‘America’s Next Top Model’: The Truth Behind Angelea Preston’s Mysterious Disqualification


All through the 24 seasons of America’s Next Top Model, viewers have seen quite a few their favorite contestants get eliminated.

Whereas followers didn’t all the time agree with who the judges’ voted off, they normally understood the explanations behind every contestants’ first-class ticket again to their house states.

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Angelea Preston | Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan by way of Getty Photographs

Nonetheless, Cycle 17 contestant Angelea Preston’s time on the present out of the blue ended with out a lot as an evidence, and for years, nobody knew what had occurred to her.

One minute she was near successful all of it, and the subsequent, she was gone. So, what actually occurred to Preston, and why did she out of the blue disappear to this point into the competitors.

Preston was a high contender in Cycle 17

In the event you’re like us and spent a lot of the early 2000s – mid-2010s watching America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin, Preston’s title may sound acquainted.

The biracial magnificence first appeared on Cycle 14 of the collection. Although she was checked out because the underdog and known as “ghetto,” Preston proved everybody who’d ever doubted mistaken by taking a number of the most lovely pictures we’d seen on the present.

Although she fought exhausting to win her season, the New York native, sadly, didn’t come out on high and was eradicated throughout the 10th episode of the season.

Whereas many had been unhappy to see her go, Preston’s time on ANTM wasn’t over simply but as a result of three seasons later, she acquired a second probability to compete on the present as an All-Star in Cycle 17.

Regardless of having a reasonably rocky begin that season, Preston introduced her all to the challenges every week, and by the season finale, she was topped the winner.

However as a substitute of displaying Preston’s victory on air, the present’s finale was reshot attributable to her being disqualified a month after successful.

Ultimately, Lisa D’Amato gained the Prime Mannequin All-Star title, however Angelea’s disqualification held followers’ curiosity within the months following the finale.

Why was Preston disqualified from the competitors?

In 2015, the fact star revealed to Daily Mail that the present had given her the boot as a result of they’d discovered she had beforehand labored as an escort.

Whereas Preston famous that she’d advised producers about her yearlong job as an escort earlier than occurring the modeling competitors collection, the subject was introduced up once more by present staffers after the unique finale was taped.

Although she argued that she was a authorized escort and never a prostitute, producers had been nonetheless involved and in the end determined to disqualify her.

This, in flip, pushed Preston to sue Tyra Banks and ANTM for $3 million, arguing that her previous was not in breach of contract and that she was nonetheless entitled to the prizes she gained earlier than her crown was snatched.

Whereas it stays unclear if Preston ever acquired her day in courtroom with Banks and the present’s producers, she revealed to Every day Mail that she’s awaiting justice — particularly for the reason that state of affairs brought on her a lot emotional turmoil.

“I’ve days after I nonetheless cry about it as a result of I lay in my mattress and I ponder what my life would have been like if that they had simply let or not it’s?” she advised the outlet. ‘They preach to women you may come from wherever and you’ll achieve success however that’s not true. Have a look at what occurred to me. Women like me don’t have an opportunity. I rectified my state of affairs however I’m nonetheless paying for it.”