Model Management, as well as a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine. But you knew that, faithful viewer. Now that she’s had time to get used to her life-changing prize package, CariDee took time out of her busy schedule to share all the love she’s feeling with her FORT fans.
Hi CariDee! Congratulations!
Fans of Reality TV, yes! Hello! Thank you! I’m so excited to talk to you, I love the website — I love, love, love, love, love the website! Trust me, I was there, like, five times a day.
How does it feel to be in the winner’s shoes?
Amazing – I’m sorry, I’m having lunch, so forgive me for chomping. Amazing, amazing. It’s such a blessing. It’s a crazy whirlwind and I want to hold onto it as long as I can.
Do you realize that you’re the first blonde winner?
Oh yeah, girl! (chewing) Sorry, again – food in my mouth. I know I’m the first blonde winner, and I’m so happy they picked the blonde package, they picked me. (laughs) I’m definitely excited and it takes it to a whole other level with the merging of the networks. Yes, I’m so excited.
Did having commercial appeal work for you on the show?
I think it definitely it was great for me, because a lot of American modeling is commercial, it is print. You’re out there, you’re talking, you’re “spokes”. I feel like it’s very friendly; I just try to be myself and have everyone relate to me in some way or another.
Can you tell us, how did you come to be on the show?
I tried out – I got the application from the Internet, and I drove to the Cities, and it was a process of elimination from there.
You say that you wanted to model when you were younger, but you had a skin condition that kept you from trying. You certainly don’t seem like you have any inhibitions or doubts about your looks these days. Where did you find that confidence?
I think I made up for my skin disease and everything with my confidence. I hate [psoriasis], I do – I hate it with a passion – but I had to accept it. Once I accepted it, I did a lot better. I should tell you that naturally, I’m just really out there; I’m outgoing and goofy. Even though I have it, I don’t let it have me, you know?
What was your favorite photoshoot?
Oh, my goodness. All of them? (laughs) A great day for everybody where there was great energy was the Celebrity Photo shoot. That was a great vibe. Everyone was just loving it, it was just fun, we were all different characters. Another favorite photo shoot – I can’t really say one! It was all of them. The skydiving was fun, it was crazy. It was fun. I really liked the Circus Freaks – I liked how it came out. I was totally out there, doing different things, switching it up. I was feeling really good right then. I remember feeling really confident.
On the water shoot, you got hypothermia – this was all explored on the show. But what sticks out to me is that you got a lecture from Tyra that you need to tell them when you’re suffering, and yet, all the girls surely know that if they complain they will hear about it when they’re in front of the judges.
What did you think of being told that you should have said something sooner?
Yeah, it was a catch-22. I could have quit, and if I would have quit, I was a quitter. And if I stuck with it and just stayed it out — which is what I did. What happened was that Ken Mok, a producer, was like, “Get her out of the water, get her out of the water!” And I wasn’t allowed back in. And I know that when you’re going through the first stages of hypothermia, you don’t realize it. So I didn’t realize anything was happening, I just thought I was really cold. Also, the medicine I take for my psoriasis lowers my immune system. My immune system is so much lower than the average person, that cold really hit me hard. When it came time to do the pictures I really focused, but it was definitely a challenge for me.
Was that the most difficult part of the experience?
The water, wobbly runway – whatever the heck that was. That was insane! That was just too much for me. (laughs)That was scary. It was frustrating, it was … just scary.
Have you and Nigel Barker made up, or does he still have a stick up his ass?
Oh, no, no, no — Nigel is great! Nigel is great, he’s so nice. We actually had a dinner that they never aired, and I really, really like Nigel. When I made the joke, actually, what they didn’t show was that he joked right back, instantly right back, and everybody was laughing. The show made an issue out it just for the viewers’ eyes. And also for him to make me realize that you can’t be doing that in other situations — which I never would; like, I would never go into a client situation and just say that out of nowhere. But you just feel like you know him, and he jokes back. The moral of the story is that if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. (laughs)
So you’ve learned to take the “class, dignity and respect” route. Good for you!
You were portrayed on the show as having a wild and crazy personality. Is that accurate in real life?
