Melissa Rose Bickerstaff to appear in cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model

Back on March of 2006, I received this email from model and fashion designer Melissa Rose (“Melrose”) Bickerstaff.

This is Mel Rose and I am writing to you for two reasons. The first is to eventually order some prints from you from the effections healing show you shot in 2004 – I also need a favor from you. I am trying to get a job with a company that needs me to take all of my photos off of the internet. I can go into further details after June but I am needing to take some photos off of your Web site.

My first thought was that she was auditioning for Project Runway since she is a talented designer who took home the “Best of Show” honors and “Most Creative” award for her work in the Art Institutes’ student fashion show in 2003. March 2006 was right around the time Project Runway was holding open calls for the next season and a few other designers I knew including Sari Pace and Bruce Beasley had gone down to the Los Angeles auditions. But when Project Runway debuted, there was no sign of Melrose so I knew it wasn’t that show.

Fast forward a few months and I’m having lunch with one of Melrose’s friends and she tells me that Melrose had indeed landed on a reality T.V. show which had already been filmed. Since the show had not been announced yet, the embargo was still in effect. Well, just last week I received this link showing where Melrose had landed. Melrose will appear in season 7 of America’s Next Top Model. If you click on the more info tab, there’s a video preview clip. From the looks of the other models, I think Melrose will do well. America’s Next Top Model debuts on September 20th on the CW network.

Here’s a shot of Melrose (right) backstage at a fashion show in 2003.

Images of Melrose’s fashion design can be seen here. Use the drop down menu and select Fashion-Melrose.

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  • Peter

    I hope Melrose wins. People have been giving her a bad rap, just for doing the right thing. There is a difference between bossy and doing what should be done. If all the other girls are too immature to even clean up a place or after themselves, what kind of lifestyle could they possibly live? As for attitude, she didn’t sound like she had an attitude at all. It was just a mistake, she did apologize. People with attitudes don’t apologize.

  • Peter

    I hope Melrose wins. People have been giving her a bad rap, just for doing the right thing. There is a difference between bossy and doing what should be done. If all the other girls are too immature to even clean up a place or after themselves, what kind of lifestyle could they possibly live? As for attitude, she didn’t sound like she had an attitude at all. It was just a mistake, she did apologize. People with attitudes don’t apologize.

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  • BatesMotel6

    I am SO relieved to find a place on the web where comments about Melrose are positive. She is my favorite contestant this year and I also believe that the other girls are juvenile and jealous of her dedication and hard work. She takes impressive photos and obviously knows what she’s doing. I would love to see her win. I wish her the best of luck in all of her endeavors and I hope that not one word from the other little girls penetrate her strong will!

  • BatesMotel6

    I am SO relieved to find a place on the web where comments about Melrose are positive. She is my favorite contestant this year and I also believe that the other girls are juvenile and jealous of her dedication and hard work. She takes impressive photos and obviously knows what she’s doing. I would love to see her win. I wish her the best of luck in all of her endeavors and I hope that not one word from the other little girls penetrate her strong will!

  • maylis

    I don’t think it’s jealousy. I’ve been pretty unimpressed with her attitude and don’t want her to win.

  • maylis

    I don’t think it’s jealousy. I’ve been pretty unimpressed with her attitude and don’t want her to win.

  • Peter

    Melrose is winning the challenges because of hard work. Whether people say she has an attitude, I barely notice a hint of it. Melrose tries to help the other girls, but they don’t want it. Instead she is treated like an outsider. The other girls sees her as a threat. How could any of the other girls not be jealous seeing her constantly win the challenges?

    Eugena has more attitude than Melrose. Eugena says that Melrose can win the challenge (one of the challenges). Another way of making an excuse for not winning. If Eugena doesn’t take the challenge seriously enough to win, she doesn’t have as much passion as Melrose. Eugena also started out trash talking the past top model girls, not an attractive quality.

    I use to like Caridee, but I am unimpressed by her personality. Her make out session with someone she just met. Her comment to Nigel, that wasn’t funny at all. Her constant attack on Melrose. Like Melrose says, stop worrying about Melrose and worry about themselves.

    Tyra talks about Melrose being fake. If she is fake and winning the challenges. Imagine what she could do if she truly shows herself. She would leave the other girls in the dust.

    Overall in looks, I am unimpressed with Eugena’s look, ANTM for whatever reason to keep her is just a total joke. But not surprised because of past top model judging. Amanda should of stayed, I think being awkward can be quite attractive in itself. Though it might be harder to work with, it gives a different approach to the modeling world. Amanda’s photo was much better. Plus she has a unique look.

