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|Born:||January 8, 1988|
|Home:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Affiliations:||NEXT Model Management|
Elite Model Management
|Friends and Family|
unnamed father (Deceased)
|Siblings:||Effy Harvard (Sister)|
|Debut:||What Happens in Vegas|
|Eliminated:||America's Next Top Model Is...|
|Last:||America's Next Top Model Is...|
Allison Harvard (born January 8, 1988) is an American fashion model. She is best known as one of the contestants of cycle 12 of ANTM in 2009, and later the All-Stars cycle in 2011. She was the runner-up both times.
Harvard was born in Houston, Texas and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge before transferring to the University of New Orleans, where she studied art during the spring semester. Her artwork is featured in the 2007 novel The Story Told at Night by Liza Kuznetsova.
Allison gained popularity on Myspace and DeviantArt in 2005 because of her stylized paranormal and glam/grunge photo self-portraits. They resemble Daveigh Chase in "The Ring", Mischa Barton in "The Sixth Sense", and Courtney Love's baby-doll dress and tiara grunge period. Harvard's signature look was heavy eye makeup, wide-eyed stare, and troubled expressions reminiscent of Cindy Sherman's Film "Stills".
In 2007, 4chan's imageboard "/b/" (widely known as a cesspool of offensive material including racist and discriminating jokes, gore, and pornographic images), re-posted her stylized photo self-portraits as demotivationals, calling her "Creepy-Chan", which became a popular internet meme. However, it later became apparent that "Creepy-chan" was not always considered creepy, so a dual personality, "Cute-Chan", was created. "Cute-Chan" does not wear heavy eye makeup or pink dresses while standing hunched over on coffee tables staring wide-eyed into the camera (as "Creepy-Chan" does); rather, she wears normal clothes and goes about her everyday business in a decidedly cute fashion.
Individuals identifying themselves as "Anonymous" (AKA "Anon", a pseudonym/username made popular on 4chan and other meme associated websites), noted the difference between her candid and stylized pictures and publicly wondered if Harvard was a model. By late 2008, Encyclopedia Dramatica (a satirical open wiki that uses MediaWiki software and documents Internet drama, culture, and memes) added Harvard to its "chan" list, calling her a "non-selfposting cam girl."
In 2009, when Allison was announced as a contestant, she was an instant fan favorite by the public. However, she was constantly critiqued by the judges about having the same face in all of her photos. This put her in the bottom two with Tahlia in episode seven, but was saved. She later received the first call-outs for three of the four weeks in Brazil, in episodes ten, twelve and thirteen. She was eventually the runner-up to Teyona.
At the cycle 12 reunion, Allison was voted "Most likely to star in a "Twilight" movie".
She appeared again in All-Stars in 2011, where was given a branding word "unique". She is best known for her song, "Underwater" which she wrote for the music video challenge in episode eight. She wrote the song in memory of her dad, and she whispered the verses. She received the first call-out that week.
She made a guest appearance on the finale episode of cycle 21.
After the show, Allison signed with Nous Model Management in Los Angeles.
She has appeared on the covers and spreads of magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, ONE, WeTheUrban, and one of the Philippines' leading fashion megazines, Mega. She was featured as the brand endorser of Belo Medical Group and covered their special edition magazine.
She walked at the 2012 New York Fashion Week for Gemma Kahng and Malan Breton. She also walked for Chromat and Richie Rich. She was the face of Michael Cinco's "Impalpable" perfume, with international male model Tierry Vilson. She walked in Philippine Fashion Week 2012 with Dominique in the Michael Cinco and Rajo Laurel for Bench fashion shows.
On October 6, 2012, Harvard made an appearance in an episode of I Am Meg: Own the World in Style, a Philippine TV Lifestyle show on ETC.
On September 21, 2012 it was announced that Harvard would be making her acting debut as the character Carina in the independent feature film Insensate. The film was released early August 2013 on iTunes and later released on Amazon.
She was in the July 2019 music video for Pixies' "On Graveyard Hill".
Contemporaneously, Harvard was equally well known as a painter. Harvard's paintings recall Marilyn Manson's and Francesco Clemente's watercolors. Harvard illustrated the children's fairytale book 'The Story Told at Night', written by Liza Kuznetsova and published in 2007. Harvard describes her style of art as "surreal. psychedelic. genuine".
Allison was ranked number two on MsMojo's YouTube video "Top 10 Shocking Eliminations on America's Next Top Model". She was number three on their video "Top 10 Best Makeovers". Her, Celia and Natalie's fight with Aminat, Tahlia and Teyona ranked number four on "Top 10 Craziest Fights".
- "I'm really interested in hemophilia"
- "Thalia is giving this speech from the stairs, and it's a bit too, like, 'chicken soup for the teenage soul' for me."