Troubled "America's Next Top Model" alum Renee Alway SHAVED OFF HER HAIR before facing the judge in her burglary case -- in an effort to convince the judge she's a changed woman.
Alway -- who placed 3rd on ANTM during Season 8 -- appeared in a Palm Springs courtroom Thursday stemming from a 6-hour armed standoff with police last month.
Nothing really happened during the hearing ... except for the debut of Alway's new haircut.
So, why the extreme new 'do? Alway's sister tells TMZ ... the former model wants to "start over" and believes the first step is a radical new look ... hence the buzz job.
Plus, we're told ... Alway hated the way her hair looked in her mug shot, which probably made it easier to part ways with her mane.
FYI -- Alway's been arrested at least 4 times this year ... so, if she REALLY wants to fix her life, it's gonna take more than a haircut.
She's due back in court in August.
'America's Next Top Model' Star
Family Begs Dr. Drew ...
Please Save Her!
7/21/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Family members of "America's Next Top Model" finalist Renee Alway are deeply concerned the model's in too deep with drugs -- now they want to recruit the big guns to help, like Dr. Drew or Oprah.
TMZ broke the story ... Renee was arrested last month for attempted burglary -- after cops say she was hiding out in a Palm Springs home that wasn't hers. They also say she had a gun and charged her with possession of narcotics.
We spoke to Renee's sister who tells us ... Renee has a serious drug problem and can no longer take care of herself. She says she's homeless and the night she was arrested she was in "survival mode."
Renee's mother tells us ... the model's substance abuse has gotten so bad, they had to cut her off. "We stopped giving her money, which was feeding her drug problem."
Now the family just wants to see Renee get better, and say they need the best of the best to make that happen. Her sister says, "I am trying to find her some professional help. I would like to get her help from Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil or even Oprah."
Renee is currently behind bars at a correctional facility in Banning.
'Top Model' Finalist
The Brutal Mug Shot
7/17/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyra Banks would flip if she saw this -- the shocking bruised mug shot of former "America's Next Top Model" star Renee Alway, following her insane arrest in Palm Springs last month.
As we reported, 27-year-old Alway -- who placed 3rd on cycle 8 of the show -- was arrested on June 28th following a six-hour standoff with police ... after she was allegedly spotted wandering around a vacant home while carrying a gun.
Among the charges ... Alway was booked on suspicion of burglary, fraud, possession of narcotics, forged bills, and committing a felony while on bail.
Alway had been out on bail following her prior arrest just weeks before ... when she was popped for drug paraphernalia, petty theft, and fraud.
'America's Next Top Model'
Burglary, Drugs & Guns
7/13/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A finalist from "America's Next Top Model" might be America's Next Top Inmate ... Renee Alway was arrested recently in connection to a six-hour stand-off with police ... who say she was packing heat.
It's a crazy story ... Renee -- who placed 3rd in Cycle 8 of the show -- was popped on June 28 in Palm Springs and slapped with A TON of charges, including suspicion of burglary, fraud, possession of narcotics, forged bills, and committing a felony while on bail* ... just to name a few.
Here's what happened ... Palm Springs PD says they got a call about a suspicious female lurking around a house that was supposed to be vacant. They responded and allegedly found Alway hiding in the garage with a gun.
Cops say they believed another person was also in the house -- a male, also packing heat -- and called in the SWAT team. SWAT entered and searched the home for hours, but concluded no one else was inside.
27-year-old Alway was booked and remains in jail. Bail is set at $150,000. She's due in court next week.
*NOT SO FUN FACT: Renee was also arrested on June 2 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, petty theft, and fraud. She plead not guilty, was released on bail -- and then ARRESTED on June 28th.
Hence the recent charge of committing a felony while on bail. Wow.
Model to A$AP Rocky
You Hate Red Lipstick
'Cause You Hate Yourself!
4/13/2013 2:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A$AP Rocky must love white chicks, 'cause he pissed off Black women everywhere -- including model Toccara Jones and rapper Trina -- by saying dark-skinned girls have no biz wearing red lipstick.
A$AP dished his makeup tips to fashion and beauty blog The Coveteur, saying ... "I feel like with the red lipstick thing, it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that."
Jones -- a Season 3 vet of "America's Next Top Model" -- tells us, "His comments show he has self-hate. Doesn't he love himself? How do you make a comment like that when you’re brown yourself?"
Trina agrees ... saying A$AP doesn't know what he's talking about, because she's seen women of all shades "look beautiful in red lip wear."
Rap's 'Baddest Bitch' added A$AP can kiss something that needs no lipstick.
Okay, not really ... but that would've been awesome.
Ex 'Top Model' Jade Cole
'Memba Me From
12/27/2012 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jade Cole was famously on "America's Next Top Model, Cycle 6," but now she's on the street -- well ... IN the street ... having some tipsy fun! Warning: don't ask her to spell stuff.
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'Next Top Model' Judge
Turns Himself In to Police
After Assault Allegations
11/23/2012 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"America's Next Top Model" judge Rob Evans has turned himself in to police after allegedly beating up another man so badly, the guy ended up in the hospital ... sources close to Evans tell TMZ.