    Caridee is nice looking but a bit generic looking in the modeling world. Like swimsuit/lingerie model. Melrose doesn’t have that generic look. I thought at her first photo shoot, she looked like Cameron Diaz.

  • Peter

    Melrose is winning the challenges because of hard work. Whether people say she has an attitude, I barely notice a hint of it. Melrose tries to help the other girls, but they don’t want it. Instead she is treated like an outsider. The other girls sees her as a threat. How could any of the other girls not be jealous seeing her constantly win the challenges?

    Eugena has more attitude than Melrose. Eugena says that Melrose can win the challenge (one of the challenges). Another way of making an excuse for not winning. If Eugena doesn’t take the challenge seriously enough to win, she doesn’t have as much passion as Melrose. Eugena also started out trash talking the past top model girls, not an attractive quality.

    I use to like Caridee, but I am unimpressed by her personality. Her make out session with someone she just met. Her comment to Nigel, that wasn’t funny at all. Her constant attack on Melrose. Like Melrose says, stop worrying about Melrose and worry about themselves.

    Tyra talks about Melrose being fake. If she is fake and winning the challenges. Imagine what she could do if she truly shows herself. She would leave the other girls in the dust.

    Overall in looks, I am unimpressed with Eugena’s look, ANTM for whatever reason to keep her is just a total joke. But not surprised because of past top model judging. Amanda should of stayed, I think being awkward can be quite attractive in itself. Though it might be harder to work with, it gives a different approach to the modeling world. Amanda’s photo was much better. Plus she has a unique look.

    Caridee is nice looking but a bit generic looking in the modeling world. Like swimsuit/lingerie model. Melrose doesn’t have that generic look. I thought at her first photo shoot, she looked like Cameron Diaz.

  • EMS

    I just saw a picture of Mel Rose on the front of a bridal magazine for Winter 2006. Under the credits she was listed as working for Boom! Modeling and Talent. Granted, it may have been shot a while ago, but this may be the place where she is under contract for a year.

  • EMS

    I just saw a picture of Mel Rose on the front of a bridal magazine for Winter 2006. Under the credits she was listed as working for Boom! Modeling and Talent. Granted, it may have been shot a while ago, but this may be the place where she is under contract for a year.

  • I doubt if Melrose is still with Boom. Boom is a San Francisco based agency and Melrose is now living in Miami. It’s more likely that photo was taken months ago before she got on ANTM. Although Boom still list her under fashion talent, her link is no longer active.

  • I doubt if Melrose is still with Boom. Boom is a San Francisco based agency and Melrose is now living in Miami. It’s more likely that photo was taken months ago before she got on ANTM. Although Boom still list her under fashion talent, her link is no longer active.

  • peony

    a couple of minutes before they annouce who america’s next top model is… i hope hope hope it’ll be Melrose. I also think that she deserves it and the other girls were overreacting about her personality because they were jealous.

  • peony

    a couple of minutes before they annouce who america’s next top model is… i hope hope hope it’ll be Melrose. I also think that she deserves it and the other girls were overreacting about her personality because they were jealous.

  • peony

    I guess it was ANTM’s loss… Now Melrose is going to be signed to another modeling agency. Well, either way, congrats to her!! She was great and almost won every competition.

  • peony

    I guess it was ANTM’s loss… Now Melrose is going to be signed to another modeling agency. Well, either way, congrats to her!! She was great and almost won every competition.

  • Kelly Henderson

    I don’t know if Melrose reads this and I really hope she does because I believe she was like Nicole in Cycle 5 everything a Top Model embodied. I think she was smart, unique looking, hard working, and kept to herself. America’s Next Top Model seems to only pick models based on personality most of the time. Melrose is so high fashion and personally I love her personality. The other girls were inarticulate and flaky and really unfair to her. Don’t worry Melrose you’ll get a contract with a huge agency and make Caridee look like the generic model she is.

  • Kelly Henderson

    I don’t know if Melrose reads this and I really hope she does because I believe she was like Nicole in Cycle 5 everything a Top Model embodied. I think she was smart, unique looking, hard working, and kept to herself. America’s Next Top Model seems to only pick models based on personality most of the time. Melrose is so high fashion and personally I love her personality. The other girls were inarticulate and flaky and really unfair to her. Don’t worry Melrose you’ll get a contract with a huge agency and make Caridee look like the generic model she is.

  • Bummed out

    Well well, what’s new. The person who wins most of the challenges, takes the best pictures and does everything the way “Tyra” wanted it, loses. Was it just me, or did Tyra act like a jackass on just about every show???? News to ANTM, Get a clue!!!!