SHORT CUTS: Tyson Takes on "Supermodel"

Published October 24, 2007

Posted Oct. 24, 2007 -- Surely you're not tired of TV shows about models yet. Well, prepare for even more catwalking. Model Tyson Beckford has signed on to co-host Bravo's "Make Me a Supermodel," a reality competition that will feature both men and women vying to launch their own modeling careers and pocket a $100,000 prize in the process. Fellow model Niki Taylor will join him.

Based on a British series by the same name, "Supermodel" will feature 14 wannabe's living together in a New York City loft over a 12-week period, reports E! Online. Through the course of the show, the contestants will face various challenges designed to test their potential as professional models.

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The series, due to premiere early next year, closely models Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model," but instead of a judging panel deciding who leaves each week, the fate of "Supermodel's" contestants are left up to the voting public.

Beckford blew up in the modeling industry when he appeared in the 1994 Polo Sport advertising campaign. He then landed a multiyear contract with Ralph Lauren and worked as a spokesmodel for Polo Fragrances and Polo Sport.

Whoopi Launches Read-a-thon

Whoopi Goldberg and Scholastic Book Clubs have announced the launch of the Whoopi! We're Reading! Sweepstakes as part of the Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare program. The actress and co-host of "The View" is inviting classrooms from across the country to read 100 books for a chance to win ten 100-book collections for them to donate to the local charity or charities of their choice. The sweepstakes is open to teachers in all classrooms participating in Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare program. For more information and complete rules, please visit http://www.scholastic.com/classroomscare.

Written by BET-Staff

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