Definitely! I’m wild and crazy, but I’m not like, (crazy voice) wild one second and then (quiet voice)really down the next. It’s just who I am, I have a lot of energy in me. And I think that’s very, very important to have in the modeling industry, because you’re going constantly. You’re on, you’re going, you have to think of new things, you have to be innovative, you have to be creative. It’s an important characteristic to have if you want to succeed in the long run.
You’re eating lunch during interviews…
(laughs) Yeah, exactly! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Come on, everyone says they get a bad edit. You’re saying you’re like that in real life?
(laughs)Well, there are certain things that went on, like, they made it look like I was happy one minute and falling apart the next. It wasn’t really like that. They didn’t show a lot of like hanging around the house and just being chill. I loved a lot of people, I got close to a lot of the girls, and had great conversations. They just showed highs and lows of me, which is frustrating, because there were definitely something else with me. I can be very chill and I feel like Jaeda was really funny, I wish they had shown that more. Megg had more sides to her than just “rock and roll” and she was awesome. Monique was pretty accurate, though. (laughs)
I understand you have a boyfriend at home, right?
Yes, I do.
Did you have any explaining to do about that Spanish guy?
We’ve been going for two years, but when I was filming, we took a break because we were having troubles like any other couple, especially, you know, that two-year thing. And we just took a break before I left, and we just recently got back together about a month ago, officially. On November 27th, actually. It’s good to step away from something if you really want it. We were always in contact, and friends, and everything, but I think it was best for our relationship to be apart during all that. And also, I could concentrate more on the competition, not missing him and not so involved in him, that helped too.
The reason I ask is that people have said it was cheating on your part, and I wanted to give you that chance to address that.
Oh no, absolutely not. That’s why there was never a big deal about it on the show, because it wasn’t a big deal. I’m glad to clear the air on this, definitely. The editing made a mistake, like early on, saying “CariDee’s boyfriend” – they knew we were having troubles and were apart. They knew he was dear to me and I still talked to him and everything, because he is my best friend first and foremost, but yeah, we weren’t together during it, and that’s what the big misunderstanding was.
Who were you close to in the house?
I wish I could answer that, I really do. I knew that question was going to come up and I don’t have a certain person, but I can’t answer because I really loved everyone, honestly. It hit me in different ways. They are all so beautiful, they were all so great. I loved Megg, she made me feel so good. When she walked into the room, everything just lifted. All of your worries just kind of melted, you know? She was wonderful, a beautiful person. A.J., she was a great person to talk serious with. Anchal, beautiful, was so fun to just have fun with, to laugh, and giggle, and just be goofy with. She used to dare people to do things. And Michelle was the person who would put other people first before she would ever think of herself. A completely selfless person, just awesome. Amanda was so sweet, she was shy, but she was sweet. Eugena—oh God, loved Eugena. Love, love, love Eugena. We got really close during the time in Barcelona because…I don’t know! I just loved her. She was just so funny to me. I wish they would have showed more, but the things she would do were just so real, it’s just funny the way they came off.
I really got close to everybody. Megan, so sweet, so sweet and so kind, and now she’s doing great! I saw her on the cover of a magazine, and it was beautiful and smart. She was very reserved, but very sincere and just loved to have fun. And even Christian was an awesome person. I only got to meet her for a little bit, but she would always laugh at the things I would say, and I told her, “It’s so fun that we’re getting close,” and stuff like that. I just got close to everyone at one point or another. It was so hard to see them leaving, you know? Oh my God, Brooke – wise beyond her years, and the most intelligent girl her age I’ve ever met, and probably the whole competition.
You didn’t mention Melrose, what can you say about her?
Melrose was a good person. She was – I still don’t really know how she is, but she was a great competitor, let me tell you. If I was going to lose, which I wasn’t – no wait. If I was going to win, which I did, I didn’t want to win in a way that implied it was given to me. She gave me a run for my money. She was a hard competitor, and she’s great, she’s smart, she’s motivated. There’s a lot of things that she embodies that I wish I did, as far as just like – I mean, I’m driven, but she’s – there’s a smartness to her that is so inspiring.
As far as that little showdown on the final runway challenge with Melrose – did she think you stepped on her dress on purpose?
