By Ann Lauren: America’s Next Top Model no longer has any petite models on the show! Much to my chagrin the last remaining true petite model 5’5″ Jennifer didn’t make it into the top two (as I had predicted). It is interesting how this has transpired considering Jennifer has never been in the bottom two and was in a dead heat for challenge wins with Nicole. At this juncture in the show the top two talents appeared to be Jennifer and Nicole. Unfortunately, as sweet and Rachel Hunter-esque as Laura may be she is not commercial at all, which she will need to be at 5’6″ to earn a living as a model. Maybe Laura will be sent to a voice coach and put through commercial training and then she’ll be complete.
ANTM: THE BREAKDOWN
The show started out quite entertaining with the Hula dancing segment, although it may not have been relevant or useful for those pursuing a career in modeling. In this week’s shoot, Jay was not supportive to Jennifer at all which was a departure from his typical praise of Jennifer’s talents. He immediately signaled to the models a reminder that they are still just not tall enough. From that moment it became clear that Jennifer was not going to be in the in the final two. Nicole looked outstanding as usual. She’s has a fashion forward look and at 5’7″ was my dark horse competitor. Erin was very disappointing in her photo shoot performance this week, while Laura rocked it like Rachel Hunter’s twin sister! Don’t get me wrong, I think Laura’s a doll, but she does not seem to have the qualifications or potential that Jennifer offers.
THEORY: NO PETITE MODELS WANTED
I have presented extensive commentary on this site about the inevitable demise of the truly petite contestants. In the article “America’s Next Top Model Misleads Petites” we discussed the inconvenient truth that Wilhelmina Models does not represent petite models! ANTM’s double elimination episode with Wilhelmina Models President Sean Patterson was pretty clear about the lack of interest in petite models and in that episode he eliminated 5’4″ Rachel “big eyes” for lack of height personality. ANTM was undoubtedly heading in a bad direction and clearly “Wrong For Petite Models”. I am surprised that 5’3″ Sundai was not eliminated on the Wilhelmina episode as well, but I guess she was still one of Tyra’s pet petites at the time.
Antm escalated next to the “Make Me Tall” episode, which was rife with ridicule and negative commentary on the downside of being short. Miss J and a some ten year old critiqued the petite models on their runway presentations. The show was a spectacle and an insult to petite women, culminated in a runway event with amazon models walking next to petite models.
ANTM AND WILHELMINA MODEL AGENCY DECEPTION There is a clear deception being perpetrated by America’s Next Top Model and Wilhelmina Model Agency on hopeful petite models. In an off the record discussion with a Wilhelmina Model agent Bella Petite learned the hard facts. Essentially, it was confirmed that there is not a specific agent representing the winner of ANTM since they don’t have a petite model division and have no future plans for such a division. The contract awarded by WMA to the ANTM winner will be non-exclusive. It’s a sham deal for the winner. In fact, never in WMA history have they booked a job for a model under 5′8″, unless she was 14 and even then she was 5′7″. In addition, this WMA agent was not hopeful for any real marketability of a petite model in the fashion, editorial, commercial or parts modeling print industry.
SOMETIMES I HATE IT WHEN I’M RIGHT
Absolute poppycock! I am most disappointed in myself for buying into the idea that ANTM was going to be a positive vehicle for the promotion of petite models and fashion. Afterall, I have done the research, gathered the facts and written about them all season. From the onset I predicted the winner would likely be 5’7″. Tyra Banks should get an award for perpetrating a great fraud on petite female viewers worldwide whom tuned in expecting to see actual petite models represented. Boy did they ever capitalize on our viewer-ship. Now there are no petite models, so what’s the angle?! There are no “shorties” left for Tyra to make fun of!
FINAL FOUR MODELS
ANTM SEASON FINALE: TUNE OUT
I know many of you petite ladies will join me in missing the ANTM season finale. Why bother, when there are no PETITES left to watch! Let’s teach Tyra a lesson about how passionate the real petite audience can be. I’d like to say we will be covering the winner of America’s Next Top Model “shorty” season, but with no petite models, what to do… We only feature petites, no amazons allowed!
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