Yoanna House was born on April 9, 1980 in Jacksonville, Florida. Her mother is an immigrant from Mexico, and felt closest to her grandmother, who shared Yoanna’s affinity for fashion. Aside from modeling, her other interests are sumo wrestling and rally racing. She also enjoys listening to indie pop music and watching her favorite movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her strong desire to model motivated her to lose 50 pounds. When she became a finalist in America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 2, she found a very good friend in fellow Top Model finalist Shandi Sullivan
. Yoanna likes Cuban and Middle Eastern Food, but is also fond of peanut butter.
Although Yoanna was having tough time perfecting her runway walk during the first few weeks of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 2, but her determination and vast knowledge about the fashion industry helped her to ease her way up to the Top 2 with Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
. Despite the judges’ initial criticism of Yoanna’s unique body type, she was able to overcome her weaknesses, as she was fueled with the tremendous desire to win. And win she did when after the final runway challenge, the judges decided to crown Yoanna as the second winner of America’s Next Top Model.
Because Yoanna emerged victorious, she was immediately handed a modeling contract from IMG, featured on Jane Magazine and became the spokesmodel for Sephora cosmetics. She has had the chance to travel extensively for her career and has appeared in several television shows like On Air With Ryan Seacrest, The Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Regis and Kelly. Yoanna took on her first hosting job in 2005, when she was asked to replace Elisabeth Hasselback on the Style Network’s The Look For Less. In 2008, she gave birth to a son she named Alastair.
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