No. I just know her. It’s the fact that she just loves fashion, and the dress got a hole in it. She was upset because she has a passion for clothes, you know. It was just intense.
It’s not like you were going home with the dresses, so why did she take it so personally?
Well, I would never, ever, ever ruin a designer’s dress. It was only by accident. Those trains were four feet long, and it twisted around me when I turned really quickly, and my heel got caught in it. It’s a live show, that’s the thing, she had to understand that. It’s a live show and things happen, you’ve just got to roll with it, keep going, and not let it affect you. Of course I was worried that the designers were going to be mad at me, but I apologized.
Do you think she was just trying to psyche you out?
No, she psyched herself out. She didn’t even bother me. I’ve been in theater and acting before, and I know that anything can go on at any moment, and if it does you do not let it show. The show must go on.
Were you surprised that you received so much criticism from the judges for the final runway show?
Yeah, they gave me good points, too. A lot of people expect a model going on this show to automatically be great, but it’s a learning process. Like me, photos are easy for me. It just comes naturally. Walking? It’s good for me but I was so nervous, that I forgot to breathe. I was just like, (breathing in noisily) so intense and so nervous. And the competition itself, I just forgot to have a good time. Now that the pressure’s off, on a runway I’ll totally just have a lot of fun. I’ll show everything because I’m not thinking, “this is SO important.” There’s a whole different motive behind it.
What do you think of Tyra after this experience? What can you tell us about her that we wouldn’t necessarily know from watching her on TV?
She is so smart and so full of knowledge that’s even beyond her comprehension. She affects people to the core. It’s a lingering effect that she leaves on people. I owe everything to her. She’s amazing. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t even talking to you right now, or having these experiences. I owe my life and my career to her, and for that I will always be thankful. People don’t realize that she’s only human, too. They’ll criticize and say, “why’d you wear that?” or “why did you look like that?” – well, she’s only human! That’s what’s made her go so far, is that she takes these things gracefully. She makes mistakes, or she does well, and she’s not so full of herself to the point of being worried about being out there. She’s a real person, and that’s what’s gotten her so far. She’s great with people. She’s got her own show, her talk show, she’s one of the top women in entertainment right now and she’s 34. 35 this week. It’s amazing.
Can you tell us about your future plans?
Thank God I’m a CoverGirl! One of the best things about this is that not only am I an Elite model, but I’m with CoverGirl. I love CoverGirl, I’ve loved their products since I was a little girl, and honestly, I’m not just saying that. I’ve really loved their products ever since I was young, and to be representing them and have them behind my name, you know? CariDee, CoverGirl model. It’s amazing. I appreciate everything that is coming with that. I can’t wait. We’re shooting our commercial in Australia next week. I’m just so excited, and I’m so grateful. I feel like I’ve been through so much. I hope that somebody saw it and I motivated them to do the same thing, too. I could have taken the easy way out. I still wanted to model, but with my psoriasis no one even gave me the chance. It was my incentive to do it.
Is there anything else you’d like the posters on FORT to know?
I love all the fans you have there. Tell them thank you for posting and the support and everything. It definitely would make my day. Whenever I was feeling down I would read there, and people on there, I’ll never meet them, but they made me feel so good, and I appreciate that so much. So, thank you so much and God bless!
FORT congratulates CariDee, winner of the seventh cycle of America’s Next Top Model! Thanks to CW for another great season of interviews.
September 28, 2010
On May of 2007, Seventeen Magazine / CosmoGirl interviewed Cycle 7‘s winner CariDee English regarding her career and involvement with public awareness regarding Psoriasis. Here is the text from the interview (Posted by Seventeen Magazine Staff):
Catch Up with CariDee English
Cycle 7’s Top Model winner and Seventeen cover girl CariDee English stopped by the Seventeen offices yesterday to catch up with the Web team. Despite getting caught in the rain, she looked absolutely gorgeous and was in goofy spirits. Here’s what she told us about her career in the last few months!
Her life as a cover girl
Take a look at newsstands and you can find CariDee on the cover of Social Life, Wedding Style,Cover magazine — and yours truly, Seventeen (check out page 58 of the June 2007 issue to see CariDee modeling some supercute summer hairstyles!).
