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The Fashion World's Dose of Reality
When TYRA BANKS reduced the first crop of would-be cover girls to tears last year on America's Next Top Model, viewers made it UPN's No. 1 show. Now Banks and her third batch of babes, who strut out Sept. 22, will face some competition on the catwalk:

THE SHOW: Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model

THE SKINNY: Buxom Baywatcher CARMEN ELECTRA hosts this Top Model for fellas starting on Bravo Oct. 12

THE TIP: Given Electra's taste in men, invest in tattoos

THE SHOW: Project Runway

THE SKINNY: On Bravo in November, 12 designers herded by model HEIDI KLUM will compete to show a collection at Fashion Week

THE TIP: There's an old saying, you can never have too much seersucker


THE SKINNY: On CBS next year, 16 aspiring clothiers will battle before a "style council." The winner gets to craft a line under urban outfitter TOMMY HILFIGER'S label

THE TIP: Don't wear your FUBU jacket to the call-back

Diddy's Dad Dues
P. Diddy's kiddies are eating into his Cristal budget. The hip-hop mogul, also known as SEAN COMBS, is appealing a judge's August order to pay $35,000 a month to Misa Hylton-Brim, the mother of one of his two sons, Justin, 10. Combs has been paying $5,000 a month to Hylton-Brim, plus covering Justin's schooling, medical and other expenses, Combs' publicist said. "It's not about child support," Combs told the Associated Press last week. "It's about adult support." Or maybe the little guy just needs his very own Bentley.

Geez, You'd Think She'd Worked with Bogie
Sixty years ago, LAUREN BACALL showed Humphrey Bogart how to whistle. At the Venice Film Festival last week, the husky-voiced screen veteran showed attendees how to handle hot air. While publicizing the film Birth, Bacall, 80, was asked by a reporter how it felt to work with her co-star, fellow "legend" NICOLE KIDMAN, 37. Bacall, who also shared the screen with the waifish Cold Mountain star in last year's Dogville, replied that "[Kidman's] not a legend. She's a beginner." The dig seemed to be aimed more at the breathless journalist than at Oscar winner Kidman — Bacall later said the two have "a fabulous relationship both onscreen and off." It's just that to be a legend, the blunt Bacall explained, "you have to be older." Now, that whippersnapper Meryl Streep — she's getting there.