So instead of doing my homework like a good person, I spent all of last night watching Cycle 1 of America's Next Top Model. Yeah, yeah- I jumped on the bandwagon kinda late. But who can blame me? Who has time to do these things pre-second semester seniorhood?
Well anyway, I am absolutely outraged that Elyse didn't win. I mean, what the hell was Tyra thinking? And the judges! I would have expected more from Kimora Lee- she was a top model herself after all. And Janice Dickinson! She has her own model agency! She should know these things! Actually I don't know if she does or not. None of my top models belong to her agency. The only thing I know about it is that she had all her models do some nude PETA protest a while ago. The cardiac wards of New York must have had a buttload of traumatized senior cits to deal with. Adrianne Curry WHO. What contribution has she made to the industry? Why not Elyse? It was all there- the high cheek bones, feline face, gorgeous photoshoots, and her way with words. She should have been America's Next Top Model. If anything, it should have been her that disassociated herself from ANTM (Curry=ungrateful) and shown how she beat all expectations regardless. She's probably had the most successful modeling career out of anyone on the show to date. And she didn't even win.
Back to the point... America's Next Top Model should be about high fashion, not commercial modeling. What names do we remember in the industry? The Sleep Mattress lady? Random billboard lady? HELL NO.
I'm not trying to say that ANTM is a bad show. I love it to death! It's my new addiction and this is probably the only rant about the show itself you'll ever read from me. I haven't seen all the cycles, but based on what I've seen from Cycle 9 and 10, the show is moving in the right direction: high fashion. So why aren't we seeing a lot of these winners in magazines like Vogue or walking for big name designers like Chanel or Prada?
The issue I think is that the competition itself has become too commercial. It's as simple as that. By the time the competition is over, we're all just plain tired of the winner. She's practically become the equivalent of the Sleep Mattress lady. And let me tell you, it's really hard to picture anyone in the Sleep Mattress commercial in any Vogue editorial.
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