'ANTM' Winner Blames Show For Model Meltdown
September 13, 2012
The America's Next Top Model-loving world was shocked when Dr. Phil revealed cycle 8 contestant Jael Strauss would be featured on an upcoming episode of his show now that she's sunk deep into a meth addiction.
But perhaps even more shocking are statements cycle 7 winner Caridee English left in Gawker's post about the terrifying trailer, featuring Jael's unsettling new look.
She writes, "Tyra [Banks] won't do anything. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no 'Tyra Mail' I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. … I am not complaining, I am simply defending. I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, it's horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models. I am sure the show lost its credibility in producing a top model somewhere btwn making 3 cycles a year and posing on roller coasters. Tyra wasn't there when the cameras stopped rolling, nor did she reach out."
And while Caridee never outwardly says Tyra is to blame, she does place some blame on ANTM itself. "Now this isn't Tyra's fault.. we are all capable of becoming anything... I am saying it would have been a good call to have some after show support," she writes.
"Poor girl. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason."
Check out the trailer for Jael's Dr. Phil episode and click here to read Caridee's entire post.