Thursday, March 29, 2007

JUST 'CAUSE: Now that Project Broadway is but a tear-stained memory, it's time to turn our attention to America's Next Top Model. I was initially kind of skeptical of this season cycle, as no one seemed terribly compelling. After this week, however, my faith is gradually being restored.

But first let's talk about Tyra. Tyra has a dream. She has a dream that one day in Los Angeles, with its vicious designers, with its magazine editors having their lips dripping with the words of anorexia and bulimia; one day right down in Los Angeles, little plus-sized girls will be able to join hands with little skinny girls as models and sisters. And this dream involves having not one, but two full-figured models on a cycle of ANTM. (Why is two a magic number? So that these women will have someone to talk to and feel their pain?)

As for the models themselves, I am kind of partial to Renee as the token "pretty girl" in a sea of Jaels. I also don't think she's nearly as bitchy as they're trying to make her out to be. As for Natasha the mail-order bride, she's an example of how you don't have to be nasty to make great reality television. Sarah is kind of a poor man's Cynthia Nixon minus 20 pounds. And then there is Jaslene, who epitomizes why I love this show. I can't stand her as a person, and she's not particularly pretty, but as a model she knocks my socks off. Ditto Brittany, although she is both less annoying and less photogenic than Jaslene. Tyra's dream team of Diana and Whitney are both lovely, but neither of them takes a good picture -- which provides the key flaw in the dream.

And who knew that clenching one's jaw is the secret to male modeling?

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