Isis King will definitely be tuning in to watch herself and her 13 competitors on America’s Next Top Model‘s 17th cycle.
“Until I watch it I’ll never know what people say behind closed doors!” says King, 25, who is returning to compete against other previous contestants. “I’m sure there will be some Twitter drama when the show airs – it will be very juicy!”
The multi-talented King, who calls herself a “Renaissance woman,” says viewers can expect to see more of her own clothing designs on the show.
“My clothes are edgy, bold,” says the Art Institute of Philadelphia grad. “Growing up, my favorite designer was Donatella Versace.”
As the show’s only transgender model, King says her first stint during season 11 took place less than a year after she began hormonal treatment.
“I competed as a woman the first time,” she says, “but [post surgery] I’m ready to show the world more confidence this time around.”
Now pursuing acting, poetry, and fashion design, King sees a future for herself filled with “maybe a few books, a family, a clothing line, a talk show, something to help empower people.” And she certainly doesn’t have to search far for a business-savvy role model.
“Tyra [Banks] is a mogul, and I definitely look to her for inspiration,” says King. “The sky’s the limit!”