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America’s Next Natural Model Season 4

With not just fabulous products to win but also $1.000 in cash sponsored by, a photo shoot in NYC and an Iman Cosmetics makeover, season 4 of America’s Next Natural Model looked very promising. Models from every where signed up and it was even harder than earlier years to make a selection.

Adian Alicea and Sula NYC, sponsors of the winning photo shoot helped choosing the ten most promising models.

The competition was extremely exiting. Almost from the beginning the level was high and every week the contestants were pushing each other by performing better pictures. It was an absolute joy to evaluate their photos and fabulous to watch them grow each week.

Chassity Bynum America's Next Natural Model 2012




While Chassity was the front runner from the start,  ReShonda Parker was always very close and when Kala G. raised her efforts, the competition became a true spectacle.  The only minor point of this year’s pageant was the unfortunate fact that the voting system didn’t work the way it should. Thanks to the judges I managed to pick a winner but to say that it wasn’t easy is an understatement.

The fact that a few of the models were unhappy with the results was a tough pill to swallow. After all the goal of the competition is to promote them.

What this has taught me is that until a stable waterproof voting system is invented, it’s better to depend on the experience of judges. In the mean time I also work with consultants to find out how to incorporate member votes as you are fundamentally important to make this competition a success.

Despite the complications of the competition, I am grateful to be able to say that Chassity Bynum was the absolute right pick for the winner of season 4. Not only did she do a great job on  NBC TV promoting natural hair and the competition, designer Adrien Alicea who dressed and shot Chassity was elated with her.

In her own words

Modeling will always be dear to my heart. I was introduced to modeling as a pre teen. My mother wanted to build my confidence and be proud of my then chipmunk teeth, red Sally Jesse Raphael glasses I wore in sixth grade and extra thin frame. She signed me up for modeling classes on self esteem, poise and etiquette as a pre teen. Now as a grown woman I am always open to modeling and promoting the positive black woman in a light the media can sometimes only show a narrow perspective of. Read more of the nterview with Chassity

Info for models

Info for models

Are you an aspiring model who is interested in America’s Next Natural Model? Then read this.

What is America’s Next Natural Model?
America’s Next Natural Model is Going‘s annual online pageant. It is very much like America’s Next Top Model but it takes place online, in a social network: Ten models are chosen to compete for the title, free products and a cash prize of $1,000.


Season 2013

Season 2013

America’s Next Natural Model 2013

Win $1,000 cash, free products, endorsements, a professional photo shoot in New York and more. Be inspired by what Chassity Bynum ANNM 2012 won and click here to register.

If you are looking for outstanding models to feature your items naturally click here to contact us.

Bloggers and Vloggers
If you want the ins and outs of the competition and exclusive photos to go with it, please click here to contact us.

Chassity Bynum Maroon ChallengeMembers, visitors and fans we need you!
If you like this idea you can easily help us by spreading the word; on facebook, via twitter or by telling a friend. Let your beautiful natural friend know about the competition so she can join. We appreciate every form of help we get.

Sponsors 2012
We like to thank each and every one of our sponsors so far to help making this year’s competition a success: Iman Cosmetics, Sula NYC , Kynx Hair Care , MM Products, Beauloni, Designer and Photographer Adrian Alicea and Norlha Beads.


America’s Next Natural Model; Black Beauty, Brains & Empowerment embracing the online world

America’s Next Natural Model; Black Beauty, Brains & Empowerment embracing the online world

Natural Hairstyle chassityAmerica’s Next Natural Model is celebrating its 5th anniversary by taking the online competition to a social community level where everybody can win. To offer contestants more prizes, sponsors more exposure and voting members and facebook fans enticing perks, America’s Next Natural Model goes Indiegogo.




America’s Next Natural Model is’s annual pageant to celebrate the beauty and versatility of African hair.

Inspired by Tyra and Dee, I started America’s Next Natural Model in in search of Miss Nappturality in 2008. The goal is to promote natural models and small businesses while inspiring Black women to appreciate their natural hair. 

Thanks to our sponsors for making 2012 a success: Iman Cosmetics, Sula NYC , Kynx Hair Care , MM Products, Beauloni, Designer and Photographer Adrian Alicea.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Chassity Bynum, America’s Next Natural Model 2012, won Going Natural products, $1000 in cash and was flown to New York for a photoshoot with Designer Adrian Alicea, resently featured by Elle Magazine.

Iman Cosmetics sponsored the makeup and Sula NYC sponsored the photo shoot.

Chassity was also featured by NBC’s to talk about ANNM 2012

If you have what it takes to become America’s Next Natural Model, please let us know.The competition runs from January through March.

We accept submissions from September on. So make a note to register or contact us to keep you posted. 

If you are a small business who is ready to rise contact us for sponsor options. Our models can only be successful if they can make your products shine. They can only win if your company wins.