We're told Evans turned himself in at the Beverly Hills PD Wednesday morning on a felony assault charge -- and was released 25 minutes later after posting $60,000 bail.
TMZ broke the story ... a warrant was issued for Evan's arrest following the fight in March in Bev Hills. Details surrounding the fight are unclear.
But sources close to Evans -- a former boxer -- tell TMZ, Evans was completely unaware of the warrant being issued until very recently. As soon as he caught wind of it, we're told he contacted his lawyers who advised him to turn himself in.
As for the fight itself -- sources close to Evans tell us the alleged victim was trash-talking Evans when he reared up as if to attack him, so Evans punched him ... and insists the punch was in self-defense.
So far, no court date has been set.
'America's Next Top Model' Judge
Wanted By Cops for
10/24/2012 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The new judge on "America's Next Top Model" is a wanted man ... after allegedly beating the holy hell out of another person in Beverly Hills back in March -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
According to law enforcement sources, Rob Evans -- a former boxer -- is accused of beating the other guy up so bad, the victim ended up in the hospital with serious injuries. We're told Rob's boxer past is part of the reason he's wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon.
We're told the warrant was issued for Evans' arrest soon after the incident, but Evans cooperated with police from the get go -- so they didn't need to track him down.
But that all changed in recent weeks, when cops say Evans suddenly went silent -- and stopped speaking to them.
We're told the Beverly Hills PD now views Evans as a fugitive -- and have dispatched a special fugitive team to track Evans down. Once found, he will be arrested on the spot.
Attempts to reach Evans were not successful.
Fired 'Top Model' Judge
Good Luck Replacing Me
4/20/2012 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Freshly-fired "America's Next Top Model" judge Nigel Barker tells TMZ, the show's in for a rude awakening now that he's been canned ... because his shoes will be INCREDIBLY difficult to fill.
Nigel tells us, "Good luck to whoever [replaces me]. I would imagine it's a tricky thing to replace someone who's going on their 19th season."
As for why Nigel believes he got the boot -- he tells us, the network is bent on completely revamping the show ... after record low ratings the last two seasons.
But he adds, "Who knows if this is going to work? I don't necessarily think it's a good idea ... Maybe it will work. Maybe it won't. I wish them luck."
Tyra Banks announced this morning ... the CW would not be renewing Nigel's contract for the show's next season. Two other famed "Top Model" personalities -- Jay Manuel and J. Alexander -- were also fired.
'Top Model' Star
Sues Over 'Catastrophic' Car Crash --
Accident Torpedoed My Career!
1/18/2012 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Lexie Tomchek claims she was permanently injured after a bus collided with her car last year -- and now, she's suing the driver for derailing her modeling career.
Lexie filed the legal docs in L.A. County Superior Court -- claiming a guy named Narciso Ayala took an illegal right turn on March 28, 2011 ... and smashed into her car ... resulting in a "catastrophic accident which caused serious and permanent injuries."
Lexie's lawyer tells TMZ, the model's career has taken a crippling blow as a result -- and now, she's suing for lost wages ... plus hospital and medical expenses.
Lexie wants unspecified damages, exceeding $25,000. Calls to the driver and his employer were not returned.
'Top Model' Star
Accused Of Auto
SMASH 'N DASH
6/30/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jonny Fairplay's grandma -- whose death he lied about on "Survivor" -- claims Jonny's estranged wife RAMMED her car during a HEATED vehicular stand-off earlier this month ... and then fled the scene.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Jonny's estranged wife -- former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Michelle Deighton -- came back to Jonny's house to pick up some of her stuff. Problem was, Jonny had changed the locks while she was gone -- and Michelle couldn't get in.
Jonny was out of town at the time -- and according to the report, when his Grandma rolled up to check on things, Michelle was already there. G-ma informed Michelle she was trespassing and then blocked her van in the driveway while she called police.
According to the report, Michelle allegedly rammed granny's car trying to get out -- and then took off across the front yard, empty-handed. Attempts to reach Michelle weren't successful.
Jonny's grandma went to the hospital this weekend to get checked out -- but she still ain't dead, despite what her license plate says ... "DEAD-GMA." No kidding. It's in the report.
'Top Model' Auditions:
Now with Less Carnage!
4/11/2009 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The do over auditions in New York for "America's Next Top Model" today have gone off without a hitch ... and all it took was one violent, bloody riot of hungry models to teach the organizers a lesson.
The would-be models were all greeted by actual police officers and efficient checkpoint stations set up for today's event, instead of smoking cars, trampled bodies and broken high heels. The whole operation was designed to keep the crowd calm.
Unfortunately, not everything was so perfect -- a huge rainstorm hit early this morning, soaking all the wannabe models. Which, actually isn't a bad visual.
'Next Top Model' Audition:
What A Riot!
3/15/2009 5:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The next potential winner of "America's Next Top Model" may have almost been crushed to death ... and not because of crippling body image issues.
Three people were arrested and four were treated by medics after a riot broke out in Manhattan yesterday during an audition for the show.
The streets erupted when a mob of almost 10,000 model wannabes overwhelmed security and were thrown into a frenzy after a man allegedly yelled that a smoking car on the street was about to blow up.
In the end, everyone went home and threw up ... you know, because they were so shaken from the incident.