'Top Model' winner Lisa D'Amato talks cycle 18, 'ANTM' fragrance
America’s Next Top Model All-Star winner Lisa D’Amato has a Vogue Italia spread coming out, she just rocked a gig in Aruba, and she’s also repping Top Model‘s signature fragrance Dream Come True. Amid all this, she found time to watch ANTM‘s British Invasion-themed 18th cycle premiere and share her reactions with EW. What advice does she have for this year’s crop of models, and which girl reminds her a bit of herself? Read on…
In addition to loving this cycle’s androgynous Azmarie and Scottish sweetheart Ashley, D’Amato said she has a soft spot for South Londoner Alisha. “She was like, ‘I don’t care if some girls like me and some girls don’t. People might love me or hate me. Regardless, they’re going to remember me!’ I’m, like, ‘That sounds exactly like me from six years ago!'”
Said D’Amato, “I’m all for the ones that are like, ‘This is who I am. I’m not about to change.’ At the end of the day, you have to follow your heart because regardless people are going to tear you apart. The ones that try to conform are just going to get lost. You need to really be genuine.”
And there’s a new judge in town who will be more than happy to take the models down a peg. “I think Kelly Cutrone is going to be a really great, interesting [person in the] mix,” said D’Amato. Like her acid-tongued predecessor Janice Dickinson, former Hills meanie Cutrone “is kind of bringing that element by being opinionated, and I think that’s great.”
If D’Amato herself were asked to return to Top Model to be part of a challenge or help judge the girls, what would be her dream challenge? “I’m kind of fearless,” she says. “I’d be best at talking the girls into doing something that is out of their comfort zone. Something thrilling — maybe jumping out of a plane or bungee jumping from a hot air balloon!”
Until that perilous day arrives, D’Amato is working on a follow-up album to 2009’s La Puchinetta, promoting Dream Come True, and performing gigs around the world. D’Amato admitted, “The name Dream Come True is a 100 percent depiction of how I feel for sure.” Though, she added, “It symbolizes all the girls that have ever been on Top Model.”
As we exclusively previewed last week, tonight’s Top Model features Kris, Kendall, and Kylie Jenner in a Toddlers & Tiaras-style photo shoot. Though last week’s premiere didn’t fare so well in the ratings, perhaps a bit of that Kardashian magic will prove bankable for Tyra once again. We know at least one person who’ll be watching.