Is 'America's Next Top Model' More Important Than the Nobel Peace Prize?
Is 'America's Next Top Model' More Important Than the Nobel Peace Prize?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
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By Susan Young, Film.com

And the survey says…almost 25 percent of women 18 to 34 polled would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize.

Well, they probably figure they can always grab that prize when the blush is off the rose, so why waste the beauty years, right?
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Oxygen Media released the study, conducted by TNS, about how women 18 to 34 – which just happens to be a prime TV demo – related to outer beauty versus inner beauty. It’s an idea explored by Ashton Kutcher’s CW reality series Beauty and the Geek, and more recently in the painfully boring ABC show True Beauty, which came from power pretties Tyra and Ashton.

I think Tyra’s been pulling her show contestants from the poll’s 25 percent pool who said they would rather be thin than smart. How else do you explain creepy ANTM’s Allison, who actually said “Jealous!” when Tyra revealed she got nose bleeds.

Big-eyed Allison, you see, has this fascination with blood.

Even more women polled - 26 percent - said they would make their best friend fat for life if meant they could be thin. That sounds like something ANTM’s Sandra might say considering she has run her spiked heels over almost everyone in the competition as she tries to be on top.

The good news is that of the 2,000 questioned, 75 percent said they’d shave their heads to save the life of a stranger. Of course, contestants on glamor shows and even The Amazing Race have done just that to be first across the finish line.

Who can forget teary Joyce taking one for the Uchenna/Joyce winning TAR team back in ’05?

Vanity scored high with the young women surveyed, which brings us to some of the most traumatic times for models, whether it’s America’s Next Top Model or Make Me a Supermodel – the snipping of the hair.

While we have a low tolerance for whiners in general, nothing seems more irritating than a model who weeps over lost locks. Don’t they listen to The Goddess of Fierce when she says you have to be flexible as a model? Change the pose, girl. Snap out of that comfort zone.

Most of the time, Tyra knows best. Don’t get us wrong, she’s burned a few pancakes in her time especially when she starts experimenting with weaves. But for the most part the models have walked away looking much more stylish after their make-overs.

Hand it to Miss T. She may have a loose grip on the reality wheel when it comes to her acting talents, but she knows modeling. Still, after a chat with Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel contestant C.J., we could see how the clip jobs could put the hurt on your career.

The 18-year-old just started modeling last summer and by fall she found herself taping the Bravo show in New York. C.J. quickly became the show’s villain, which bothered her a little although she admits she’s not a “people person.”

But what really chapped her was when they decided to chop and color her naturally blond luxurious hair.

“I didn’t mean to come off as ungrateful,” C.J. says in a phone interview about her onscreen meltdown. “I’m not that much of a nut case. I don’t hate people with brown hair, it’s just that the agencies know me for my long blond hair and doing this really screwed me over.”

Actually, C.J. made some good points about how the changes impacted her.

“It’s a maintenance issue. If you want to keep it, then you have to keep up with it and if I want it long and blond again, it takes time to grow back into what I had before,” C.J. says. “And then I had all this money into portfolio pictures that I couldn’t use any more, so I had to get new pictures.”

Ah, beauty. Maybe it is easier just to go for the Nobel Peace Prize after all.

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(Image courtesy of Bravo)

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