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America's Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson is back in the spotlight, modeling sexy lingerie in the UK for Panache Lingerie's new Sculptresse line.

This is making news because it's a plus-size, flattering collection offered in cup sizes ranging from D to J and band sizes ranging from 36 to 46. Take a look:

Whitney Thompson Lingerie Photo

Thompson, the first plus-size America's Next Top Model winner, is a natural fit to represent a full-figured, fashion forward customer, the brand says.

"I feel feminine and sexy when I wear the pieces, which is important for me and other curvy women. It's about time we had a collection like this for the real woman."

It's clear she's comfortable in Sculptresse, too. See more pics below:

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One-time America's Next Top Model star Renee Alway was arrested following a SIX-HOUR STANDOFF with police, according to reports. Why?

Alway

Alway, who finished third on ANTM Cycle 8, was arrested on June 28 in Palm Springs, Calif., and slapped with a ton of charges ... to say the least.

She was busted for suspicion of burglary, fraud, possession of narcotics, forged bills, and committing a felony while on bail (!) to name just a few.

Police were called about a suspicious female lurking around a house that was supposed to be vacant; there, they found Alway in the garage with a gun.

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And... we have a winner!

With Kiara Belen, Laura James and the returning Leila Goldkuhl the trio of contestants remaining last night on the America's Next Top Model finale, the ladies were tasked with photo shoots for sponsors Nine West and Nylon.

They then strutted down a haunted house-themed runway.

Laura James Picture

Who was able - in Tyra's actual words - to "reclaim her immortal smize?"

LAURA JAMES!

"I've been dreaming of this for such a long time," James said upon earning the title and winning $130,000; a spread in Nylon; and a contract with two model agencies.

As the champion of the first-ever college cycle, Laura also be the face of the fragrance, Dream Come True.

Is she a deserving winner?

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America's Next Top Model will reach a milestone next summer.

The reality series has been renewed for a 20th cycle and will return to The CW in mid-2013, but with a pretty major twist:

Men will actually compete against women this time around! Prepare those looks of Blue Steel, fellas.

Scary Tyra Banks

America's Next Top Model has been banished to Friday nights by the network and is in the middle of its 19th season. This edition features college students vying for a cash prize and a modeling contract.

It also features Tyra Banks, as self-serving an as irritating as ever.

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Jael Strauss finished fifth on Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model, remaining in the competition despite a close friend dying of a drug overdose during filming.

Now, five years later, the former beauty has fallen prey to the world of illicit substances herself.

Strauss was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil yesterday, as the talk show attempted to stage an intervention for the troubled addict. Watch a dramatic promo for the appearance below and then check out what former ANTM champion Caridee English has to say about Strauss and Tyra Banks...

Speaking to Gawker, English puts some of the blame for Strauss' fall on Banks and other show producers.

"They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show," Caridee says. "All they saw was a personality good for television."

And after leaving the show? After helping to drive ratings to it and, of course, line Tyra's pockets with cash? English says contestants receive no guidance of any kind from Banks.

"Tyra won't do anything [for Jael]. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no "Tyra Mail." I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture."

Look for the craziness to be ratcheted up even more next week on Dr. Phil when Dina Lohan stops by for an interview.

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U.K. contestant Sophie Sumner and American contender Laura LaFrate battled it out for the title on America's Next Top Model: British Invasion last night.

When all was said and done, Sophie took home the crown.

On the season finale of the long-running CW hit, Sophie recorded the dialogue for her CoverGirl commercial, while Laura shot the ad for the makeup line.

Sophie Sumner Picture

Right when she finished, Laura started having a full-on panic attack. She was rushed to the hospital, but was fine and got back in the game soon afterward.

The girls then did a shoot for Vogue Italia, and Laura killed it, reminding Sophie that this was very much a competition. But she couldn't surpass her.

After Sophie and Laura both hit the catwalk for Forever 21, with less than 90 seconds (!) for wardrobe change, the winner was finally announced.

Congratulations, Sophie Sumner, on your victory.

What do you think? Did she deserve to win?

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J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker are out of America's Next Top Model. And now two new fashion industry heavyweights are in. We'll let host Tyra Banks deliver the news:

"Welcome the fab Johnny Wujek & fine Rob Evans to the CW's ANTM!" she Tweeted yesterday. "Excited for some cuh-ray-zee challenges. Start practicin' ur booty tooch!"

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The CW, meanwhile, has confirmed that that Wujek - best known as Katy Perry's stylist -  will come on board a creative consultant on the long-running series; while model Evans will will sit with Kelly Cutrone on the judging panel.

The network also announced yesterday that ANTM will move to Friday nights in the fall, while viewers will have a major say for the first time.

"Twice a week, starting Thursday, May 24th, you'll be able to use our Voting App to rank and sound off on all 13 models' best photos," Banks wrote. "Your input will shape the competition and you'll be able to see it play out in the Fall. It's time for your voice to be heard; today on social media and soon on the show itself!"

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America's Next Top Model will look very different next season, as long-time contributors Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander were let go from The CW series this week.

What was the basis for their ousting?

"We reached a point where were feel the show needs a new boost," head honcho Tyra Banks told Access Hollywood at New York City's Matrix Awards. "It's very difficult because I love my guy."

Tyra Banks at Time Gala

Banks added that she's not against working with any of the trio down the line ("My partner Ken Mok and I have projects we're developing, and we're a family - it doesn't end," she said), though it's unclear if they feel the same way.

Barker has said he wasn't shocked by the decision to not renew his contract, but he also sounded a tad bitter this week when he wished good luck to his eventual replacement.

America's Next Top Model averages around one million viewers and will return for Cycle 19 this fall.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Nigel Barker, a photographer who has been with America's Next Top Model since its beginning in 2003, was let go from the reality competition this week.

How is he taking the news? Not too well.

Nigel Barker Picture

"Good luck to whoever [replaces me]," Barker told TMZ. "I would imagine it's a tricky thing to replace someone who's going on their 19th season."

Neither J. Alexander nor Jay Manuel will return to America's Next Top Model this fall, either, as insiders tell major changes are in store. Ratings have not been strong for two cycles in a row now.

""Who knows if this is going to work?" Barker asked. "I don't necessarily think it's a good idea ... Maybe it will work. Maybe it won't. I wish them luck."

Somehow, we doubt he totally means that.

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Hmmm.... upon second thought, perhaps we should change the headline of this post to: America's Next Top Model Shake-Up: Who is NOT Out?

Indeed, Tyra Banks has cleaned house at her long-running reality show, firing three veteran personalities, all of whom have been with the series since its first cycle in 2003:

  1. J. Alexander, who served as a runway trainer/mentor to the models.
  2. Jay Manuel, the show's creative director.
  3. Nigel Barker, a photographer/panelist.
America's Next Top Model Poster

America's Next Top Model is currently in its 18th season, a cycle dubbed "British Invasion" because it features a handful of international hopefuls.

An ANTM insider tells The New York Post that "major changes" are planned for the following season, hence this wholesale changes.

“Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the America’s Next Top Model brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today," Executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement. "They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the Top Model family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects.”