Toccara Elaine Jones (born March 13, 1981) is an American actress, model and television personality. Jones was a contestant on Cycle 3 of ANTM in 2004, where she placed 7th.

Early Life

Jones attended Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, where she majored in dance.

ANTM

Toccara was the only plus-size model of Cycle 3, where she infamously said at casting, "I'm big, black, beautiful and loving it!".

She broke down crying in episode seven for not having any clothes that fit her for the Ford Mustang photoshoot, then getting in a fight with the wardrobe stylist. She was placed in the bottom two that episode, but was saved over Cassie.

Toccara was eliminated on the eighth episode, despite winning "Covergirl of the Week" four times. The judges thought that she lost her spark she originally had in the first weeks.

Toccara later appeared as a guest on an episode of Cycle 12 and Cycle 14. She was referenced by Tyra in episode seven of Cycle 16, saying she hasn't been that angry at an elimination since Toccara's.

Post-Show

Toccara was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment.[1]

Since the show, Jones signed with LA Models as a plus-size model. She has been on the covers of Be, The Next Magazine, Black Men, Black Hair, Brides, and multiple issues in People in February/March 2006, March/April 2006, and April 2008.

Jones has modeled for Queen Latifah, New York and Company, Target, Essence magazine, Vibe magazine, King magazine and Smooth magazine. Her runway shows include Hot 97's Third Annual Full Frontal Hip Hop Fashion Show, Luxe & Romance Fall 2005, BET Presents: Rip The Runway 2, ElleGirl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America's Next Top Models 2005 and Alice & Olivia Fall 2006. Jones was also selected to be part of the 2007 Rocawear I Will Not Lose campaign representing the Rocawear plus-size line for full-figured females.

She is also the second black plus-size entertainer (after Oprah) and first black plus-size model to appear in Italian Vogue, with 14 pages in 2008.

She has co-hosted an episode of 106 & Park. She also occasionally appeared on The Tyra Banks Show. In one talent episode, she served as a judge. She also hosted America's Next Asian Model on the show. She recently was one of the former Top Model girls who appeared in post show interviews in America's Next Top Model: Exposed.

She also appeared on the second season of the VH1 series Celebrity Fit Club. During the show, she gained 32 lb (15 kg) to get down to 173 lbs. Toccara wanted to weigh 180 lb (82 kg) because it was "good for her career". Toccara gained 14 lbs back and currently appears on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, which puts celebrities from past seasons up against new celebrities, and premiered in March 2008. She ended the show weighing in at 166 pounds, surpassing her weight loss goal by 7 pounds.

She was a correspondent for The Black Carpet, which airs on BET. She also appeared on the first season of Celebrity Paranormal Project. Jones was a host for BET's game show Take the Cake. She has recently been awarded a Fiercee Award for her lifetime achievement, being the fiercest contestant ever.

She made a cameo appearance in Trina's music video for the song "I Got a Thang For You".

She participated in a 2009 national tour of The Vagina Monologues with an all-black cast. She was the host of season two of the dating show Donald J Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger in 2011. She also made an appearance in the 2012 movie Think Like A Man. Toccara launched her lingerie line, Toccara Jones Intimate Apparel.

Filmography

  • America's Next Top Model (2004)
  • Girlfriends (2005)
  • All of Us (2005)
  • Celebrity Fit Club (2005)
  • Celebrity Paranormal Project (2006)
  • E! True Hollywood Story (2006)
  • Take the Cake (2007)
  • The Tyra Banks Show (2005-2006, 2008 )
  • Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp (2008)
  • I Got A Thang For You (2008)
  • Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger (2011)
  • Think Like A Man (2012)

Trivia

  • Toccara is the first girl to be voted "CoverGirl Of The Week" and be eliminated in the same episode.
  • She is also the first plus-size girl to be "CoverGirl Of The Week".
  • Toccara was almost cast on All-Stars, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with her dating show "The Ultimate Merger".

Quotes

  • "I love my skin and I'm workin' it. I'm hitting 200 in the butt, what?"
  • "Ann, big deal, tough tittie!"
  • "You can shave my head off bald and I'll still walk around here like I'm a goddess."
  • "I wanna know why all the girls were so nice lookin', and here I am looking like I work at Home Depot!"

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