As some of you may recall, Isis King was a contest on the 10th cycle of America's Next Top Model. Within the same year, Isis admitted that she was born a he. Isis appeared on the Tyra Banks show to share her story. In return, Tyra Banks agreed to paid for Isis to undergo a sex change.
As Isis transition into a girl, Tyra and the producers decide to invite Isis to appear on the 11th cycle beginning on Friday, August 7th. According to America's Next Top Model executive producer Ken Mok, the decision to cast a transgender contestant in the show's upcoming season was done to help further one of host and Executive Producer Tyra Banks' initial reasons for launching the long-running reality series.
"We want to redefine what beauty is," he explains. "You can be tall, you can be short, you can be plus size, you can be transgender; you don't have to be what the modelling industry says you have to be. That was one of Tyra's original missions."