America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21: Raelia Lewis

(Photo Credit: ANTM Photographers & Ellements Magazine “top center middle on L”)

Dreaming big and keeping your eye on the prize is sometimes hard, but if you apply these principles it will take you all the way:

1. Dream more

2. Complain less

3. Listen more

4. Talk less

5. Hope more

6. Fear less

7. Believe more

America’s Next Top Model is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. The executive producers are Ken Mok from “Making the Band”, Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by (Tyra Banks) Model for rising Models as a platform opportunity to begin their career in the modeling industry.  Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which first premiered on May 20, 2003 on UPN .RLewis-intro photo

Many young people dream of becoming a model.  They imagine a glamorous and exciting lifestyle. The reality of being a model is much different. It’s not just standing in front of a camera and smiling. Most people fail to realize that on average the chances of actually becoming a supermodel are slim.  The chances of becoming another kind of model are within reach, if you meet the criteria.lewis

Photo Credit: Michael Letterlough, Jr.

Believing in yourself and your dream is a great way to ensure those dreams happen, and that is what Raelia Lewis did. This 23 year old, 6 feet ½ inches Philadelphia native landed a coveted spot as a finalist on America’s Next Top Model Guys/Girls Cycle 21, that Premiered on Monday, August 18th, 2014.  I had the opportunity to sit down with Raelia Lewis to talk about her new-found journey, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, editorials, and much more! Raelia Lewis have dream about becoming a model as young as she can remember it. She reported that she tried out three times for ANTM on various season and was rejected; but that did not STOP her dreams; the third time was not the lucky number, but the fourth time was.

She made it to Cycle 21 and was one of the 14 finalist out of 31 hopeful models. Raelia was focus and driven to reach her full potential; while receiving criticisms such as on her walk by Miss J. Raelia have improved that walk and have now coined her own signature walk. Watch out Naomi Campbell.

Although, she was not the final winner due to being eliminated on November 07, 2014 during “The Guy Who Parties Too Hard” challenge. Raelia was not going to let that stop her. Raelia have made a name for herself on the runway circuit. She has walked in New York Fashion Week 2015 Spring/Summer Collection; including other shows in Europe and magazine covers such as Ellement. We will see more of Raelia Lewis at February, 2015 Fashion Week.

If you missed any of Cycle 21 episodes, you can now view on Primetime or Entertainment On Demand on your television or on Hulu.

If you’re interested in being the Next Top Model. Check out the Casting Call for Plus-Size Models; including all shapes, all sizes, and all heights for CYCLE 22 Americas Next Top Model. Register at:

Video (of Raelia work):

You Want to Make It On Top then Make It Work (in my best Tyra Banks’s & Tim Gunn’s voice)

Believe in yourself and your dreams.

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  • Soap Opera Spy
    February 12, 2015

    I love those seven rules, it’s always best to talk less and listen; we’ll learn far more that way!

  • Kasi
    February 13, 2015

    She is gorgeous! I’ll be pulling for her, and look forward to seeing her in some NYFW shows.

  • Vashti (
    February 16, 2015

    I haven’t watched ANTM is such a long time. Thanks for sharing Raelia’s story.

  • GinaB
    February 16, 2015

    glad to know that Reliea is doing well. I like her on the show.

  • Jessica
    March 4, 2015

    The pictures of the model on the ice is stunning.

  • Jessica Jones
    March 4, 2015

    I love #6. I feel like fear holds us back from a lot of things. I need to work on stopping that!

  • The Budget Divaa
    June 11, 2015

    She’s absolutely stunning! I definitely used to be an ANTM feen, so this post is great. xoxo

  • Joanna
    September 26, 2015

    Hi Simone!
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  • C.A. Villeta
    October 10, 2015

    She is beautiful. The interview with her must be such an experience.

  • Jaime Blunier
    November 15, 2015

    I used to love watching this show! I love the beauty shown as well as seeing the behind the scenes real model. Great post!

  • Jordyn
    January 16, 2016

    I grew up watching ANTM! Love the tips for dreaming big. The interview with her must have been fun!

  • Warren @ Blog to Taste
    January 17, 2016

    I know this is an old post, but I absolutely loved Raelia!! Thanks for reminding me that she was an awesome contestant.

  • Milena
    January 19, 2016

    I love this show. It’s interesting to find out what happens to the models after the show is over.

    • Social Nubian
      May 25, 2016

      I agree. You do not get to hear about your favorite contestant or even the one’s that win.

  • Mhar Sefcik
    January 20, 2016

    She looks stunning and very tall. 🙂 I bet she’ll become a supermodel, too.

  • Laurice Szenasi
    February 10, 2016

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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