It’s the season finale of America’s Next Top ModelCycle – oh, who knows. BrittaniKline, the trailer park queen from rural Pennsylvania and Molly O’Connell the angry, blonde adopted southern girl are the finalists. The finale takes place in amazing Morocco where the girls are filming their CoverGirl commercials then taking their CG glamour shots, shooting for Italian Vogue, and finally walking in a Vivienne Westwood fashion show. Tyra Banks has outdone herself this cycle!
The girls are meet individually with Ivan Bart, president of IMG models, who will be signing the winner of this cycle. He, predictably, likes both girls and notes their positive attributes, not giving away which one he would personally choose. Afterwards the girls meet Mister Jay Manuel to film their CoverGirl commercials for Liperfection Lipstick shot by Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari.
Unlike previous seasons where the commercials were straight up disasters with no one being able to remember their lines or demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of ANY language, this year’s were pretty seamless. Brittani is rocking a serious femme fatale look, but while filming the commercial her self-confidence starts getting the best of her and she begins to cry – again! I think she has cried more than any other contestant in ANTM history. She needs one of those wristlet tissues cases old ladies carry to sop up all the impromptu waterworks. Once she sorts out her emotions and relaxed she actually did an amazing commercial highly praised by Mister Jay.
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Former Supermodel/Newly Fired ANTM Judge Paulina Porizkova gave a new interview, and she did not hold back when speaking of Tyra Banks and the Top Model franchise. Paulina accused Tyra of constantly being late to the set, and even accused the show of casting girls solely for the drama and not for their modeling abilities. The best quote of the interview – “Go to Top Model only if you don’t want to be a model.”
So Paulina is basically saying what we’ve all been thinking for years, it’s safe to say none of the ANTM winners have gone on to become “Top Models.” Below are some excerpts from the interview -
What did you think of Teyona’s win?
Well, I was there. I had a hand in it. But you know what? Honestly, now that I’m off the show I can actually say it. I didn’t vote for Teyona.
Who did you vote for?
Allison. Well, I’m not going to name names. But two of us voted for Allison and two of us voted for Teyona and one of us had to cross the line over to the other one.
Of the three finalists, who do you think is the most likely to have an actual modeling career?
None of them.
Really? That’s sad.
I know. I’m really very sorry. But they’re not models. Look at the history of Top Model. When has a winner not fallen down into that great big hole where the other sock goes? When? That’s because you can’t pick models from a TV show. Those tall, long giraffe things that don’t really look real are rare freaks of nature. And finding a freak of nature with a personality, that’s like finding a double freak of nature. So you’d have a TV show once every 10 years.
You announced this week that you aren’t coming back.
I didn’t announce that. I announced that I was fired on my birthday—April 9th They timed it beautifully.
Why did they let you go?
Well, they said that Top Model needs to trim the fat. So they cut me. It came as a little bit of a shock. I was a little upset that I was fired roughly four weeks before the new season was starting. I was being told to go have a physical for the show and then I got fired. I think they could have done that better.
Actually a lot of my friends from the show got booted, too. Makeup and hair people. And I shouldn’t say this because this sounds bitter. But if Tyra came in on time, they would save somebody’s salary. If she actually showed up on time for the judgings and they didn’t have to pay a lot of overtime, they would save a lot of money.
Do you think you did something to bring this on?
I did get pissy about Tyra being late a couple of times. I said, “I don’t think that’s right.” And they told me I had a big ego. So maybe that had something to do with it.
If they ask you to come back as a guest judge would you go back?
No. I think there’s a little too much bad blood. I mean I don’t wish them ill. But do I want them to blossom without me? No. I’m not going to lie.
Do you have any advice for future auditioners?
Yeah. Go to Top Model only if you don’t want to be a model. These girls want to be models so desperately. And the fact is the show is not even looking for fashion models. They’re looking for personalities. It’s a Cinderella story. But [many of] the girls who succeed on the show won’t succeed [in the industry] because they’re not models. I have become friends with some of the models on the show and they actually have lost jobs when it came out that they were on America’s Next Top Model, because the fashion industry will not touch those girls with a ten foot pole.
So they have to hide the fact that they were on the show?
Yeah. And if you’re a winner you can just flush yourself down the toilet. Unless you marry a Brady, in which case you have a career.
But some of the models, like Ya-Ya DaCosta, have found showbiz success.
Yes. Some of the ones who did not win have done much better than the winners for sure. But none of them have approached top model [status]. Out of the girls that we had this season: I think Aminat might have a future in shows because she’s a terrific walker, she has a great body, and she’s very tall. But that’s the closest anybody’s going to get to fashion.
A lot of young girls look up to the show and it really hasn’t produced a top model.
They haven’t and they won’t. And now they’re doing the short girls. Like that’s ever going to catch on in fashion. It might be terrific TV. But it’s not about reality.
What are your thoughts on what Paulina had to say? Do you think the “Top Model” winners stand a chance?
Another day, another judge gets the boot from America’s Next Top Model. The latest judge to get fired is Paulina Porizkova. Paulina confirmed on Tuesday’sLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she will no longer be on the show, “Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles … because I am looking for a job. I was fired by America’s Next Top Model on my birthday [April 9].”
The 44 year old ex model claims she got fired over the phone, “The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed that America’s Next Top Model has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat, and the fat was me,” she says.
The CW also confirmed she is no longer with the show.
A group of aspiring models showed up for last week’s America’s Next Top Model auditions in New York last Saturday but do any of them really stand a chance at being the Next Top Model?
According to the NYDailyNews, the answer is no. Their sources claim Tyra Banks and the ANTM producers choose at least some of their contestants at private tryouts and that the open cattle calls around the country are mostly just publicity stunts.
A rep for the CW network declined to comment, while another source claimed, “The producers had already picked some of the girls they wanted in private meetings. They had to sign agreements promising not to reveal how they were chosen.”
Aspiring model Dehea Abraham who flew from Atlanta for the March 14 open call was told by a friend that she didn’t stand a chance. “My friend is a dancer who’s represented by a talent agency that also handles models,” says Abraham. “Someone from the show saw her MySpace page and invited her to a secret pre-audition. My friend doesn’t really want to model. But she figured she’d try it out. She had to sign a confidentiality agreement.” Dehea continues saying, “When I got to New York, she called me and said, ‘Please tell me you’re not in New York City. You’re wasting your time.’”
Another aspiring model Dionne Sherrae, who injured her shoulder in the March 14 fiasco, says she’s “not surprised” to hear that the 13 girls who get into the Top Model House may not all come from cattle calls. “You never hear about people saying, ‘Oh, I stood in line next to that girl.’” Must say she brings up a valid point.
America’s Next Top Model has announced it will be holding an open audition in New York this Saturday. This comes a month after the previously held auditions had to end abruptly due to a riot that broke out.
The Cycle 13 casting call location has yet to be confirmed but will be posted on the CW’s website later this week.
The rules and guidelines for this casting call are a bit different compared to past seasons. For the first time in the show’s history, only females aged 18 to 27 with a height requirement of 5’7″ and under are eligible.