Why 'America's Next Top Model' is a sham

TV Tattle has a link today to a New York Times piece examining who’s really still in the running toward becoming America’s next top model, and apparently, none of the contestants in the UPN’s addictive reality show of the same name is likely to make the cut. How come? Apparently, they’re too old, too fat, and too American. I kid you not.

While I could’ve lived without the writer’s condescension toward the best reality series on TV (”Why, it is a puzzle to test the mettle of Malibu Barbie!”), it’s fascinating to see that Nik, Bre, Lisa, Nicole, Kim, and Jayla will actually be competing against Eastern European fetuses when they graduate from Tyra University.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m gonna go waddle out of the office and get some lunch. Field greens with a side of air sounds positively scrumptious.

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  • Scott

    In a way, this show has always been a bit of a sham. I mean, have any of the past winners gone that far? (And no, the Surreal Life, tedious Covergirl commericals and a Veronica Mars cameo do not count.) But the fun in the show is watching the girls transform (or not) in their pictures and debating why Tyra and the judges could possibly have just eliminated the girl you liked the most.

  • donn

    If Elysse Sewell from Season 1 wasn’t a sudden world-wide phenom, then nobody will be. The fun for me is getting a chance to see the behind the scenes stuff at the photo shoots and to see (as Scott stated) the transformation process. Let’s face it, most successful models are doing it by the age of 14 and if the contestants on this show haven’t been discovered by the age of 20, chances are it’s for a reason.

  • jessie

    From puppet shows and drunken thoughts on bushes to romance and face offs between contestants. This is the best season of ANTM so far! Other reality show contestants have taken their 15 minutes of fame in different directions. The same could happen to these girls, even if being a “top” model isn’t a part of it.

  • erica

    donn, she may not be a world-wide phenom, but elyse is definitely a working model in asia (she keeps a journal at http://www.livejournal.com/users/elysesewell.) it’s up for judgement whether that’s as good as her alternate career path of doctor would have been, but for someone whose only other choice was a lifetime at dairy queen, that would be pretty awesome.

  • EP Sato

    Lord help me I am agreeing with Slezak! the article was a little too condescending of Tyra’s show to be taken very seriously, but the points are there. It’s a tough business and what many “All American girls next door” have to sell is not appealing to the mass audience right now. Okay.
    The point of the show though is to give these young women, outsiders mostly, a chance to have a contract with a makeup company, publicity and exposure. This might not make any of them ever as famous as Tyra Banks, but it’s a lot closer to Tyra than they would ever make it otherwise.
    None of these chicas may become the next top model after the show, but most if not all will get great acting gigs and a kick started career out of this. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me at all…

  • antm

    What Ever happened to Adrianne CUrry and her Revlon ads you never see them. and Yohanna and her Cover GIrl Ad never saw it. THe only time you See Eva the Diva or Naima’s ads are during the show. When do you ever see them on the cover of a mag or other mag layouts besides the ones they won in the contest. and You never see them during fashion week.
    The Show is a FRAUD!

  • nonka

    It is ovious that the Dyke Girl is going to win. Cycle 1 a poor white girl cycle 2 fat girl gone slim 3 black girl 4 mixed raced girl 5 time for a dyke ….the future cycle 6 a full figure girl 7 a Asian 8 a cripple.

  • cherish

    the finale episode was a crock. Nic consistantly took better photos than Nicole. And like Nigel said Bree had more personality than both. I think Cover Girl put the squeeze on Tyra, insisting that they not have 3 ANTM in a row. Nicole is pretty no doubt, but models are supposed to be extraordinary. Bree was different and overflowing with a great personality. Nic was stunning in photos. This was such a sell out. Tyra should be ashamed.

  • uhayla

    I was pissed with Tyra a few seasons ago when she set Tocarra up on photo shoots and there were no clothes there to fit her. remember she ended up wearing tha orange button down shirt. Now, she has that BITCH twigy on the show badmouthing Nik. Nik was the obvious choice but I guess the perfect, pure white girl had to get it this time. Wouldn’t want to lose the white viewers would we. Forget the fat people and the black people . Those viewers don’t count now do they. Tyra is a sell out rich girl who talks big but still thinks small. She sees the world through the shallow eyes of a model. What a waste. P.S. Her show is horrible. Let’s see what she thinks about being cancelled when the station tells her they don’t have her photo in their hands!

  • layla

    Tyra Banks stop killing young women
    America next top model show is extemely encouraging young girls to be too thin. If pay close attention to this season’s imature models, you will see that they’re all way too thin then the other previous seasons. You would think growing up in the industry she would have more sense and understanding to say NO to a young woman who is obviously suffering from eating disorder. But no she hires all of this 13 girls to show to all the millions of teenage girls who love watching the show that its okay to look like that and infact its beautiful. She makes me sick and people should not watch her show. Please support me in this because I know I make sense. Save our young women from early death.

  • Raquel

    Okay I am pissed at the judges. Every season they pick a girl they feel sorry for. They pick a girl that is a little chubby, or a girl who was really shy but is starting to open up, or a girl who was awkward as a kid and had scoriosis. It is garbage. It is like they discriminate against girls who were popular in school and don’t have past problems. Melrose should have won she took amazing photos and owned Caridee in the runway. But once again the panel went for the wierd girl. They couldn’t pick the down to earth normal because then all the freaks would get upset. I am disgusted that they can’t play the game fair, it is just a load of crap.

  • pmoran

    Melrose was robbed. She won most of the challenges. Many outside judges voted for her. She was stunning and elegant in the last runway, the best since the show began. Caridee is beautiful, but kind of mean and the worst runway since the show began. Crazy good can work, but she was crazy bad, awlful. I do not understand the judging. Her runway was a disaster. That is what Caridee learned in her “journey”? Melrose looked like an established model. Great face, expression, attitude and walk.

  • pmoran

    Melrose was robbed. She won most of the challenges. Many outside judges voted for her. She was stunning and elegant in the last runway, the best since the show began. Caridee is beautiful, but kind of mean and the worst runway since the show began. Crazy good can work, but she was crazy bad, awlful. I do not understand the judging. Her runway was a disaster. That is what Caridee learned in her “journey”? Melrose looked like an established model. Great face, expression, attitude and walk.

  • pmoran

    Melrose was robbed. She won most of the challenges. Many outside judges voted for her. She was stunning and elegant in the last runway, the best since the show began. Caridee is beautiful, but kind of mean and the worst runway since the show began. Crazy good can work, but she was crazy bad, awlful. I do not understand the judging. Her runway was a disaster. That is what Caridee learned in her “journey”? Melrose looked like an established model. Great face, expression, attitude and walk.

  • melroseisaman

    Melrose was not robbed she looks 45!
    With age you should have experience no wonder she won…PLUS the competition sucked.
    Where are all the White Top Models (xcept adrien)

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