What Happened To Yoanna House From America's Next Top Model?

Tyra Banks' hit show "America's Next Top Model" debuted in 2003 and enjoyed 24 successful cycles before supposedly calling it a day in 2018, per IMDb. Along the way, the reality competition received its fair share of criticism and many have questioned its credibility. As noted by W magazine, Banks' behavior toward some of the contestants continues to raise eyebrows. Even though the supermodel admitted on Twitter in 2020 that she made some "really off choices," she still believed the show did open doors for aspiring models.

In a 2019 interview with Ebony, the "Coyote Ugly" actor said that "America's Next Top Model" helped break the stigma of models who choose to start their career on a reality show. "Now, the top models in the world have gotten famous because they were on reality shows. I think 'Top Model' has a lot to do with where the industry is now, including it being a bit more accepting when it comes to body type," she explained. "We've been on the forefront of diversity all around."

Many of the winners have included "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Eva Marcille, Lisa D'Amato, and Nyle DiMarco. Another memorable contestant is Cycle 2 winner Yoanna House (pictured above), who beat out tough competition Mercedes Scelba-Shorte in the final. But, what has she been up to since taking home the winning title?

Yoanna House is still modeling

After being crowned the winner of the second cycle of "America's Next Top Model," Yoanna House was presented with a contract with top agency IMG Models. In addition to that, she was featured in a spread for Jane magazine and graced the catalog cover of Sephora cosmetics, according to People. Since the show, House has continued to work as a successful model. In 2004, she made her red carpet debut at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles, per Metrofashion, and went on to strut her stuff at fashion shows for Sue Wong and Ya-Ya during the following years.

Her striking beauty also helped her book advertisements for Aquadrops, Careline, Declare Yourself, and Hanna Andersson. According to her official Instagram page, House is still modeling. In her bio, she refers to herself as a "curvy model." Outside of posing for the camera, House has also ventured into television and acting. As noted by her IMDb page, the reality star co-hosted "Barcode USA" in 2007 and hosted the series "Queen Bees" the following year. In 2004, she made her acting debut as Jane in the sitcom "Eve."

House appears to keep her personal life private. However, what we do know is that she is a mother to her son, Alistair. On Instagram, she honored his birthday with a heartfelt post in August 2020. "Alastair, you are a treasure from above, who brings me so much joy and love. Happy birthday son! Everyone please send him a birthday message," she wrote.

Yoanna House speaks highly of Tyra Banks

Many of the contestants that have been a part of "America's Next Top Model" have gone on to slate the show or Tyra Banks herself. During an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" in 2018, Cycle 21 alum Winnie Harlow stated that the reality show "didn't really do anything for my career," adding that it "doesn't really do anything for any models career, realistically."

In a YouTube video detailing her experience on the show, Cycle 24 contestant Jeana Turner informed viewers that Banks said she sounded like a "f**king prostitute" after the supermodel found out she had posed for Playboy. In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail, Cycle 14 star Angelea Preston claimed that meeting Banks was a disappointment, insisting she never spoke to any of the contestants and was a "stranger" off-camera. 

Yoanna House, on the other hand, speaks very highly of Banks and wished the former "America's Got Talent" host well wishes on her birthday on Instagram in December 2020. "Have the best birthday ever, @tyrabanks ! Here's to a lifetime of happiness and joy," she wrote while attaching a snapshot of the pair. "May you be with the ones you love the most your momma & boy. love you so! Today's my Dad's Birthday too! Xo, Yoanna" In defense of Banks, House said in an interview with Oliver TwiXt that she knew that Banks wasn't going to be a "Mother Theresa" figure when signing up for the show, therefore, she wasn't left disappointed.