The Pretty Gene Can Only Get You So Far…

Watching this new set of faces was somewhat strange to me because I had become so used to seeing last year’s models, but I’m sure that as the season progresses and each of the girls reveals more of their personalities, I’ll grow attached to a few of them as well.

It’s too early in the game for me to decide who will be taking the crown, however, I’ve already picked out my favorites in this season of America’s Next Top Model.

There were a lot of surprises in the premier episode, but the best surprise was seeing Twiggy! I still cannot believe it and I’m still trying to figure out how they swung it. I believe Twiggy will provide another dimension to the atmosphere (somewhat toned down without Janice) and you can almost feel the change in the air. ANTM is setting the stage to become a major player on the UPN network and that’s a good move.

But what happened to Nole? Is he gone for good too? Or is this just a season premiere thing they have going on? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In any event, having Mr. J. Alexander as the stand in shouldn’t be too bad – he adds flavor to the panel.

Moving on to the models. Sarah needs help. Seriously. Yes she has a look about her, but when you look at her from different angles, she loses her allure and above all else – she cannot walk.

I understand that ANTM is all about creating wonderful models as the season progresses, but methinks they won’t be able to work out all the issues in Sarah before this season is over. I will be quite surprised if she even survives the next 3 elimination rounds. I agree with Tyra on this one, she needs to step up the confidence level if she wants to survive.

During their first photo shoot, Jay stole the words from my mouth when he told Kim she didn’t impress him. She didn’t impress me either, at least, not with that shoot. I love Kim’s look, she’s a sexy tomboy in my eyes, but as we later find out – the pretty gene can only get you so far in the modeling world.

In life, it is best to keep your mouth shut and appear the fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Ashley proved this by messing up herself after she so eloquently expressed my thoughts about Kim’s performance at the shoot.

Ashley is missing something for me – refinement maybe? But not all models need to be refined, but they do have to be chameleons. They need to adapt to their surroundings and Ashley didn’t seem to know how to do that, at least not very well. And that came out in the end when the judges dismissed her. Sorry, the pretty gene can only bring you so far.

So far, Ebony is one of my favorite models. She really didn’t do anything too impressive, either with the runway walk or the photo shoot, but she has this amazing look about her that doesn’t disappear if you look at her from different angles.

Jayla is gorgeous and is one of those girls you want to shrink down to china doll size and place on your mantle piece and she has a really great “come hither” look that I’m sure can get the blood of just about any man in America boiling. She also seems sassy enough to hold her own though.

Diane is working it for the bootylicious crowd, but her look lacks luster. She’s a beautiful woman, but she’s missing that special model quality that you’ll find on the runways of Milan and Paris.

Nik’s walk needs a lot of work too, but it’s no where near as bad as Sarah’s and she certainly has a great look. There definitely is some hope for her and if she opens up throughout the competition, she really can take it all the way home.

My top picks for this season of America’s Next Top Model are: Ebony, Nik, Coryn, Nicole, and Jayla. This may change as the season progresses, it’s still early and any one of the girls I left out in the cold may just surprise me and bounce up into the radar.

To get the full scoop and look over all the girls that made this season’s cut, visit the official Top Model website.

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Who Needs Cold Hard Cash? Pics Are Just As Good

It seems, that’s the mentality of some designers. Some designers consider the publicity of modeling their clothes or participating in their shows is the same thing as money. I wonder how the models feel about this because last time I checked, Zed cards aren’t free.

“Soon after I returned from the Femina Look of the Year contest in 1997 I got calls from representatives of various designers asking me to work for them for free in return for ‘a couple of pictures for your book.’ I refused then but it did not take me long to realise that this seemed to be the norm in the industry!”

For Sahiba Singh, who has worked with the likes of Ritu Kumar, Anju Modi and Meera and Muzzafar Ali, it’s simply a case of the supply being much more than the demand. She recalls, “Initially when I started modelling, a few known agencies and designers did ask me to model for them for free and I agreed a couple of times, before realising that I was being taken for a ride and refused. I guess every model goes through this initially. I have been told by coordinators that editorial shoots are not monetarily lucrative but they give the models immense publicity. I think this is unfair, for we are all earning our bread and butter by modelling.”

Continue reading “Forget the money!

In my eyes, unless you are Versace, Dolce and Cabana, or some other very well known designer, agent, or other well known in the modeling industry, prepare to fork out the cash and pay the the models.

Blogging America’s Next Top Model Season 5 and Beyond

You can be sure to look out for some new faces in season 5 of America’s Next Top Model — not only the models, but also the judges as Janice Dickinson will no longer be participating as a judge on ANTM.

The no-holds-barred judge with a tongue of acid is catwalking away from Tyra Banks’ model hunt after four seasons to pursue other interests, including a book deal and a stint on VH1’s Surreal Life.

Continue reading “Janice Exits ‘Top Model’

I’ve seen an episode of The Surreal Life and she looks psycho, I haven’t decided whether or not she will be missed.

You’ll also be noticing a new section of Another Model Resource when the new season of America’s Next Top Model begins.

To add a little spice to this website, a commentary and opinions on each episode will be posted here after the airing of each show in the series. These will be strictly opinion pieces and won’t be intended as actual advice (unless it says so).

Agency Desires Change From Season To Season

What the agencies are looking for varies from season to season and for many different reasons. If you don’t feel you have the look today, you may be surprised to find you have the look tomorrow, so it’s always important to remember — if this is your dream, never give up and have confidence in yourself. You may end up being the next Ashton Kutcher (or his female counterpart):

Over the years, Mary and Jeff have discovered exactly what their agency friends are looking for. But, like everything else in the topsy-turvy world of fashion, those sought-after looks can change from season to season.

“September 11th changed what advertisers were willing to pay for,” Jeff explains. “Before that, it was funky, weird, exotic, especially for editorial.”

Now, he and his wife say, looks are more mainstream and white-washed.

“They’re more handsome or pretty with an edge or twist, with really full lips and high foreheads,” Mary says.

The prime age for girls is between 13 and 22. For guys, age skews a bit older; guys between 17 and 25.

Continue reading “Finding the next supermodel at the mall

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