A resident of Queens, NY, Bianca Golden made headlines for her involvement as a contestant in Season 9 of the UPN reality program America's Next Top Model, an assignment she secured in her late teens. Though Golden ultimately lost the in-season contest to rival Saleisha Stowers, she remained in the running long enough to qualify as a finalist before the judges tagged her as the 10th to be eliminated. On the series, Golden earned a reputation for her aggressive and cutthroat competitive streak when dealing with the other hopefuls. Not long after, in an incident widely reported in the press, a violent brawl erupted at an airport between Golden's family and that of Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky. It led to arrests for a number of those involved, including Golden and Blonsky.