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Angelea Preston claims ANTM knew about sex work but pretended it was a shock and disqualified her

Disgraced America’s Next Top Model winner Angelea Preston has alleged that producers knew she labored as an escort once they allowed her to enter the 2011 All Stars season, then disqualified her and pretended it was a shock when one other contestant reported her for it. 

Preston received the 2011 season and was resulting from signal a $100,000 contract with Covergirl cosmetics but she was stripped of her title and scrubbed from the finale episode after one other unnamed contestant reported to Tyra Banks and the present that she had labored beforehand as an escort. 

The episode that did air noticed Banks tackle the controversy cryptically. 

We’re again in Los Angeles on the Top Model set and we’re right here for a particular finale that is being performed beneath uncommon circumstances,’ she stated. 

‘It seems that after capturing was wrapped, our manufacturing group and the community realized info from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competitors,’ co-judge Nigel Barker added somberly. 

Runner-up Lisa D’Amato was topped the winner as a substitute. In 2014, Preston sued the present for breach of contract. She later advised DailyMail.com solely how she and different contestants have been starved and disadvantaged of water for hours whereas filming. 

Now, Preston and one other former ANTM contestant Krista White are claiming that the present’s producers have been totally conscious of her sex work once they invited her to compete within the season, then pretended to be shocked by it after filming wrapped. 

They stripped her of the title and a $100,000 CoverGirl contract which she stated she was counting on. 

‘It was already traumatic going by means of the sex-work stuff, and now so as to add insult to damage, they have been punishing me for the remainder of my life. I was gutted. Back you then didn’t speak about [sex work] as a result of it was shameful, and I felt ashamed. And [Top Model] made me really feel much more ashamed than I already was,’ she advised Bustle.  

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Angelea Preston won the 2011 All Stars season of America's Next Top Model but was stripped of the title because she had worked as an escort. Producers claimed it was news to them that emerged after filming wrapped but Preston now says they knew all along

Angelea Preston won the 2011 All Stars season of America's Next Top Model but was stripped of the title because she had worked as an escort. Producers claimed it was news to them that emerged after filming wrapped but Preston now says they knew all along

Angelea Preston received the 2011 All Stars season of America’s Next Top Model but was stripped of the title as a result of she had labored as an escort. Producers claimed it was information to them that emerged after filming wrapped but Preston (proper in 2015) now says they knew all alongside 

The finale episode that aired showed Banks and other judges talking about the 'unusual circumstances' that led to Angelea being disqualified

The finale episode that aired confirmed Banks and different judges speaking about the ‘uncommon circumstances’ that led to Angelea being disqualified 

Preston alleges that casting producer Michelle Mock even quizzed her about it, asking: ‘Were you being pimped?’ earlier than asking her to signal on in 2011. 

‘It was going to be our little secret,’ she stated in her interview with Bustle. 

Mock didn’t instantly reply to DailyMail.com’s inquiries on Monday. 

Preston has advised prior to now how she was portrayed because the ‘broke one’ on the present. She had a younger son and had additionally mourned the lack of a daughter. 

She first took half within the present in 2012 but by no means made it previous the audition stage to get into the ultimate home of contestants. In Season 14, she made it into the home and claims producers advised her to ‘amp up the drama’. 

‘Basically, they stated I’d go house if I wasn’t giving them good TV. I began to comprehend what this sport was about. 

‘It’s about staying on the present so long as you presumably can by enjoying the sport,’ she claimed in her Bustle interview. 

She lost out on profitable that season, then fell into sex work, she claims, as a result of nobody would guide her for modeling jobs. 

She says the present carried a stigma on the time which meant the fashions weren’t taken critically by real-world brokers. 

‘It began to really feel like a joke to me. I’d convey my portfolio to an company, which had all my Top Model pictures in them. That’s all I had. I keep in mind going to an agent in New York, and he requested, “This is a Top Model portfolio, isn’t it?”

Runners-up Allison Harvard (left), Lisa D'Amato (center) and Angelea in Crete for the finale episode

Runners-up Allison Harvard (left), Lisa D’Amato (heart) and Angelea in Crete for the finale episode 

 Winner: Lisa D'Amato captured the crown after it was taken away from Angelea for her stint as an escort

 Winner: Lisa D’Amato captured the crown after it was taken away from Angelea for her stint as an escort

Angelea with D'Amato, who was later named the winner. It remains unclear who alerted producers to Angelea's past. D'Amato has spoken out in the past against the show and its treatment of contestants

Angelea with D’Amato, who was later named the winner. It stays unclear who alerted producers to Angelea’s previous. D’Amato has spoken out prior to now in opposition to the present and its remedy of contestants 

Stand-in: One month after being crowned America's Next Top Model in the show's All Stars season, producers took back her title and reshot the final scenes, handing the title to runner up Lisa D'Amato

Stand-in: One month after being topped America’s Next Top Model within the present’s All Stars season, producers took again her title and reshot the ultimate scenes, handing the title to runner up Lisa D’Amato

‘After I stated sure, he scoffed and closed my guide. He stated, “If we like you, we’ll call you.””

It was 2010 and she was living in Jamaica, Queens, struggling for money when a man she named only as ‘T’ approached her and asked her to work for him. 

