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Cassandra Jean Whitehead (born October 5, 1985) became the first contestant to quit the reality television show America's Next Top Model, ranking 11th on cycle 5.

Early life

Whitehead went to Cypress Creek High School and later attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Beauty pageants

She competed in the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant from 2002 to 2004. She was a semi-finalist in both 2003 and 2004, and held the local title Miss Houston Teen USA in 2003. In these pageants, she competed alongside future Miss Texas USAs Lauren Lanning (2006) and Magen Ellis (2007). In 2005, Whitehead won the Miss Corpus Christi crown (a title held by Eva Longoria in 1998) and making the top 10 at Miss Texas USA 2005. Whitehead is the cousin of Nicole O'Brian, a former Miss Texas Teen USA and Miss Texas USA.

America's Next Top Model

Whitehhead was chosen to compete on the fifth cycle of UPN reality-television show America's Next Top Model, but quit the competition during the fourth episode. Whitehead became emotional during the makeover episode, wherein her long, dark brown hair was cut extremely short and dyed blonde, in an attempt to create a look similar to that of actress Mia Farrow in the film Rosemary's baby. During the next judging round, host Tyra Banks was still not pleased with Whitehead's haircut as she wanted to make it even shorter. During their next photo shoot, Whitehead was scheduled to have another haircut, but she refused. Whitehead claimed that the producers gave her one night to consider her options, following which she decided to walk out of the competition. She also claimed that she was unhappy at the way they attempted to change her attitude.

Whitehead was the first contestant to leave the show.

TV appearances

Whitehead appeared on an episode of the Game Show Network show Lingo. On the show, she introduced herself as a beauty queen from Houston, Texas. This appearance was presumably before her participation in ANTM.

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