Interview with Chassity | OUR SPONSORS | Behind the scenes (videos)

Winners since 2008


Tiana Tamara Townsel – Miss NP 08   |  Ebony Clark – Miss NP 2011 Teesha Borum – Miss NP 2010


Join America’s Next Natural Model

America’s Next Natural Model is an online pageant to promote natural hair and Black businesses. Since its start in 2008, the pageant has featured companies like Iman cosmetics, Jamaica Mango & Lime and Sula NYC but also fashion designer Adrian Alicea and Gruvi Juice for whom a commercial was made.

Jayme for America's Next Natural Model for GruviChassity Bynum for Iman Cosmetics

As a Sponsors you can choose to have models shooting photos, videos or both for you. 
Click to become a Sponsor

America’s Next Natural Model starts in October  and runs until November 2018. 

America’s Next Natural Model is open to talented male and female models, age 16 and older who proudly wear their hair natural. Locs, naturals, long and short are welcome to apply. You’ll receive free products to do photo and video shoots and you can win a photo shoot in the Feng Shui Garden in Suriname, the greenest country on earth!  Click for more  Info for Natural Hair Models  

Win a photo shoot in the Feng Shui Garden in Suriname!

The winner of America’s Next Natural Model gets a fabulous photo shoot in New York with photographer Mireille Liong from Photo Studio FromUsByUs. JOIN AS A JUDGE  JOIN AS A MODEL    JOIN AS A SPONSOR

We happily invite you to join and support America’s Next Natural Model in any way you can. We appreciate every like, share, link and of course spreading the word is helping as well. Yet there are even more ways you can join our online competition; As a Model, Sponsor, As a Supporter or Blogger.

As a Sponsor

As a sponsor you can choose to have your products featured in photo shoots, video shoots, testimonials or even a commercial. Click to contact us to become a Sponsor.

As a Model

As a model you can expect a fierce competition that will improve your modeling skills and get you to the next level of your profession. Of course there is always that chance that you will be the new America’s Next Natural Model. JOIN AS A MODEL.

As a Supporter

All you have to do is register so you can follow and vote for your favorite candidate. Registration is free. Click to register.

If you are interested in being a contestant in America’s Next Natural Model 2018, please JOIN AS A MODEL

If you are interested in being a judge on America’s Next Natural Model 2018, please click to create your profile and join the judges group on ANNM’s Social Network.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for America’s Next Natural Model 2018, please click to get in touch.

If you are interested in joining the trip, please rsvp at Trip to Su. 

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please send us an email

I am looking forward hearing from you.

About America’s Next Natural Model

About America’s Next Natural Model

Cornrows Natural
Cornrows Natural

As an advocate for natural hair, who takes pictures to promote natural hairstyling, I became an early fan of America’s Next Top Model. Not only was the show fun to watch, the shoots, the feedback and especially Tyra’s tips were always incredibly useful.




America’s Next Natural Model Season 1

To be really honest, at the beginning all I had was an idea. I wanted to use my website to promote models and natural hair with the goal to add another dimension to the world of modeling. I had no idea though what the response would be or how it would turn out. Looking back, I am glad I took the risk.
Out of nearly 100 applications, I selected ten contestants with the best photos and the best motivation to become America’s Next Natural Model. To get the competition started I shipped them boxes full of stuff I gathered all summer. From accessories to scarves and hair products. There were no sponsors.

Maybe it was because I didn’t know what to expect but it was great to see the pageant come alive. Reading the model’s reasoning behind the shoots and looking at their pictures was very rewarding. What was even better was seeing the models compete. 

Tiana Townsel America's Next Natural Model 2008Tiana Tamara Townsel who won the first season really fought for the title. Once she invested in a professional camera she raised the level of the competition and started to outshine every body. 

In her own words:
I appreciate the opportunity of being America’s First Natural Model; Miss Nappturality 2008. It is 2008 and we are just now celebrating our natural hair like never before and I am truly blessed to be a part of it. We need to be able to empower ourselves so that we will never ever lose ourselves in this society. We should never ever forget who we are; this is the beginning of one of our segments of empowerment. We have been forced to cover up our appearance and alter it since we came to this country and hopefully we will never lose our dignity and pride in ourselves again. Read more of the interview.

This poem sums up who I am as Ms. Nappturality …

Ms. Nappturality
One who bears the eyes of tomorrow, yet sheds tears of the past
Ms. Nappturality
One who bears the soul of those lost in systems of oppression
Ms. Nappturality
For in her, those souls reclaim their heirs, Kings and Queens of all they survey
Ms. Nappturality
For she embodies the past, lives the present, and rises to the challenges of the future
For Ms. Nappturality transcends time!
~Dedicated to Tiana by Kabbie Konteh

An overview of America’s Next Natural Model 2008

Challenge 9 | Challenge 8 |  Challenge 7

Photos of Challenge 7  |   Challenge 4   |  Photos of Challenge 4

Challenge 3 | Photos of Challenge 5   |  Challenge 2  |

Photos of Challenge 2  Hair stories | The Models 

Photos of Challenge 10