Danielle Evans (born June 7, 1985 in Little Rock, Arkansas), also known as Dani Evans, is an American model. In May 2006, she won cycle 6 of ANTM.
Before the show, Danielle worked as a babysitter as well as an Abercrombie & Fitch Brand representative.
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 had to shoot a CoverGirl commercial, and the winner receives a CoverGirl contract).
Nevertheless, Danielle made it to the top two, with Tyra saying she could be given speech lessons. In the finale, the judges were torn with some of the judges preferring fellow finalist Joanie's versatile portfolio, while others (notably Nigel Barker) preferring Danielle's "signature look". However, they felt as though Evans had the stronger in-person presence compared to Joanie and commanded the final catwalk, plus her charisma and charm edged out Dodds. She was crowned the winner.
In 2020, clips of Danielle on the show were trending on Twitter, most notably of Tyra trying to get the gap in her teeth closed. She posted a video on Instagram on May 6, 2020, addressing the situation. Tyra also issued an apology about her comments.
After the show, Danielle shortened her name to just Dani, and signed with Ford Models as part of her prize. She then signed with Elite Model Management and Click Model Management.
She 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 CoverGirl" during Fall 2006. She also starred in a CoverGirl commercial with fellow CoverGirls Queen Latifah and Tiiu Kuik. Her other modeling credits include ELLE, Elle Girl, Jewel, In Touch Weekly, Essence, Seventeen, The New York Post, Ashro, Sephora, Cover, Kouture, Venus, MetrosStyle and the Tory Burch line for Saks Fifth Avenue. 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.
She was a guest appearance at Chris Brown's MTV special regarding his 18th birthday My Super Sweet 16. She appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on September 16, 2009, as a model for Pastry, a line owned by Vanessa and Angela Simmons. She was featured in the Victoria's Secret PINK online style guide in December 2009.
In Spring '08, she appeared in designer Jenni Kayne's spring collection fashion show. She is the spokesmodel for Akademiks clothing line. She also has received a showcard from Click Models for NY Fashion Week.
She was featured in a Sports Illustrated Casting Call in 2017.
Dani is currently living in New York, and founded Monrowe, a unisex line of ready-to-wear hats.
She was ranked number five on MsMojo's video "Top 10 Most Successful America's Next Top Model Winners".
- Dani is the second black winner of the show, after Eva from cycle 3.
- Dani, CariDee and Jaslene Gonzalez (from cycle 8) were the only Top Models who had their Cover Girl contract renewed.
- "Jay is like; 'You look regal'. I did know what regal meant so I didn’t say anything because I was like if it’s bad I don’t wanna be like 'thank you'!"
- "It's just so random to hear Jade say she wants to be a kindergarten teacher. I would homeschool my child before they went to Jade's class."
- "A couple of minutes ago I was depressed about the gap. I’m like, forgot the gap sucker, I’m going to Thailand!"
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