Meet Darian Ellis
Will this BR native be America’s Next Top Model?
By Keeley KristinPosted Jun 13, 2012
It takes a lot to get noticed these days. Let’s face it: Competition is fierce. But every once in a while someone comes along who has that “it” factor and suddenly any competition that lingers behind fades into the background.
Meet Darian Ellis, latest “it” factor to come out of Baton Rouge.
A 22-year-old Biology major at LSU, Ellis is currently ‘off the grid’ to friends and family, at least for another six weeks or so. She is currently on location filming as one of 13 contestants on the latest season of America’s Next Top Model: College Edition! And since Darian is currently workin’ it and doing her thing, we thought we’d chat with the one person who knows her best to see what we can uncover about this Baton Rouge beauty: her mama, Ms. Katye Ross.
DIG: How long has Darian been modeling?
Mom: Well, Darian is somewhat new to the modeling scene and only began modeling about six months ago. [She had] noticed an ad in an LSU newspaper, which advertised an open call for models to strut the runway during the New Orleans Fashion Week. Since her modeling debut, Darian has been booked for five additional shows.
DIG: Wow. When did she audition for America’s Next Top Model?
Mom:?In mid-April, at the spur of the moment! Darian traveled to Austin, Tex., where she auditioned for a spot on America’s Next Top Model. She beat out thousands of hopefuls and was selected as one of 30 finalists. Shortly after, she was chosen as one of the top 13 girls to move on to compete for a chance to become America’s Next Top Model.
DIG: What was Darian’s reaction when she found out she made the show?
Mom:?One afternoon [at home], Darian received a phone call from a representative of the show. The caller informed her that she had been selected as a finalist of the show’s college edition, after beating out thousands of other young ladies. She expressed a variety of emotions, ranging from excitement, to shock, and then to feeling like she was having the best dream of her life. Her family was also overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation of the new journey ahead.
DIG: What has this process been like for her?
Mom:?The entire process from the beginning of this journey to now has been awesome yet unbelievable. [It’s an experience for everyone involved.] Not long ago, Darian worked at a local neighborhood store and had no idea that in six months, she would be enjoying the experience of a lifetime. Not only has she had the chance to meet Tyra (Banks), the show’s executive producer, but she has also enjoyed luxurious trips and photo shoots. Darian has gained the support of thousands of fans, locally and globally, and this entire experience is one that most young ladies can only dream of…yet, it’s reality for Darian.?
DIG: What is different about this season of America’s Next Top Model?
Mom:?Well, during previous seasons, the contestants and winners were selected solely by Tyra Banks and the panelists of judges. This season, which has been dubbed America’s Next Top Model: College Edition, is quite different since the finalists are representing the university/college they attend. ??
DIG: Currently, how many girls is she competing against? And how is she faring so far?
Mom:?Darian is currently one of 13 young ladies who are competing for the ultimate title. To date, she is still in the competition and is well on her way to becoming America’s Next Top Model!
DIG: Where can people go to vote for her, show their support, and learn more about her?
Mom:?This season is highly interactive. Every couple of days, new theme-based photos of the remaining contestants are posted online at www.CWtv.com/ANTMvoting. This is where the viewing audience gets to vote for their favorite contestants. Viewers can also post comments and videos expressing who should get eliminated and who should progress in the competition. Fans can also visit Darian’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LSUDarian and “Like” Darian Ellis’s photo at Facebook.com/ANTM. Darian is the first contestant to represent both Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana, so we really do encourage locals’ support of her efforts! It’s a college edition, so she’s representing LSU!
DIG: Ms. Ross, I can’t imagine how proud of your daughter you must be. Is there anything you’d like to express?
Mom: Well, I am proud that my daughter has the chance to experience such an opportunity. She has my full support and I know that so many doors will be opened for her. What makes me [happiest] is that my daughter is living her dreams. I’m almost at a loss for words because this almost seems unreal. Although I miss her tremendously because she’s been away filming the show, I know that she is having the time of her life and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
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