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Alexandra MichaelI saw a post the other day about Alexandra Micheal and her speaking out against the fashion designers who are putting extreme pressure on the models to be unhealthfully thin in order to be able to work.

She told her story on a TV show, The Today show I believe, and how she was pressured to lose 30lbs by constantly being asked to lose a pound here and a pound there. After some time those pounds added up and she was down at 102 lbs and 5’9″… thats finally when they loved her look and she became the perfect fashion model. The problem with being the image of fashion perfection is that her hair began to fall out in clumps as her body ate itself in starvation.

That seems to be the time she realized she could not lose anymore weight because her career would be meaningless if she died.

Here is part of the thin model article from the modeling blog

When she started modeling, she was 5′ 9″ and 130 lbs. That is by no means skinny-model-thumb.JPGoverweight, that is actually thin. As her career took off and she found herself traveling for fashion shows, designers kept asking her to lose a few pounds. A few pounds for this show, a few more for that one and on and on. Finally, she realized she was 102 lbs. and losing her hair at 18.

“My kind of wake-up call was I was on a plane from Paris to Texas, which is where I’m from,” Michael told TODAY’s Ann Curry Wednesday in New York. “I ran my fingers through my hair and when I took my hand away, there was a dry, brittle clump of hair in my hand.”

I know many shows and some designers have taken a stand against anorexia but many others still are under the impression that the only way their clothing will look good is if it displayed on a walking hanger so that there is no possibility that a small curve in the body may cause an unflattering crease in the clothing.

The problem arises when regular teen girls buy those clothes and realize it does not look the same on them as it does on the fashion model and begin a string of diets so they too can have that just hung-on, crease less look.

Alexandra gained a few pounds and at 108 lbs., only a few more than the 102 she was previously(hair falling out weight), she was unable to get work in Paris as designers told her she was just too fat! 5’9″ and 108lbs? The look the designers are going for only seems to work in high fashion and clothing that covers most of the body. I just can not see how this super skinny anorexia look is appealing when more skin is exposed such as a swim suit. This picture below of a well known supermodel is very disturbing.

Here is Tyra Banks on the cover of Sports Illustrated from some years back, Tyra Looks great.

Its kind of sad that to model clothing some designers expect you to have one foot in the grave (and look it) or else. The designers must feel that the lack of body shape and the squareness of the bones makes the girls a walking hanger and the designers clothing looks flawless when hung with nothing underneath substantial enough to  give the clothes any other shape. Thats too bad. I mean clothes are there to be worn and not simply hung. Maybe the designers thinking is a bit reversed. Should it not be the woman who gives the clothing its shape and not the clothing giving shape to a walking stick that has none of her own. I guess when every model is a stick and identical, then they have no worries about fit. Fitting the model is as simple as hanging up the dress on a hanger.



Behind the scenes of Andrew Christian’s appearance on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency TV Show, featuring models Dominique Sharpe and Danny Nunez posing by the pool. Janice seems to be all about the underwear models. Actually, the show has many, many episodes of male underwear models at work and at play.



{April 8, 2008}   Clevelands Next Top Model

Here’s a show to give Tyra Banks and the ANTM crew a run for the money. These models are hot and can walk the sidewalk like no other except maybe their coach K. Tanner. Too Funny.

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So here is the youtube video of the final photo shoot from Wed. nights episode of America’s Next Top Model, hosted by Tyra Banks.

I heard rumors that this may in fact be the last season of this show, not sure how accurate that is. I really do like the TV show and it is still at the top of my Reality TV “top shows” list.

The contestants for cycle 10 of ANTM in the above photo shoot are

Aimee, 18, from Spanaway, Washington
Allison , 18, from Waunakee, Wisconsin

Amis , 20, from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Anya , 18, from Honolulu, Hawaii
Atalya, 18, from Brooklyn, New York
Claire , 24, from New York City, New York
Dominique , 23, from Columbus, Ohio
Fatima , 21, from Boston, Massachusetts
Katarzyna, 22, from Roslyn, New York
Kimberly, 20, from Worcester, Massachusetts
Lauren , 22, from Brooklyn, New York
Marvita, 23, from San Francisco, California
Stacy Ann , 22, from Hialeah, Florida
Whitney , 20, from Atlantic Beach, Florida 

This comes after Tyra’s Top Models got their makeovers a few weeks back. I love the model makeover they do in every cycle. Its great to see the transformations and… of course the hair cut drama from the models. I still gotta say, I  still can’t believe that there was a Top Model who left the show rather than chop the hair some time back… but the hair chopping reminds me of these cute child models below.

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Haha… here is Tyra Banks… again, with one of her righteous lectures. This time on the claim that she was getting a bit chunky. Well, I have watched Tyra’s weight go up and down as she appears on her TV shows, but, really, there is nothing wrong with gaining a few pounds and since she chose her own path to be “in your face” and in the spotlight as a Top Model, she really should not have an issue with reporter comments about her weight issues.

