Meet the contestants from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 15

Tyra Banks and the 14 contestants from Cycle 15 of America's Next Top Model

The wait is over! Or at least part of the wait is over.

The CW has revealed the 14 models that will be competing to impress Tyra Banks in the 15th cycle of America’s Next Top Model, set to premiere Wednesday, September 8 at 8/7 c.

The upcoming season has already had its first controversy as one of the first two promo videos issued a couple seeks ago featured Ann, a 6-foot 2-inch blond that reportedly weighs less than 100 pounds and has a waist so thin Miss is able to wrap his hands around it! (CLICK HERE to see the video!) Tyra has since apologized for the ad, which appeared to be promoting extreme skinniness, something Tyra has expressed opposition to in the past.

But Ann is just one of 14 attractive hopefuls and here are the rest!

(Click a thumbnail image to go to the model’s page that includes photos, interview video and bio info.)

America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Anamaria America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Ann Ward
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Chelsey Hersley America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Chris
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Esther Petrack America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Jane Randall
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Kacey Leggett America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Kayla
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Kendal America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Lexie Tomchek
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Liz Williams America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Rhianna Free
America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Sara Blackamore America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 contestant Terra

Here are the known Facebook, Twitter, Formspring and YouTube accounts for the contestants:

Anamaria Mirdita
http://www.formspring.me/AnamariaNY
http://www.youtube.com/user/anajune16

Ann Ward
http://www.facebook.com/annward09
http://twitter.com/AnnWard91

Chelsey Hersley
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501760198
http://twitter.com/ChelseyHersley

Chris

Esther Petrack
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243590260

Jane Randall
http://www.facebook.com/jane.randall
http://twitter.com/JaneRandall15

Kacey Leggett
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001401656489
http://www.myspace.com/413804400

Kayla Ferrel
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1466585525
http://www.myspace.com/177217479

Kendal Brown
http://www.facebook.com/kendalb1

Lexie Tomchek
http://www.facebook.com/lexie.tomchek
http://twitter.com/LexieANTM
http://www.formspring.me/LexieTomtom
http://www.youtube.com/user/LexieANTM

Liz Williams
http://www.facebook.com/lyzbeth.williams

Rhianna Free Atwood
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542213314

Sara Blackamore
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000883114113

Terra

Who do you think is the fiercest of the fierce and will walk away with the crown and Italian Vogue cover?

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Here is the official release from The CW:

THE BAR IS RAISED AS “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” GOES HIGH FASHION FOR THE LANDMARK 15th CYCLE PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ON THE CW

THE WORLD’S TOP DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FASHION ELITE LEND THEIR EXPERTISE AND VISION AS GUEST JUDGES

NEW PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES A SPREAD IN THE COVETED MAGAZINE VOGUE ITALIA, AND CONTRACTS WITH IMG MODELS AND COVERGIRL

August 18, 2010 (Burbank, California) – The CW’s hit series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL steps into the world of high fashion when cycle 15 kicks-off on Wednesday, September 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).

Lending their expertise as guest judges during this high fashion cycle are designer Diane Von Furstenberg, designer/stylist Patricia Field (“Sex and the City”), top beauty photographer Matthew Rolston, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, top fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, designer Zac Posen, designer/model Margherita Missoni, IMG Models executive Kyle Hagler, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and designer Roberto Cavalli.

Fourteen model hopefuls will compete for the new, ultimate career-launching prize package: a contract with IMG Models, one of the top international modeling management companies in the world; fashion spread in Vogue Italia and an additional spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue; and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

Tyra Banks leads the panel of judges, comprised of influential fashion editor André Leon Talley and photographer Nigel Barker. Jay Manuel serves as the photo shoot creative director while Miss J Alexander returns as the runway trainer.

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