It seems that the fall TV season has begun, at least on The CW.
I haven’t had a chance to catch any new shows, what with it being Ramadan and all, but one show I did watch is America’s Next Top Model.
No matter how ludicrous it gets every season, I still watch the show. Especially this year, Tyra is really starting to grate on my nerves. First, she always talks with fake accents, and I will never understand why she thinks that’s a good idea.
She’s also always crediting herself with single-handedly changing the modeling industry, and she pats herself on the back endlessly for it.
This season, for example, is all about short girls. You’d think it’s the first time anyone has recognized that girls who are under 5’7” are still able to model.
Hilariously, there seemed to be an edict that the girls can only wear flats while not on a photo shoot, I guess to show how short they actually are.
While the show is about short girls, it seems that the season is really about finding the most outrageous contestants possible.
There’s the requisite Bible-thumper, a girl who doesn’t have a bathroom in her house (don’t ask) and the one who is just too full of herself.
And, of course, Tyra has a penchant for picking people who have tragedies in their backgrounds, which is fine, but I wish they’d cast based on actual talent and not personalities that may cause drama during the season.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for unusual. But this casting was a tad bit insane, even by ANTM standards.
The makeovers, on the other hand, were surprisingly tame. Usually there are sobbing girls, but the only drama this time was one who was mad about her eyebrows being bleached.
As much as I complain about the insanity of Tyra, I still enjoy watching the show itself. I guess you can’t help but get caught up in the drama of an elimination.
We’ll see how the short girls measure up this season.
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