Isis King Dishes on Her Post-Op Confidence This Season
Remember the time Tyra Banks offered to pay for a transgendered modeltestant's sexual reassignment surgery and America's Next Top Modelwas actually kind of progressive and cool, before it went back to being guilty pleasure reality TV? Well that Top Model hopeful was Isis King, and she is, of course, back for Cycle 17: All-Stars.
Isis got the boot the first time around back in Cycle 11, when Tyra lamented that her confidence had begun to fizzle in the face of criticism. But Isis says that was all a result of editing — and she's back to prove to fans that, post-surgery, there's nothing holding her back.
"The reason I came back was because on the show, you see me sheltered and so nervous about what it seemed to be because I was amidst my transition. Since [Cycle 11], I went all the way," Isis dished, "So now I wanted to come back and show the fans, 'Look at me now,' like the Chris Brown song."
Whether or not Tyra makes a big deal of Isis' transgender status, the Top Model wannabe insists that her life isn't about her reassignment surgery. "I'm all about helping other people, but I don't live my life dwelling on the fact of how I was born," she says. "If they want to take different parts to make it more educational for the world to see, that's how it will be viewed. But for me, that's not what my life is about. My life is about my talents, my art and having fun.”
Do you think Isis King is ready for the branding empire America's Next Top Model: All-Stars expects of its winning model?
Tune in to The CW this Wednesday, September 13 for the season premiere to find out!