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I’ve seriously lost count. Somewhere after season 6 and Danielle Evans I stopped caring. But really, I was over it when Yaya DaCosta lost to Eva Pigford (come on, was there a single photo shoot she didn’t nail??!)—but I digress. Later on, I occasionally tuned in long enough to know that Jaslene Gonzalez was the first Latina winner, and Whitney Thompson was the first full-figured.

But after a while, it seemed like the show’s sole mission was to fill some sort of quota. Don’t get me wrong—I appreciated Tyra’s message. Young women of various backgrounds, shapes, and sizes, deserve a shot in high fashion. But was the show really taking these aspiring models somewhere?

Industry folk and viewers alike criticized the show for not producing any actual supermodels. While several of the contestants have gone on to appear in editorial spreads, ad campaigns, and even the big screen, none have actually reached “top model” status. If anything, the show has been successful at producing reality stars.

On the other hand, Tyra must be doing something right considering that the show is up to season, I mean cycle, 15. But every time I see a commercial for the CW series, I have to ask, is “America’s Next Top Model” even still relevant? Has it ever been? Or is it simply good reality TV? The catfights, the malfunctions, the panic attacks and the meltdowns. Are these elements the only reason people still eat it up? Or does part of us still want to believe that Tyra’s model utopia is more than a distant dream?

Do you still watch “America’s Next Top Model”?

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  • 1st I love this site and Clutch and I am delighted to have discovered these gems keep up the good work..

    2nd yes I dont care I still watch it and any reality show that has to do with fashion RTW or Couture I will at least give a chance to hold my interest. Its TV which as reading is my preference for me is solely a time to outside of History or PBS to give no thought. I enjoy their crazy antics fake accents and pretensions and LOVE the varieties of style gathered with all these shows … its Hilarious if I am home we watch and it gives me a great opportunity to speak with my 8 yr old daughter about cultivating her own self love by exposing the fakery …

  • The international editions of the show have had a much better go at producing top models. Fatima from a few seasons ago is doing really well, she rencently hinted at a cosmetic contract. I’ve also seen her in Elle, Marie Claire and IIRC VOGUE(american or italia).

    One reason most of the American girls don’t do very well is because most of them aren’t thin enough.

  • robbie when they pick a black girl, it is because she has some white features that they can work with.

    why why oh why do people keep saying this??? never before has there been so many flat nosed blk models working. chanel iman, sheena moulton, jeneil williams, kelly moreria and there are still a good number of models from Aleck Wek’s tribe/ethinc group who are being scouted AND DO WELL.

  • Cherish

    I don’t really care about ANTM either. It’s dead honestly. I mean, come on! These girls are on Seventeen magazine! That’s not real model material! They should be on Vouge or Glamour magazine or any other fashion magazine.