CariDee English was born on September 23, 1984 in Fargo, North Dakota, and is an American fashion model and TV personality who won Cycle 7 of America's Next Top Model in December 2006. Her prize was a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a modeling contract with Elite Models, and a six-page fashion editorial and cover for Seventeen magazine. She is the first natural blonde to win ANTM and the second ANTM winner from North Dakota, the first being Nicole Linkletter of Cycle 5. English was also the host of Oxygen's biggest premiering show to date, Pretty Wicked.
English was born in Fargo, North Dakota to Anastasia Claire English and Grant Davis English. She is of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ancestry. Before appearing on America's Next Top Model, English worked as a photographer, and was also an actor in the sketch comedy group known as The 4th Option, which performed weekly in the old East Gate Lounge in Moorhead, Minnesota. On December 13, 2004 she sang with the Willy Waldman Project. She was a listed model with the Academie Agencie in Fargo North Dakota in 2001. She entered the Millie Lewis Actors Models and Talent Competition in 2002 and was placed with Mega Models in Miami, Florida for the summer of 2003.
America's Next Top ModelEdit
Throughout the competition, the judges noted English was notably more outgoing than the other contestants. She was noted for her striking similarity to Rebecca Romijn and Karolína Kurková. In the early stages of the cycle, her personality was considered fun and outgoing, most notably during her "hiding dizzily" at a panel challenge.
As winner of the acting challenge in Cycle 7, English had an opportunity to guest-star in an episode of the CW series One Tree hi Hill (which aired immediately following Top Model at the time). English appeared in multiple scenes, while previous acting challenge winners had smaller parts. Also, during that same episode, she mentioned in an emotional outburst during the acting challenge, that she knew about stress and had attempted suicide earlier in life because of it.
She was criticized for making an impulsive, yet crude joke to fashion photographer and ANTM judge Nigel Barker during the bullfighting photo shoot in Barcelona, asking him "Did you remove that stick from your ass from the last panel?" referring to a large stick Barker was holding. However, English stated that "he actually joked back", and was never really mad. During panel, she cried and apologized to Barker.
English was shown speaking to her boyfriend on the phone in one episode, and passionately kissing one of the male models the girls worked with in the next, when the girls were overseas in Barcelona. English was interviewed saying that during that point, she and her boyfriend were seeing other people, and that they had since gotten back together.
As the competition progressed, the judges began to express concern that English's personality might be too unpredicatable for her to be awarded the Top Model prize. Ultimately, she was crowned the winner over runner-up Melrose Bickerstaff because the judges felt that she had the much sought-after "X-Factor"—an intangible quality that made her a standout.
In early 2008, English was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment Canada. With her flawless body and classic beauty, they said she was the first contestant everybody knew would win from the first episode.
"I won, I won... I, I I did it, I'm a CoverGirl model, I'm going to be on the cover of Seventeen magazine—I'm so excited, you know, my dream was always be a model and to be in the modeling industry... and having psoriasis always prohibited me, I'm America's Next Top Model baby, yeah."
She appeared on the weekly "My Life as a CoverGirl" segments on The CW. In 2007, she was featured in an ad for CoverGirl Eyewear alongside cycle 6 winner Danielle Evans. She returned to ANTM for the finale of the eighth cycle to give advice to the final three contestants and to open the finale's runway show.
English was featured on the front page of Seventeen, Social Life,Healthy Living, Psoriasis Advance, and Cover magazines with Top Model alumnae Naima Mora and Danielle Evans. She has modeled for Wedding Style, JC Penney Bisou Bisou, Stephenson Denim, Johnny P. Shoes, American Salon, Matrix Professional Colors in Cosmopolitan and the "Heart On My Sleeves" clothing campaign by Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane and Christian Siriano Fall 09. She was in the Winter 2007 issue of Knit.1 Magazine, the February 2007 issue of Seventeen, the March 2007 issue of In Touch, the Spring 2007 issue of Social Life, the April 2007 issue of Cover, on the cover of "Inked Magazine" for Fall 2007, Loops&Pluto, Short Hair Magazine the cover of Runway Magazine, ads for Melissa Latkins t-shirts, Tasola Beauty & Beyond, and has been featured on ivillage.com. She also shot a cover of Allure, and has done some charity print work for the NOH8 Campaign.
In 2013, she became the face of Ray Ban sunglasses.
Her runway credits include J.C. Penney, Carlos Campos, Renee Larc, Jordi Scott, Snoopy in Fashion, GM Style Auto Show, Honduras Fashion Week, L'Oréal Fashion Week in Toronto, In Style's 2009's New Year's Eve lingerie show at the Estate, where she was the guest of honor New York Fashion Week, Richie Rich F/W 09 "Blondes have more fun" Show in Mercedes Benz Fall Fashions 09. She also opened Los Angeles Fashion Week wearing Yotam Soloman, walked in A*Muse Fall/Winter 2010, and Christian Siriano 2010 line in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 10.
She has also been featured on Mystyle.com and Blastmagazine.com.
English had a cameo appearance on One Tree Hill as a prize for winning the acting challenge on ANTM. She also appeared in a small role on Gossip Girl.
She co-hosted MTV's Scarred and the Pretty Wicked reality show on Oxygen.
She has appeared several times on the Tyra Banks Show and has been featured in the advertising campaign for ANTM on Oxygen.
She appears in the 2012 commercial for Stelara (Ustekinumab), a plaque psoriasis treatment.
English has hosted several parties. She has also taken part in the Seventh Annual World Poker Invitational at the Commerce Casino in 2009. She will also host the Capital Fashion Awards in Sacramento together with Jonathan Waud, Naima Mora and Merlin Castell.
English is featured on Brad Walsh's album "Human Nature" in the song called Boy/Girl and is working on music with Better than Ezra. CariDee is a drummer, and performs with Celebrity DJ Lindsay Luv. Performing a powerful girl drum and DJ duo they call LUVnENGLISH. CariDee also drums with the New York based DJ Zeke Thomas. They even made a short video of them working together. CariDee sings, plays guitar, drums and said "I would have been a rockstar first but being a model paid the bills faster."
Philanthropy and animal rightsEdit
She is a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation, spreading awareness about psoriasis and encouraging others to seek treatment. English says she felt "cursed" with psoriasis when she was young because of the taunts of classmates. Today, her "curse" is her cause. "Psoriasis awareness is very important to me. I want others with the disease to know they are not alone. I want to inspire them to live their dreams," she said.
As such she opened the walk for Awareness on January 13, 2008 in San Diego and was featured on the cover for Allure. She has also held a congressional briefing on Psoriasis on June 11, 2007. She has taken part in the walk for awareness multiple times since. She is also featured in the Canadian Psoriasis Education website.
English has also taken part in a video against seal hunting. She also attended the Power of Paws opening, an association which promotes animals as part of health programs and promoted Project Cuddle.
She has also taken part in the NOH8 Campaign.
|2006||America's Next Top Model||Herself||Winner|
|One Tree Hill||Tia (Brooke's Model in Red dress)||Season 4 Episode 7 "All the thing's I've done"|
|2007||The Tyra Banks Show||Herself||Guest|
|Gossip Girl||Bart's date/Carissa||1 episode|
|2009||How I Met Your Mother||Barney's date||"Third Wheel"|