This year has been a total whirlwind for CariDee, 21, who recently landed a national ad campaign with JC Penney. She moved from her native small town of Fargo, ND, to Williamsburg, NY (a trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn). She’s become friends with big-name celebs (Molly Sims, Vanessa Minnillo, Nick Lachey), but always keeps grounded by talking with her Top Modelmomma, Miss Tyra Banks. Most of the time, they keep in touch by meeting for dinner, e-mailing, and talking on the phone.
Her role in the National Psoriasis Foundation
Recently, CariDee was named the spokesperson of the National Psoriasis Foundation, an honor she couldn’t wait to tell us all about! For most of her life, CariDee struggled with psoriasis, a skin disease that almost ruined her dreams of modeling.
People who suffer from psoriasis often have large areas of scaly red skin all over their body. As you can probably guess, this had a huge effect on CariDee’s self-esteem as a teenager.
As the spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation, CariDee plans to spread the word about the disease, her hope for a cure, and forming psoriasis support groups. Want to find out what you can do? Check out Psoriasis.org.
September 27, 2010
CariDee’s conception of beauty
“America’s Next Top Model” cycle seven winner, CariDee English, says it takes more than genes to look good on the runway.
She told us at ESPN’s Summer Fun soiree on Thursday that to be beautiful, you need: “a good mom, a good dad and a lot of booze.”
“My dad was on Jack Daniel’s; my mom was on tequila. My mom threw up and my dad didn’t give up,” she explained about the romantic night on which she was conceived.
“And then nine months later, I popped out.”
September 27, 2010
‘Top Model’ winner CariDee English on her modeling career and her battle with psoriasis
Since winning the reality television series America’s Next Top Model in December 2006,CariDee English, a small-town girl from Fargo, North Dakota, was plucked from relative obscurity to be the new look for CoverGirl Cosmetics, the newest fresh face on the cover of Seventeen, and affiliated with the largest modeling agency in the world, Elite Model Management.
However, she feels her greatest accomplishment is being the spokeswoman for the National Psoriasis Foundation, in which she is a motivational speaker and gives encouragement to psoriasis sufferers. CariDee has even lobbied in Congress for the passage of a bill which would ask the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine to increase spending on finding a cure for psoriasis. You can read more about her role with the National Psoriasis Foundation here.
Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman sat down and talked with CariDee earlier in the week to discuss her own issues with psoriasis, how she has helped other sufferers in her role as spokeswoman for the Foundation, as well as what it’s like to be a new model in New York City and her thoughts on how the fashion industry operates today.
This is the second in a series of articles with America’s Next Top Model contestants. Articles will be published sporadically.
Intro and her Super Bowl pick
Mike Halterman: Hi! How are you doing today?
CariDee English: Fine! Doing good.
MH: So I heard you went to the Super Bowl last Sunday.
CE: Oh, no, I didn’t get to go! I’ve been in New York for Fashion Week. Did someone tell you I went?
MH: Yeah, Jose [her manager at Elite Model Management] told me you had. Well, did you have a team to root for, anyway?
CE: Of course! I was going for New York! This was the first time that a team won in the state I was living in! I’m from North Dakota, and we don’t have any professional teams, so it was pretty cool
From North Dakota to the big city
MH: I’d imagine it’s a big change moving from small-town North Dakota to New York City. What do you remember thinking in your first weeks in New York City?
CE: I don’t know…it was kind of overwhelming! I remember being overwhelmed. There were trash and pigeons everywhere…and an endless amount of walking! But you know, I just love how big it is and how there are just…endless dreams. You have the opportunity to accomplish so much here.
MH: Did you miss home or ever think about just moving back to North Dakota?
CE: No, I could never move back to North Dakota. What would I do?
MH: Well, you were a fashion photographer, you could have went back there for some work…although I don’t know how much you’d be in demand there.
CE: Yeah, it wasn’t even an option! Not a thought.
On representing the National Psoriasis Foundation
MH: So you’re currently a spokeswoman for the National Psoriasis Foundation. What have you found, in your interactions with others who have had the disease, are their reactions once the disease manifests itself?
