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Tuesday, November 15, 2021

If fans of “America’s Next Top Model” are expecting to see the show’s winner attain supermodelhood, they’re heading for a letdown. The consensus among fashion insiders is that all the contestants on the reality show are too old, too fat, and — the kicker — too American to make it in the current modeling game.

I’d be surprised if most “Top Model” fans really think the show’s going to produce the next Cindy Crawford, though. Like any reality show, the appeal is in all the manufactured drama. The fact that the protagonists are catwalking Barbie dolls instead of faux survivalists just gives it a hook among the likeliest 18-34 audience:

“I see girls sitting on the No. 4 train to Brooklyn saying, ‘Omigod, I have to get home because the Tyra show is on,’ ” said Wayne Sterling, the editor of Models.com, a slick Web site that obsessively rates model status. “The show has become their spectrum, a Midwest, middle-of-the-road simulation of what the business is like.”

I was unaware of the exact order of non-Americans flooding the modeling ranks: First Brazilians, then Belgians, then Eastern Europeans. (If anything, I’d have guess the opposite order of procession.) And who knew that the classic American look was poised for a comeback (even if it’s not coming from “the Tyra show”):

Whether a banner season for one young mannequin augurs a major taste shift in the modeling business and perhaps even a return to what some forecast as a resurgence of classic American sportswear it seems early to predict. “Does it mean we’re going to see a comeback for American models?” [IMG president Ivan] Bart asked. “Who knows? But I can tell you that nobody but nobody wanted Hillary [Rhoda] until Paris, and then Nicolas [Ghesquiere] cast her. And then suddenly this whole American in Paris thing kicked in and she was totally, totally the top girl of the week.”

All I know is, you’d better work it, girl.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/15/2005 09:29pm
Category: Fashion, RealiTV Check, Women
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  1. No sh*t. Did you see the Maxim spread the last winner did? She just didn’t have it goin’ on. At all. They had to put her in maribou panties, because she had these silly lollipop stick legs and these bony knobs where her ass should have been. It was ridiculous. The panties were pretty hot, though.

    My gym occassionally plays that show, and, interestingly, “Midwestern” is always the word I think about those girls, too.

    Comment by r* — 11/16/2005 @ 7:31 PM

  2. I vaguely recall seeing that Maxim spread, but can’t remember a thing about it (and I don’t feel like looking it up on Maxim’s site).

    I think it’s a bit ironic that stick-figures would win on on the show, when hostess Tyra Banks is more the voluptuous un-model (and no complaints about that). But then, it’s “America’s Next Top Model”, not “The Next Victoria’s Secret Lingerie Model”.

    Comment by CT — 11/16/2005 @ 9:40 PM

  3. That’s funny, I was thinking those girls weren’t really all that. Interesting to know what the real world model industry perception is.


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