Tiresome Tyra

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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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  1. Mariam Sobh

    I don’t like Tyra nor do I like that Wendy Williams.. UGH they’re like the same people but on different extremes. Maybe it’s the wigs that they wear. Is anyone else creeped out by that? It’s like the new “in” thing. Wearing a wig.. and I’m not talking weave or hair extensions but an actual WIG. Bizarre!

  2. Nadia Malik

    Can you tell how much I truly hate Tyra? haha
    Yes, I totally noticed that Sadya. What’s the point of celebrating short models if you’re talking about how they’re elongating themselves all the time? It’s like saying to a plus-size model “You totally look like a size 2 in that picture.” It pretty much defeats the purpose.

    I honestly think that Tyra THINKS she’s doing the world some good. But she’s just dense, I think, and doesn’t realize how she really comes across. I guess it’s working to a certain extent, since I still watch her shows even though I think she’s insane.

  3. Jodi

    Just what I was thinking…RATINGS! I’m glad that Tyra and her shows do not define what beauty is for all of us. I don’t know what attracts us to this craziness sometimes. lol She’s a really pretty woman but I don’t know why she acts so immature at times. Well I guess with money you can act however you like…is that it? lol

  4. Mariam Sobh

    LOL this article cracked me up ! 🙂
    I’ve only caught bits and pieces of Tyra’s shows, but in general they freak me out. There are a lot of strange characters and it bugs me how she has a talk show where she “celebrates women” and then does this modeling show where she’s all about bringing up how someone is too big or too short etc. etc.
    ahhh well I guess it’s all just for ratings..

  5. Sadya

    Lol I totally agree… this show is ridiculous and yet I still always watch it.

    Tyra’s accents are ridiculous, I can never tell what they’re supposed to be. And I was also getting annoyed at her being full of herself thinking she was going to change the whole modeling industry..

    Also, did you notice how despite the season being all about celebrating short models, all the comments at the judging panel were about how “long” the girls looked and encouraging them to look as tall as possible? How is that celebrating/encouraging short models?

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