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Who knew there could possible be more drama left in America's Next Top Model? The Cycle 16 girls are dismayed to learn their shoot will take place at a landfill, where they will wear eco-friendly couture creations by Filipino American designer Michael Cinco. / Chris Frawley/The CW.
 


The recent ANTM episode tested the girls' ability to create a riches from rags visual.
 

The model search show is a cycle of never-ending glam-o-rama and drama among the competing beauties. What has been in store for the current season, though? The Filipino American producer has helped to give exposure the first featured Filipino American designer Michael Cinco, among many other contributions.

Born in Batangas, Philippines and raised in Indiana, Carandang eventually worked as a production assistant for The Jerry Springer Show.


Michael Carandang displays his Daytime Emmy Award after winning for his work on €œThe Tyra Banks Show as a producer for the €œBest Talk Show/Informative category in 2009.

The Filipino American worked his way up to Hollywood after landing his current job as a producer for The Tyra Show and America’s Next Top Model.

With all his hard work, networking, and success, Carandang never forgets about his Filipino values, which include family and religion.

According to a March PhilStar interview, Carandang said, ”It’s got something to do with the ‘American Dream.’ I owe it to my parents who sacrificed everything to give us this opportunity. It would be crazy to throw it away. As an immigrant, I had no sense of entitlement. Here, if you want to be successful, you have to work hard for it. Generally, Filipino immigrants don’t take things for granted. We would take any job to survive. It doesn’t matter how big or small, we’ll do it well — and with dignity — because we want to impress and move up.”

Catch ANTM Cycle 16 of  on the CW channel Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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