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September 10, 2009

ANTM Cycle 13

I watched.  I’m not 100% sure what I think yet.  I missed a bit at the beginning because I was making food.  I’m sure as the season progresses I’ll have more to say.  Especially after next week’s meeting with Wilhelmina.  Will be interesting.

Shout out to Sarah from Cycle 8 who came and hung out with us to watch 🙂

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March 5, 2009

ANTM’s Short Season: Trying Out?

A lot of people are pushing me to try out for Season 13 of ANTM.  Even my fiance is telling me I should go for it.

For those who don’t know, America’s Next Top Model Season 13 will be for models 5’7″ and under.  It’s Tyra’s warcry to short women everywhere that we too, can rock the modeling world, like Kate Moss and Eva Pigford!  RAWR!! :blink:

Anyway,I’m going back and forth on it.  So I figured, why not see what my tens of thousands of dedicated blog readers think?  So folks, now’s your chance to shape my future!  I’ve made a poll… just input your answer, and we’re good to go!  Of course, I might not base my decision on poll results, but it’s nice to see what others think 😉 So start voting!


February 22, 2009

ANTM’s “Short Season”

Thanks largely to Roger Talley and www.newmodels.com, I knew that, as a 5’3″ Caucasian woman, I had no chance of being famous, or even well-known as a model.  Of course, locally I’m pretty well-known, but that’s because I’ve worked my ass off to network and build a good reputation for myself.

Sure, I’d love to have my face all over billboards or in magazines, but really, who am I kidding?  I’ll likely never be in a local campaign, let alone a major one, and I most certainly won’t be walking the runway for any top designers in major shows, no matter how fun I think it is.  As I’ve noted before, it’s best to not assume you’re the exception.  I know that I’m most certainly not it.

Now, normally, this would all not be a big deal.  However, it has come out that the next season of America’s Next Top Model will be their “short season”.  That is, the show’s requirements are that models trying out to be on the show much be 5’7″ OR BELOW.  Don’t believe me?  Check out their website, and read the eligibility requirements PDF: Top Model Cycle 13 Casting

And while I have little interest in trying out for the show (although the prospect of being close enough to Nigel Barker to touch him is quite tempting), it’s kind of tempting.  However, the show will be taped from April-June this year, and I’m getting married in June… and have no desire to be on some reality show while attempting to plan my wedding and get things nailed down.

I do, however, have to wonder what they’re going to be offering these girls, and if they’re going to be taking girls who are way to short to have a career in modeling (such as myself).  The website asks that girls trying out for the show send in a VHS or DVD of themselves, and that that video must, “at least include you showing us your best runway walk.”

Runway walk?  Really? Are these shorties going to be walking runways like the past contestants did?  I can already hear the results of the go-sees… “the designers thought all of you were beautiful, but said you’re all just way too short, and wouldn’t book any of you”.

So, I guess the point of this post is, what could Tyra and CG possibly offer the winner of the “short season” of ANTM that would be realistic?  I can’t imagine the contestants who don’t make it (as they always seem to be the more successful ones) would be going on to work major campaigns around the world, or walking runways in Europe for top designers.  Unless, of course, they’re all exceptional.

Any thoughts on any of this?

(Side note, my fiance thinks I should try out, and seriously just said, “we could reschedule the wedding”.  He thinks the exposure would be worth it.  I think he’s nuts.  He also just informed me that he thinks Nigel Barker is attractive.  We will surely be talking more about this.)

December 17, 2008

A Bittersweet Blush Victory For…

If you haven’t seen the Blush finale, stop reading now!

The Blush finale aired.  I watched. Before I get to the winner…

Todd did, in fact, pass away.  There was a (very) brief “In Memory of” screen that came up, with Todd’s name and photo, at the end of the episode.  It was rather unsatisfying, for me, but in light of when he passed, and the fact that (to my knowledge) there’s no real info about why he passed, I think it was sufficient.  And I’m glad they touched on it.  As far as I can tell, there’s nothing “official” on the Lifetime website (though I’m sure there’s stuff in the forums there).

And now, the winner…

Nolan won, despite his mistake in the 3rd fashion show look.  I thought everyone did a great job, but actually agreed with the judges when it came down to it.  Maxi’s work was… eh.  I liked his second look with the white line, but wasn’t keen on the arrows at all, and felt the stenciled stuff was too distracting.  But the judges loved it all, and I didn’t really agree with that.  I did agree that Maxi was just too dramatic, and that caused unnecessary chaos.  However, Todd, unfortunately, lost it for some reason, and it was really disappointing.  Overall, his stuff just fell flat, and that made me sad (sadder still that I knew that he wasn’t with us anymore).  But despite that, he had huge–everyone says potential, but I say fuck that, he had honest-to-goodness talent–and you could tell that he truly loved what he did, and loved life.  He was radiant, and a wonderfully gracious loser.  That alone made you realize what a great person he was.  His passing is a true loss to the industry, and to everyone who knew him in general.  My heart goes out to everyone.

