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Thursday, March 8, 2007

America's Next Top Model Critique


I wish that just once I could sit in on the judging panel of America's Next Top Model so I could have five minutes to slap all those girls across the face (well not all but a good majority) and tell them to stop crying, whining, complaining and bitching about every little thing! This is a prime example of how a model should NOT be.

Even though it is only the second week of the latest cycle and most of these girls don't have any legit modeling experience whatsoever, they are already taking many things for granted and acting like they deserve to be there. There are only a handful of girls that this does not apply to and they know who they are because they keep it real and they stay focused.

The statement I heard the most during last night's episode, was how all the other models got to do themes that they were already good at, while others pouted and complained that they didn't get the theme they wanted. Ladies, let me tell you right now: modeling is not an industry that is going to cater to you, what you want and how you want it. It's as simple as that.

A good model is one who embraces every challenge put in front of them with no questions asked. Whether you love the idea for the shoot or hate it with your entire being, that doesn't change the fact that you still need to go out and shoot. The modeling industry does not care about your opinions, whether you are good or bad at the theme you are portraying and doesn't care about your morals or ethics. The sooner these girls learn that, the better off they'll be.

The modeling world is one that will introduce you to a whole new lifestyle and a whole new slew of people that you may not be comfortable with. That's why what's-her-name got sent home (I was so mad with her I didn't even care to remember her name). Just because you're a "country girl" who is used to a slower pace and not being around so many people, is not an excuse.

 If she really wanted to be there, really wanted to be a model and cared to familiarize herself at all with the industry, she would have been somewhat prepared to do the challenges and photo shoots. The one good thing I will say about the girl who left is that she left with a positive attitude and accepted her evaluation from the judges and left without a whole bunch of tears, or harsh words for why she was better off not being there in the first place.

Although avoiding tension, trash talk and jealousy can be nearly impossible in a house full of girls, it's still vital to keep such thoughts to yourself, ignore other people's negativity and keep it moving. If one model is excelling far above the others, then give the girl her props--even if you want to strangle her. Give credit where credit is due. Producing strong photos will get you on top and I hated it when the other girls on the show were so quick to have something bad to say when any of the girls received rightful praise from the judges. It's so petty to me.

I enjoy watching America's Next Top Model because of the commercial interest, the themes for the shoots, and the outfits they wear. I don't take the show too seriously because it is a reality television show. Reality television is not reality but a type of reality that is created by professionals in the producing, directing and editing world.

You really can't believe everything you see on television. I take the show at face value and I hope that through this next cycle of ANTM, model hopefuls will learn what to do and what not to do based off of the actions and statements made by the girls on the show.

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