Danielle "Dani" Evans (born June 7, 1985 in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an American model. In May 2006, she won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 6.
Before America's Next Top Model
Before appearing on America's Next Top Model, Evans worked as a babysitter as well as an Abercrombie & Fitch Brand representative.
On America's Next Top Model
Evans was thought by the judges to be one of the front-runners in the competition, noted for her striking face. It was not until the second half of the contest that she came under criticism for her heavy southern accent, which the judges felt was unfitting of a CoverGirl spokesmodel (The final three contestants on Top Model shoot a CoverGirl commercial, and the winner receives a CoverGirl contract). Nevertheless, Evans made it to the top two contestants, Tyra Banks saying she could be given speech lessons. In the finale, the judges were torn with some of the judges preferring fellow finalist Joanie Dodds's versatile portfolio, while others (notably judge Nigel Barker) preferring Evans's "signature look." However, they felt as though Evans had the stronger in-person presence compared to Dodds and commanded the final catwalk. Evans's charisma and charm edged out Dodds, and she was crowned the winner of Cycle 6.
Evans has appeared on the cover of PowerPlay Magazine, an Arkansas-based publication,. She has starred in the continuing CoverGirl commercial campaign on The CW entitled "My Life as a Cover Girl" during Fall 2006 as well as starring in a CoverGirl commercial with fellow CoverGirls Queen Latifah and Tiiu Kuik. Her other modeling credits include ELLE, Elle Girl, Jewel Magazine, In Touch Weekly, Essence Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, The New York Post, Ashro catalog, Sephora, Akademiks, CoverGirl eyewear and Cover magazine. Evans has walked the runway for Issue, Victorio & Lucchino, Baby Phat Fall '07 and Zang Toi Fall '07. She has also walked on the '07 Rip the Runway, with many other ANTM contestants, although she was the only winner of ANTM that walked this season, she is the second winner to ever have walked on Rip the Runway and Style Salon. In 2007, she was featured in an ad for CoverGirl Eye-wear alongside cycle 7 winner CariDee English. Dani, Caridee English (cycle7), and Jaslene Gonzalez (Cycle 8) were the only Top Models who had their Cover Girl contract renewed. In Spring '08, she is scheduled to appear in designer Jenni Kayne's spring collection fashion show. She is the spokesmodel for Akademiks clothing line. She also has received a showcard from her agency, Click Model Management, for NY Fashion Week. She is one of only two girls given showcard of all 129 ANTM alumni, the other being Jaslene Gonzalez, winner of Cycle 8.