Casting director Michelle Mock. Preston alleges that she knew about her sex worker past during filming

Casting director Michelle Mock. Preston alleges that she knew about her sex worker past during filming 

She claims she naively thought she would only have to go on sexless dates in exchange for money, then was coerced into prostitution. 

She claims she ended up traveling with him to North Carolina then Florida and finally Las Vegas. 

That is where White – who won the 14th season of ANTM – tried to intervene and rescue her. 

She claims she contacted Banks, Banks’ assistant and others who had connections to the show. 

‘I reached out to everyone I knew that could help me get her out of there,’ White told Bustle. 

She says no one got back to her. 

‘I understood how she came into that work, and what she needed to do to make money. There was no way for her to find [modeling] work or take care of herself or anything. No one was hiring or booking her. 

‘And for Tyra to be like, “I’m for girls, I’m for women, I wish to have your again.” When it came time for her to show up and really help someone, what happened?’ she says. 

Season 14 winner Krista White (left) says she alerted Tyra Banks to Preston's sex work when Preston was being held against her will by a pimp but that no one got back to her. They are shown together in Season 14

Season 14 winner Krista White (left) says she alerted Tyra Banks to Preston’s sex work when Preston was being held against her will by a pimp but that no one got back to her. They are shown together in Season 14 

Later that year, after Preston had escaped the pimp, she says she was recruited again for the All Stars Season 17.

That’s when Mock, who still works for CBS as a casting agent, allegedly quizzed her. 

Preston claims network attorney Andrew Wong told her: 'You know, Angelea, you have no one to blame but yourself. You did this to yourself.'

Preston claims network attorney Andrew Wong told her: ‘You know, Angelea, you have no one to blame but yourself. You did this to yourself.’

‘Up until this point, I didn’t know if Krista’s call had even reached anyone. So when Michelle mentioned it, I realized someone higher up did know what was going on with me, and did nothing.’ 

She says she denied it at first because she did not want to risk her place on the show, but that at a second meeting, Mock told her she knew ‘what had happened to her.’ 

‘To my understanding, she knew what happened, but she wasn’t going to say anything to anyone else. It was going to be our little secret.’ 

She took part in the show and won the series after a dramatic finale in Crete, Greece. 

Weeks later, she said she was contacted by Mock and executive producer Laura Silva who said they had ‘heard rumors about her past from a former contestant. 

‘They asked me to be honest with them so they could protect me because I was the winner. So I was.’ 

She then was invited to a meeting with Mock, Silva, series psychologist Suzanne Zachary, and attorney Andy Wong, where she was told Banks had decided she was losing her title. 

Poor taste: Banks has faced backlash over the years from past contestants and fans alike, most recently last May, when a clip resurfaced of her telling cycle six winner Dani Evans she would never be a covergirl with the gap in her two front teeth

Poor taste: Banks has faced backlash over the years from past contestants and fans alike, most recently last May, when a clip resurfaced of her telling cycle six winner Dani Evans she would never be a covergirl with the gap in her two front teeth

Preston claims they then asked her if she was sleeping with a male friend in exchange for him allowing her to live with him. 

Now, Angelea works in upstate New York as a reporter

Now, Angelea works in upstate New York as a reporter

She also alleges that Wong then told her: ‘You know, Angelea, you have no one to blame but yourself. You did this to yourself.’ 

The show aired but she was scrubbed from the finale episode and banished from promotional events surrounding the season. 

‘I remember everyone on Twitter was like, “What occurred to Angelea?” 

‘I thought that was so funny because the winner, Lisa, [was barely] trending. But I was trending. People want to know, “Where’s Angelea?” But no one from that show said anything.’ 

In 2014, Preston sued the show claiming she had been unfairly stripped of her title. She wanted $4million but in 2018, she dropped her lawsuit. 

‘I didn’t get any money from it. 

‘The only good thing that happened [was that] people knew I was the winner,’ she said. 

Now, she says she is writing a book about her experience on the show and as a sex worker. 

Executive Producer Ken Mok told Bustle in a statement that he had ‘nothing to add’ to what she had said. 

Banks has since admitted that she and producers 'messed up' on a number of things when it came to Top Model

Banks has since admitted that she and producers ‘messed up’ on a number of things when it came to Top Model 

Banks has not commented on Preston’s new allegations. 

She has spoken recently about how she and the team ‘messed up’ with ‘a bunch of things’ on the show. 

‘We were still operating in a world — I was still a model at the time, not a retired model yet, and still operating in this world that had so many rules. It was this awful push and pull that we all had. 

‘I was trying to push boundaries but was also torn to try to make sure that these girls could work, so it was a balance. 

‘It was like, ‘Oh, break beauty barriers,’ but yeah, I can break them all I want on the show, but they’ll graduate from the show, and they won’t work,’ she told Tamron Hall in 2020. 

D’Amato, who was crowned the winner after Angelea, has alleged in the past that producers unfairly characterized her as an alcoholic during her first season and ‘exploited’ her ‘childhood trauma.’ 

‘I don’t know how you sleep at night. You, Tyra, you knew very well the horrible trauma that my mom inflicted on me.

‘And you additionally speak a lot about the way you would not be the place you’re with out your mom and how highly effective she is [in your life]. So realizing that, you continue to did that to me and continued to do it to different ladies, even after I spoke publicly about it,’ she stated in an Instagram video in 2021.   

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