CE: I think a lot of people try to hide away from it, and I want people to be comfortable in their own skin, no pun intended. I just want people to be comfortable with themselves, because I know I hid under clothes for years.
MH: In your experience as ambassador, what story touched you the most?
CE: It really makes me upset because there are a lot of great medications out there and the government won’t fund payments for patients. There was a 9-year-old boy who was on a great medicine and then his insurance dropped him from it. It came back and it’s now covered 95% of his body. You know, it’s just heartbreaking to be able to be treated for it and then not be able to afford it.
MH: Were your reactions to psoriasis and discovering you had it comparable with those of other people?
CE: No, because I understood what it was when I had it. Other people may be scared of it when they discover they have it, because they might not know what it is.
MH: Did relating with others with the condition give you a personal boost?
CE: Oh, yeah, absolutely. Seeing a little boy, healing and still living life, that’s an inspiration to me. We’re all just trying to be here for each other. No one person is above anyone else, we’re just trying to support each other and find a cure together.
MH: As an ambassador for psoriasis awareness, you’ve become a role model of sorts to young girls and women who are afflicted with the disease. What kind of advice have you given to people coping with the disease?
CE: “I have psoriasis, I don’t let psoriasis have me.” Don’t live your life through your disease.
MH: Do you think that having had obstacles like your psoriasis and depression have helped you enter the industry more grounded than other girls who may not have had such rough experiences?
CE: Yeah, I mean, I only know my own experiences, but I didn’t take anything for granted. I was grateful for being able to start in such a difficult industry and having that background to be able to overcome things on my own.
On her former photography work
MH: You’ve worked behind the camera before you stepped in front of it; has this helped you as a model?
CE: It’s helped me to understand the relationship and connection you need to have between a model and photographer, and what the photographer wants out of the model, like what art they want to create, and the importance of it.
MH: Would you like to step back behind the camera at some point?
CE: For fun, absolutely. I love doing that for fun, and…recreational, for sure. It’ll always be a hobby of mine.
MH: Experiencing both the photography side of the spectrum as well as being in front of the cameras, what do you deem extraordinary in terms of the aesthetic? What is beauty to you?
CE: Beauty is having confidence. If a woman is confident in front of the camera, and exudes that confidence, then there’s no room for error. So, confidence, definitely.
Top Model and her modeling career
MH: Obviously your experience on Top Model was very positive. However, has the experience impacted you negatively at all?
CE: I think the only negative thing about it is that fans seem to think that if you’re not on the cover of all these magazines, that you’re not getting work. Not everything is covered equally. It’s a different age now that a lot of celebrities are on the covers of magazines, and people go “Oh, well, this show hasn’t produced a Top Model!” We’ve been doing a lot of work in a lot of different things and I think people forget that.
MH: I’ve been following your career, and I’ve noticed you haven’t been doing a lot of runway work as opposed to print modeling, which you’ve done a lot of. Do you have any fashion shows lined up in the near future?
CE: I’ve actually done a lot of runway work, but the thing is that the runway work never gets as much press as the print work does, so I’ve done a lot more shows than what people have seen on the Internet. It’s difficult now too, because a lot of girls have to be skinnyskinny now, and I think I have a good walk and a good spring/summer look, but you know, I’m a size 0. 0 or a 2. I went in to see a fashion designer for the winter designs and I knew I wouldn’t be thin enough for this job, and I’m 125 pounds at 5’10”. I’m a grown woman, I’m not prepubescent anymore, so if that means I’m not thin enough and that means I’ll lose a job, then you know, I’ll take that risk. I’m healthy.
MH: What is more fun to you, photoshoots or runway?
CE: I love photoshoots. Runway is great because you do quick hair, makeup, wardrobe, and you get a huge rush from that, but with photoshoots there’s a sense of accomplishment, I can see what I’ve done and get totally “in my zone.”
MH: We know you as wacky and fun-loving on Top Model. Since you’ve come to New York, what’s the wackiest thing you’ve done?
CE: It’s a hard question! I can’t think of any…every moment is wacky in New York! I think one good moment was when my brother and I went out to Times Square at maybe 2:30 in the morning. We went to this 24-hour Starbucks and drank all this coffee, and then we had an artist sketch our picture, and then we went on a buggy ride and we didn’t end up getting back home until 5 in the morning. It was a lot of fun.
