Melissa Rose Bickerstaff, who now goes by the model name Melrose, is an American fashion model and fashion designer based in San Francisco, California, and signed to Storm Model Management. She first became well-known in 2006, when she placed as the runner-up in Cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model.
Melrose grew up in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, and graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 2001. While in high school, she was active in theatre and was also a member of the ski team. She also participated in West Bloomfield High School’s Fashion Program, where she was a director of the show.
Bickerstaff graduated from The Art Institute of California – San Francisco with a degree in fashion design, where she was named “Best of Show” and “Most Creative” in the 2003 annual student fashion show. Before appearing on America’s Next Top Model, she worked as a fashion designer.
On the series, Bickerstaff went by “Melrose,” claiming she removed the “issa” from her first name because she “didn’t need it.” While making it to the final two on Top Model, Melrose was depicted as not well-liked by the other contestants, which was later revealed to E! as selective editing. Although her walk was deemed better than that of competitor CariDee English, she lost.
At the end of Bickerstaff’s Top Model run, she announced that she would help design clothes for former Lost cast member Michelle Rodriguez’s fledgling clothing line, Ishkidada. The next month, E! Online and TMZ.com reported that Melrose and actor Jeremy Piven had started a romance, but was later retracted by the latter source.
In February 2007, Melrose was a featured model in Malan Breton’s ready-to-wear show at New York Fashion Week. Her working relationship with Breton continued when she appeared with him at the GLAAD Media Awards wearing one of his dresses one month later. In April 2007, she also appeared in New York’s Tartan Week with Ivanka Trump and Marcus Schenkenberg.
Previously signed to Bleu Model Management and L.A. Models, Melrose signed to Storm Model Management in late 2007, the same agency which manages models Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, and Alek Wek. She’s also been signed with Yuli Models and MC2 Models in Israel. Melrose has also done advertisements for Scoop NYC, Jack Rabbit Belts, and Beau Soleil Fall 2007 Collection, as well as walked the runways at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008 for designer Aminika Wilmot.
Melrose signed modeling contracts with Bleu Model Management, Storm and L.A. Models. Her editorial appearances include the December 2006 issue of Seventeen. She has done modeling for SuperCuts, she was featured as a special guest on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model, as well as a special correspondent for E! Television.
Melrose is currently signed with Leni’s Model Management in London.
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