I imagine the airing of tonight’s episode was bittersweet for Nolan.  It’s clear he and Todd became close friends throughout the course of the show, and winning the show, followed by the passing of a close friend, a friendship that was the result of the show… I can’t even imagine.  I send many virtual hugs to Nolan, and to the rest of those who knew and loved Todd.

December 15, 2008

Todd Homme

Apparently Todd Homme, from Blush has passed away. I can’t find much info, but here’s what I did find:

  • A comment on the Blush website, supposedly from Nolan, sharing the news: Link
  • An article on Busted Daily sharing the news: Link

Not sure about anything else… not sure what the show will do, as it’s still in season, and frankly, I’m not even sure how true it is. Mayhem is down, so I can’t even verify info there. On Todd’s MySpace page though, there are no RIP comments or anything of the sort yet.

I suppose if I hear any other news, I’ll update.

If it is the case that Todd has passed, I hope he rests in peace, and that his family, friends and loved ones all find comfort.

If it’s not the case that he’s passed… I don’t even know what to say, other than the fact that I apologize for aiding in spreading such a terrible rumor.

I hope the latter is true… :/

EDIT (12/16/08): It does seem to be true that Todd has passed away 😦 This article was linked on Mayhem, and last night I noticed a lot of comments on Nolan’s MySpace page relating to it. Todd was apparently found dead by his partner, and no drugs or alcohol played a factor in his death. They’re still trying to figure it out. Such a shame. He was so talented, and really seemed to love life. I adored him on Blush. Rest in peace, Todd. My deepest sympathies go out to Todd’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues.

November 26, 2008

“Blush” on Lifetime

Last night I discovered that Lifetime’s show “Blush” is available on Comcast’s OnDemand. So I watched the first two episodes. And despite it being seemingly low-budget, on a TV station that seems to be missing the proper target audience mark, having models that can’t support the look for some of the competitions, and using crappy photography to “showcase” the final looks… I’m in love with the show.

I know it’s not necessarily the most realistic approach to makeup artistry, but it’s still a fun watch. The drama makes it a guilty pleasure, and the creativity makes it interesting. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it as I watch more episodes 🙂

My favorites are Nolan and Todd 🙂 I adore them. I also really like Maxi’s work, but am not impressed by his attitude.

I do think the talent on the show will continue to “improve”, as it did in episode two from episode one. I don’t doubt that the folks on the show area already talented, I just feel like the challenges presented (as well as the models and photography) haven’t given them a chance to properly showcase it.

But yea, expect more blogging on the show as the season progresses. For more info on the show, as well as a chance to watch full episodes, you can go here: “Blush” on LifeTime

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October 29, 2008

ANTM: She Shouldn’t Get to do That! She’s Atheist!!

Last week on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), one of the girls won the challenge. The reward for winning the challenge was getting to do a holiday-themed shoot for Seventeen magazine.

That really pissed off some of the other contestants. Why? No, silly, not because the girl won and didn’t “deserve” it, but because the winner was Atheist, and since she doesn’t believe in god/religion, she shouldn’t get to do a holiday-themed shoot. They flat out didn’t think it was fair that the Atheist girl was shooting something that was religious-based. As you can imagine, much bitching ensued.

Now, with this week’s episode coming up, I’ve decided it’s something that needs touching on. I’ve also decided that if Tyra didn’t talk to the girls about this, she’s dumb.

If a client is paying a model to do a job, it shouldn’t matter what the model’s beliefs are. She’s doing a job. Period.

Now, before you all get hollerin’ about exceptions, there are always exceptions. There are models who won’t wear fur, who won’t pose nude, who won’t use products tested on animals… the list goes on and on. However, if a model chooses not to do a job based on beliefs, that’s one thing. It’s a completely different thing for others to try to make those decisions for the model, based on their belief that something “unfair” is going on.

Life is unfair. Modeling is even more unfair. Get over it.

Instead of spending the energy bitching about how the winner was modeling for something she didn’t even believe in, those girls should have been figuring out why they didn’t win, and should have been working on improving themselves as models.

But of course, if they did that, ANTM wouldn’t have a show, would they? 😉

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