MH: How do you reconcile the demands of a potentially busy modeling day with the need to let loose and be free-spirited?
CE: I’d just jump off the Empire State Building with a parachute. [laughs] No, I like to go out with friends, go dancing, hit the clubs, but if I have a photoshoot the next day, I just want to stay in with my boyfriend.
Looking back and what’s coming next
MH: It’s been over a year now since you won Top Model. Was 2007 all you hoped it would be?
CE: Yeah, and more! It was great. It was the best year so far.
MH: What one achievement was your favorite?
CE: Honestly, being the spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation. Not just in the United States, either; I’ve been to Canada, all over Europe, I loved Switzerland, and then down to Argentina. I’m a global spokesperson for psoriasis, and that’s fun to do.
MH: Anything coming up work-wise you want to share with us?
CE: Yep! I’m starting my own show with MTV, where I’ll be the executive producer and host.
MH: What’s it going to be about?
CE: I can’t say anything yet! But it’ll be very funny.
MH: And finally, do you have any special words for all the Top Model fans out there?
CE: Oh, Gosh, I have millions of words! [thinks about what to say] I feel like I’m accepting an award! I want to thank all of you for supporting me and I lean on you guys more than you realize.
September 27, 2010
On March 12, 2008, MarketWire.com posted a press release regarding Cycle 7‘s winner CariDee English and her involvement with the Psoriasis Education Program (PEP). Here is the text from the press release (Posted by Incipit Integrated Communications / Karen Cutaia):
From Top Model to Role Model-LOUD & CLEAR With CariDee Canadian Tour
CariDee English reaches out to the nearly 1 million Canadian psoriasis sufferers
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 12, 2008) – Psoriasis is a serious skin disease that affects 1 in 30 Canadians. America’s Next Top Model Cycle 7 winner CariDee English suffers from the illness. At its worst, the red, inflamed scaly patches of skin (plaques) associated with psoriasis covered nearly 70% of her body, including her face. CariDee’s dream of becoming a model was almost shattered. But she persevered and with the help of a dermatologist, found a treatment that worked for her. CariDee is now sharing her inspiring story from coast to coast on the LOUD & CLEAR with CariDee Canadian Tour.
“When I was younger, I felt cursed with psoriasis. It was very hard growing up as a teenager, and later when I started my modeling career. But I’ve managed to take control of the disease and fulfill my dreams thanks to a new biologic treatment. Who would have thought the girl who grew up dreading looking in the mirror would one day make a living from her appearance?”
With determination and persistence, English worked to find the right therapy. “I was frustrated and depressed, and knew I had to find a treatment that worked.” CariDee advises Canadian psoriasis sufferers to talk to their dermatologist about new treatment options: take control of the disease and don’t let it control you. “You can take control of your life, overcome psoriasis and live out your dreams.”
The LOUD & CLEAR with CariDee Canadian Tour is presented by the Psoriasis Education Program (PEP), a national public awareness program that provides accurate, comprehensive and non-commercial information on psoriasis to patients, families, health care professionals and the general public. For more information, visit psoriasisinfo.ca/forum.
LOUD & CLEAR with CariDee Canadian Tour
Halifax: Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary
Montreal: Friday, April 4th at 7pm Palmer Lecture Hall, McIntyre Medical Bldg, McGill University
Toronto: Saturday, April 5th at 2pm LifeFest at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Main Stage
Edmonton: Monday, April 7th at 7pm Lister Centre, Wild Rose Room, 2nd Floor, University of Alberta
Surrey: Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm Westminster Credit Union Lecture Theatre, Mezzanine Simon Fraser University
September 27, 2010
MODEL ON MOVE
CARIDEE English has a new lover. The “America’s Next Top Model” winner dumped her hometown boyfriend and has taken up with fellow model Tyson Beckford. English told us at the Entertainment Weekly Upfront Party at the Bowery Hotel on Tuesday that her ex-boyfriend – whom she brought here from Fargo, ND – owes her $10,000. “He went into my bank account, took all that money and went to Las Vegas and spent it,” she said. “We’re over.”