In Cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model, full-figured model Whitney Thompson was awarded the grand prize. While it might be hard to believe that a “bigger” woman could win, now it looks like we’ll get to see how well a transgendered person does on ANTM. Cycle 11 will include one contestant who, as reported by US Weekly Magazine, identifies herself as “a woman, born physically male”.

Us Weekly doesn’t go into a lot of detail on the situation other than to say that the 22-year-old contestant, Isis is transgendered. When asked if she’ll be a role model, she responded, “I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams.” Seems honest enough.

I haven’t watch Top Model in quite a while but I’m definitely curious to see how things work out for Isis. On one hand, I think it’s really cool that the show is including a transgendered person, though it will surely stir up some controversy among people less open-minded about this sort of thing. On the other hand, I wonder how Isis’ transgendered-ness might affect how she’s judged in the competition. It could work to her advantage at least towards the beginning of the Cycle as the judges (and producers) are likely to want to keep her around for at least a few weeks because she’s going to be the most identifiable contestant right off the bat.

America’s Next Top Model’s Cycle 11 will premiere on September 3rd at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

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