Monday, May 01, 2006

Yoanna House Is Following Me

I live on the Upper West Side near Lincoln Center. It's a pretty nice neighborhood and has everything I could ever need. I live within walking distance of Central Park, two Equinox branches, four gourmet grocery stores (Balduccis, Citarella, Fairway and Whole Foods), across the street from a Citibank, and access to both the 1/9 & 2/3 subway lines. Most of my friends live downtown and I used to as well in Gramercy. When I moved to the Upper West Side, people thought I lived in outer space because they said it was "soooooo far." But I enjoy living uptown, especially when I was working at my old job down on Wall Street. Coming home to the Upper West Side (even if sometimes it was at 4AM) gave me a nice sense of detachment from the office.

Obviously, I'm in agreement with others about the quality of living here. Apartments are super-expensive here and in high demand. Celebrities like Regis Philbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Rosie O'Donnell, Jerry Seinfeld live in the neighborhood. I see famous people like them every once in a while, but not too often. However, in the past two months, I've seen Yoanna House of America's Top Model fame with the ubiquitous Tyra Banks at least six or seven times. Six out of those seven times were at Equinox in Columbus Circle. She ALWAYS does the ellipitical machine and she smiles a lot. I heard she had a bit of a weight problem before. Well, she certainly doesn't have that now. The last time I saw her was at Fairway. She had some salad, fruit, skim milk and other typical model body detox model food in her shopping cart. But then I saw her grab a dozen eggs. Hmmm...maybe Yoanna's a cook?

Speaking of America's Top Model and Tyra Banks, I think Tyra Banks is incredibly annoying. I think the most annoying thing about her is that she has this strong self-belief that everybody wants to BE her. I remember I was watching Oprah and Tyra Banks was on the show talking about how to make yourself look better. And all sorts of models came out stylized by Tyra. Then Tyra exclaimed, like Moses, "Everybody can have Tyra hair!"

Now having seen Yoanna just walking around the neighborhood like a normal person, she seems fairly approchable to me. If anything, seeing her now is mundane to me, not that it was ever that exciting.

7 comments:

tim said...

I live on the UWS too... although in the 90's. And Yoanna, way way way too much make-up. She also comes into my store sometimes.

EM said...

have you ever watched Top Model? Tyra is SO annoying. she blinks too much. and tries to act deadly serious and make things more dramatic than they really are. and just generally annoys me. i think yoanna is gorgeous, though looking at the comment above this, i should qualify that the less make-up she wears, the better she looks. also seems like a decent person from what i saw on the show. who knows once the cameras are off though.

teahouse said...

Hey, we're neighbors! And I do frequent the Columbus Circle Equinox..although I've never seen anyone famous there!

Yeah, Tyra is smug and annoying. But she has really nice breasts - they're real, too, as she once demonstrated on her show!

Jon said...

Tyra's forehead will control us all someday, better submit now ^_^

jenny said...

That's cool! My friend works very close to where the original Top Model house was. My only claim to fame is that I rode the subway with Shandi (from 2 seasons ago) when I was visiting NYC last year.

I can't help it - I love ANTM!

Anonymous said...

From Jayne: Okay, ageism strikes. I have no idea who any of these people are. Enough said.

Anonymous said...

From Jayne: Saw Tyra. She's cute.