You know how much I think America's Next Top Model is a joke. How it is still on air is shocking. It makes me sad when girls email me and tell me how they think the show is "all they need" to succeed. I always tell them: Don't bother!
1. it kills self esteem for all the models of the show.
2. The show doesn't share the realities of the modeling industry and brain -washes the models on the show and the viewers. You won't leave or watch it really learning about you need to know to work as a model.
3. the petite cycle was total bullshit. Nothing was said about what print modeling is, and actually there are more print models than fashion models and a shorter girl needs to know what area to pursue realistically.
4. the girls leave the show and then what?
I have actually seen some of the girls who were on the show at castings and they really looked depressed.
A few months before the petite cycle 13, I actually wouldn't have minded being featured as a guest on the show to give the short models some tips, --the judges they had were not 'that petite' afterall, and really said nothing positive about working as a shorter model.
For a second, it would have been fun to teach the girls about how holding a snake or re-creating your baby photo or standing next to a horse doesn't mean you can model. And share some modeling jobs and agencies where height isn't everything. Teach then about how knowing your body, how to pose, can make you appear longer in photos. But to be honest, it was stupid to pitch myself to the show as a guest because I really can't stand the show. I watched the show for that one season and never again. It really is terrible and painful to watch.
For years I've worked as a model despite being the tiniest out there, and there was a time when my height was a letdown, but I have found ways to get ahead by using what I do have, and I have worked over the years with national brands and magazines as a "parts model" using my hands, feet, body and even my legs to model in ad campaigns. The only one that can judge your success is you, if you want something, you have to do the work, give yourself a realistic chance, and be honest with yourself. When you are short, it is all about how you market yourself, and if you seek out where you can find opportunity. And also try for more than 5 seconds.
Today in The New York Post, I enjoyed this article with model Paulina Porizkova talking about modeling, reality tv, and plastic surgery and politics:
My favorite part:
After she was fired in 2009, Porizkova complained Tyra was chronically late and never spoke to her unless the cameras were rolling. Today, she describes the reality show as "living in a Cinderella world and Tyra's the fairy godmother who can make all your dreams come true. But the one guarantee that you will never make it as a model is to go on that show."