Last year Philly actor/model/singer/G Philly cover boy Cory Wade Hindorff debuted in the first season of America’s Next Top Model to feature male and female models. He didn’t win (though he came in a commendable third place) but apparently he made enough of impression to be asked back.
Producers just announced that he’ll be returning this season—Cycle 21 (!)—as a special guest, serving as a mentor to the new contestants. So get ready for an arsenal of his signature one-liners, and sassy hand gestures galore.
In the video above he chats about what he’s been up to since the last season, and drops some hints about the hot-hot-hot male models that will be competing this season.
The new season of America’s Next Top Model airs tonight, Monday, August 18th, on the CW at 8 p.m.
The cast for Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model was recently announced, and to some gay advocates’ surprise it included Adam Smith, a 26-year-old Texan who, as Queerty points out, is the same Adam Smith who made headlines in 2010 for dragging an Emory student out of a party and calling him a “faggot.” (More on that story here.)
This is especially disappointing, considering the show broke ground last year when it cast Philly’s own Cory Wade Hindorff as the first openly gay contestant in the show’s history. And plus, hello, Tyra is a gay icon. What is she thinking?! I was curious about how Hindorff felt about the development, so I reached out to him via text. Here’s what he had to say:
More on the event here.
LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Actor/Singer/Top Model/Femme Bot Cory Wade Hindorff
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today, the multi-talented Cory Wade Hindorff. Last summer the 23-year-old actor/singer/model/drag queen gave Philadelphia a whole new reason to tune back in to America’s Next Top Model, appearing on Cycle 20 as the reality show’s first openly gay male finalist. He made a commendable third-place finish, and since then has used the opportunity to draw attention to his singing career. Last month, he released the gorgeous, neo-soul single “I’m Sorry.” Keep your eyes on this guy. You’ll be seeing/hearing more from him.
Rena has done it again with another sexy, super-danceable song that’s full of Gayborhood philebrities.
“Jealous” — her newest collaborative effort with DJ Drootrax — is a fun, sassy club anthem that will hopefully start making the rounds at local dance spots. The video was directed by Harry Paris at Voyeur. It’s a pot de crème of queer freakiness that will wet whatever your wild may be. “My body’s on, and my nails are tight/ This mug is beat and I run the night,” Rena coos as she flaunts her burlesque skills in a diamond brazier and thong.
Cory may have gotten flack for flaunting his femininity on Top Model, but you’d never know it here. The song oozes masculinity, and it’s damn sexy. Like, D’Angelo-sexy. In it, he croons to a jilted lover, “I gotta leave now/ It’s killing me, but I gotta get on that train and leave/ It don’t feel good/ It’s the hardest part of loving you/ I’m sorry, babe/ I’m sorry.”
It’s no doubt a from-the-heart kind of tune, which got me wondering, “What’s this song all about?” I reached out to ask him a few questions about it. I also took the opportunity to find out what else he’s been up to post-Top Model. Any amazing gigs come out of it? Has he heard from Tyra since the show wrapped? He answers all that and more below:
Cycle 20 of America’s Next Top Model comes to an end tonight and a new top model will be crowned. Tyra has breathed new life into this season of the reality show by adding male models in the mix, and we’re all chomping at the bit to see if one of the boys — particularly a certain fellow from our neck of the woods — will scoop up the big prize.
After a season of tears, drama, posing, and smizing it all comes down to this: part one America’s Next Top Model‘s finale will be airing tonight at 9 p.m. You don’t have to be alone on this suspenseful night, as Tabu will be hosting an ANTM Finale Party, giving fans of Philadelphia local Cory Wade Hindorff a chance to join together in fierce fuchsia goodness. Best of all, Cory himself will be in attendance!
Our latest issue — the last of the year — is on the streets now, and we think it’s our best one yet. Here’s a peek at the goodies you’ll find inside: