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Get To Know Krislian Rodriguez, The Los Angeles Native Who Was Just Eliminated From ‘America’s Next Top Model’

After 13 years and 23 seasons of “America’s Next Top Model,” a Mexican-American finally appeared on the long-running reality show.

There have been a handful of Latinas who represented our beautiful cultures on “America’s Next Top Model.”

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Yoanna House, who is Mexican-Canadian, won cycle two; Jaslene Gonzalez, who is Puerto Rican, won cycle eight; and Felicia “Fo” Porter, who is half-Mexican and half-Black, was fifth runner-up in cycle 12.

But 26-year-old Krislian Rodriguez, is the first Mexican-American model to ever be on this show.

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Standing at 5’6″, this beautiful talent also represented for petite models, who are hardly ever seen on the show. While it might’ve been daunting to be the first Chicana featured on “ANTM”, Rodriguez is proud of this huge accomplishment.

She said she’s very honored to represent the Mexican-American community.


In this Instagram post, Rodriguez said she takes great pride in her Latino heritage and that she’s excited to “share her struggles and success as a Latina model.”

But she didn’t have the typical model upbringing. Rodriguez was faced with dozens of obstacles during her childhood.

Rodriguez on the left with her siblings.

“Growing up, I was raised by my single mother who migrated to the states when she was only 18 years old,” Rodriguez writes on Instagram. “From the time I started Kindergarten to graduating high school I had gone to 15 different schools in two different states.”

So Rodriguez turned to dance as her escape.


She says that was a way to make friends in all the diverse neighborhoods that she lived in.

Dance was such a big part of her life that it turned into her career, leading to features in music videos like Calvin Harris’s 2014 hit song “Summer.”


As well as the 2015 single “Five More Hours” with Chris Brown and Deorro.


But it was always her dream to be on “ANTM”.


On the first episode, Rodriguez revealed that she’s been watching the show since she was a teenager. And you can definitely tell — she’s got that fierce look.

She proudly walked into the season as the only Latina with her own business. Rodriguez always credits her mother’s strength for giving her the initiative to start her own swimwear line. 


“I learned strength, perseverance, and determination from my mother,” Rodriguez writes on Instagram. “My mother barely spoke English when she moved to the states from Mexico. All on her own she raised me and my two brothers, and started her own business. All while being an immigrant and single mother. She taught me to never become victim of your circumstances and always always create opportunities for yourself and be your own boss. Now here I am on ‘America’s Next Top,’ the only Latina and with my own business.”

And she says the show helped her put her attitude in check.


On episode two, the judges criticized her for making excuses when they disapproved of her photographs. “Looks like I’m causing controversy already,” Rodriguez said on Instagram. “But just wanted to thank those of you for your kind words and support! I’ll admit I’m not perfect. But that’s part of this journey and this competition. To learn, to grow, and to evolve.”

There was at least one judge who said Rodriguez was just a “pretty face, but not a model.”

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We can’t say we agree.

But as she progressed in the season, judges finally started to see a different side of Rodriguez.


While Rodriguez is constantly criticized for being too sexy on the show (we didn’t know that was a bad thing), she went from being at the bottom two to getting the best image of all contestants.

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…Until she was eliminated this week. ?

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But don’t feel bad for her. She’s walking away with her head high and a check next to her bucket list.


That’s right!

 Check out her exit interview here:


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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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