As, Tyra Banks should not be upset that the media comment on it. If she wishes to not be talked about, well then Tyra should give up her shows such as Top Model which are all about being unreasonably thin. When you make a name for yourself as the “Victoria Secret” superstar, don’t feel bad when people comment on you looking like Oprah nowadays.

And hey, considering Oprah is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world, I would not feel too bad about it..

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From youtube we get Tyra Banks flipping out… again. Everyone has probably seen Tyra Banks giving her famous “you must listen to me…cuz I know” emotional lectures to aspiring models on her show America’s Next Top Model, but here is Miss Tyra getting emotional in a lecture to Naomi Campbell. Naomi just kinda sits there starring at her.

It seems the two have an ongoing feud and Tyra Banks blames Naomi for things that happened in her career. It seems, Tyra may believe that had Naomi not been born, she may have been the Only black supermodel, hence, had a few more hit TV shows.

Tyra Banks confronts Naomi Campbell on one of her two hit television shows to bitch about Campbell trying to destroy her career.



In the year of reality modeling and talent shows, another pops up that involves kid modeling and child stars. They may be running out of ideas and hosts one would think after seasons and seasons filled with “Top Model”, “Project Runway” (which I love BTW) and “all the other Top Model type shows”.

tyra americas next top modelI also must mention that I watch “find me a mate” type shows, such as “Rock of Love”, “I love NY”, and “Flavor of Love”. I think the shows are just too funny as the casts involved try to convince each other and the world that they are there purely for LOVE and not stardom. No one ever mentions that these shows are cast through auditions and filled with wanna be stars and starletts. 1 season, cool… 2 seasons is understandable, but 3 seasons? come on now producers.. move on… that fool will never find Love. Actually, I watched Flavor of Love 3 last night.

Anyway, getting back to the Child modeling / talent show Reality series “I know my kids a star”.

The VH1 show is hosted by Danny Bonaduce. “I know my kids a star” puts parent against parent and child against child in a kid modeling / acting / talent competition to win the prize.

Do you want this guy to mentor your kids?

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Yep, not a typo, Danny is back in reality TV land again… this time he is back as a role model. Last time we saw Danny, he was angry, depressed, addicted to sex and drugs. So what better role model for the star struck youngsters than this aging, addict son, of a old hit series… the Partridge Family? Hey, I can’t think of a better role model… NOT.

The TV guy has this to say… Someone pick me up off the floor, Danny Bonaduce will have a reality series in which he mentors children. VH1 will offer “I Know My Kid’s a Star,” starting at 10 p.m. March 20.

Bonaduce will help identify standout child performers, then advise their parents on how to help the young talent. The eight-week series will feature 10 parent-child teams in an elimination contest.

Here’s the setup from VH1: “The kids will need to have talent, and the parents will need to have the smarts to navigate showbiz without ruining their child’s career or life. The realities of the business become clearer, as each week Danny will eliminate one parent/child team that just won’t make it in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.”

Gee, wouldn’t you rather watch a rerun of “The Partridge Family”?

I watched the show last night and found it to be in “very poor taste”… not that reality TV is ever in “good taste”, but it seems a bit cruel to put kids into a situation where they get humiliated on TV by the actions of their own nutty parents or by a horrible performance.

There is nothing wrong with ambitious kids and strong willed parents pushing them to success, casting calls and auditions, but unfortunately, the reality TV arena is all about controversy and stirring the pot. Without knockdown brawls in the “reality” house, the show is not much fun for viewers and getting kids involved in the backstabbing is GOING TOO FAR.

Other opinions of this ohh, so, so, so bad reality TV show…

Pity the kids on ‘I Know My Kid’s a Star’

The best hope for “I Know My Kid’s a Star” is that some viewers will think it’s so bad, it’s interesting.

But this competition among wanna-be child stars and their wanna-be stage parents isn’t bad in the kind of way where everyone can sit down afterward, put a few straws in a milkshake and have a good laugh.

It’s bad in a much creepier way.

At its worst, and “worst” is not just one fleeting moment, it’s cynical. It lures you in with the reassuring promise that it’s going to steer the contestants away from the snake pit of child stardom and then can’t wait to showcase painful scenes of overbearing parents and uncomfortable children.

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I am not alone here I think in thinking that the child model /kid talent / reality tv series hosted by Danny may be a bit unhealthy for kids who are serious about showbiz



Well Tyra Banks does for one on her Top Modeling show, America’s Next Top Model. I’ve watched the show for many seasons now and have heard her lecture many a top model wanna be about making sure the face always look pretty no matter what crazy thing the body may be doing.

Tyra may need to give herself that same lecture.



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