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- Tyra Banks introduces the fashion blogger to TV
- The CW network show has a new cast. Rob Evans, a model and Johnny Wujek, Katy Perry’s stylist.
Tyra Banks new kid on the block, Bryan Grey Yambao, is more commonly known as Bryanboy, will join the cast of America’s Next Top Model. The 31-year-old fashion blogger, who launched his site in 2004, wrote on his Facebook this morning about his new America’s Next Top Model gig: ‘Excited with my new role on cycle 19 of America’s Next Top Model’. Although the CW network is yet to confirm how the fashion blogger, who lived in the Philippines, will be involved, he has already relocated to Los Angeles in order to film the CW network reality series created by model Tyra Banks. He posted a photograph of his new Los Angeles apartment on Twitter yesterday. The new signing follows news that Tyra Banks, 38, dumped the show’s previous judges, fashion photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander and make-up artist Jay Manuel, last month. Tyra Banks told Access Hollywood: ‘We reached a point, where we feel the CW network show needs a new boost.’ While many TV stars, such as Brooke Bourke and Katherine Heigl, have turned to blogging after building successful careers, it is the first time a fashion blogger will become a TV star. His appointment had been hinted at for months. Mr Grey Yambao, who was raised in Manila, declined an interview with The Observer in February because he was not able to participate in any ‘profiles pending a project with another media outlet’ that ‘would be developed/released by this summer’. The new CW network season of America’s Next Top Model is about to commence filming in Los Angeles shortly. Sources close to the fashion blogger told WWD yesterday that the fashion blogger had signed a contract with the CW network show and was ‘en route to Los Angeles with a one-way air ticket’. He will join new cast members Rob Evans, a U.S. model and Johnny Wujek, a stylist for Katy Perry. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone will also return as a judge for a second season. Mr Grey Yambao wrote on Twitter on May 22: ‘A new chapter is about to begin soon.’ NOTE: Somehow I don’t think BryanBoy will be able to fill Miss J’s shoes adrquately but we’ll see !! Oh those reality series, what are we going to do with them?