When Lisa joined America's Next Top Model, she was a 24-year-old wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles. She is the daughter of the heiress to Skelly Oil and younger sister to Cathy Robertson and Carol Connors (actress).
On the show, Lisa was portrayed as the girl with the most outrageous personality. Lisa was shown by cameras to be a heavy drinker, and performed several odd things, including talking to a shrub she named "Cousin It" and urinating in an adult diaper in front of the other contestants. She was considered the front-runner on this season's America's Next Top Model until she was eliminated. The Top Model judges eliminated D'Amato seventh, as they perceived her spitfire confidence as arrogance, although her pictures and personality had always been considered some of the strongest of the contestants.
Lisa has shown discontent with her elimination and the show in general, having written so in a blog . "I didn't want anyone to win! I wanted them to run after me and say they made a mistake. Truly, I knew I was the best one all around. And the one photo shoot that I got eliminated on proved to me in my heart that it was rigged, and just bull-shit and I'll tell you why.... For the photo shoot, it was the phone booth. I was the last girl to shoot, when I was done J Manuel lined all the girls up and said Lisa did the best, she was so playful. (He then) told the girls that we were the final 6 and they needed to pick up the pace like Lisa's doing. Then proceeds to show them the poses I was doing with the facial expressions(mine you they couldn't see because they were behind me) and then said "YOU ALL GET MORE FRAMES EXCEPT FOR YOU LISA!!! and that was the one I was eliminated on.......? And with the paparazzi photo.... the one they showed while actually taping in London was good. The one they showed on TV-BAD! They switched it out so it would make more sense to viewers. But, actually I took a good picture. So, the girls got to shoot again where as I didn't. Unfair. So, you see I don't know what to think about the whole thing. Also, if I was eliminated because of my big personality, why did they tell me everytime I asked we are only judged on our pictures and the challenges- not our character!!! Thats what they told me over and over and over and over!!!!! What would you think about this If it were you in my shoes? I mmeeeaaannn..... right!"
"I know that if they knew that I wasn't going to win, they had to not let me get to top 3 because they knew that my performance would've been awesome especially because they knew that I excelled under pressure! And then it would of [sic] been more of a contraversy [sic] because I wouldn't of [sic] won. Thats [sic] the fucking truth! Sucks huh? Thats why I was eliminated so early!"
D'Amato won an award from "The Reality Remix Really Awards" for "Favorite Altered State".
Cycle 17 (All-Stars)
Out of rehab, engaged to her long time boyfriend, and ready to start fresh; Lisa entered the Top Model house for a second time with a positive attitude and her zainy, unforgettable personality. Lisa was accepted by the crowd with a positive reaction, and the judges were pleased to see that she was still as much of a character and a star as ever. In the second episode, Lisa was given her branding word (daring) and was encouraged to embrace this side. Her fantastic photograph won the judges over, because of it fitting the brand and its sheer strength, earning her a first call-out. Additionally, the judges began to question her versatility as Lisa continued to pose with her legs off the ground in the next few photo shoots, and as a result landed in the bottom two twice; once with Camille McDonald and the second time with Angelea Preston (the latter was a non-elimination bottom two). However, Lisa turned the tables by getting second best photo the next week, a first call-out the following week, and yet another second call-out (for her music video) the week after that. The judges noted her star quality, and her phenomenal performance in the motional editorial earned her the first place in the final three. Ultimately, Lisa's presence, strong runway walk, star quality, personality, great photos, and amazing Covergirl performance clinched the deal and she was crowned the winner of the first All-Star cycle, beating Allison Harvard and Angelea Preston (the latter of whom was not present due to disqualification).
Since America's Next Top Model, D'Amato signed with L.A models and L.A Talent. D'Amato has starred in an ad campaign for Black Chandelier, designed by Jared Gold, She ate eggs like a beautiful dove, DaftBird, Ford Fusion, Clementyne, Lip Service, ELLEgirl Magazine, Lemonade magazine, Lilian Kha, and Permission Magazine, appearing on its cover in October 2006. Her runway shows include Elate "Celebrity" Fashion Show 2006, Alice & Olivia Fall 2006 and Jared Gold's Black Chandelier Runway Show. D'Amato has appeared in two Old Navy commercials and on Ripe TV. She has recently started a music career.
Lisa reportedly started dating British singer Robbie Williams in October 2006 after meeting at a Hollywood party. On November 22, 2007, photos of the model surfaced on gossip website PerezHilton.com. The pictures showed an allegedly drunk Lisa revealing her breasts and pulling down another's underwear as boyfriend Cisco Adler DJ'd..