Or at least that's how Andrea and I see it; no offense if you sincerely beg to differ.
Anyways. I could go on and on about the politics of representation in ANTM (and I'm sure I have on some level in the past), but the main point of subjecting you to this topic is that I've just marathoned my way through Cycle 17 that aired this past fall: the All-Stars Cycle.
Which, if you know ANTM and Tyra, you know that "all-stars" is synonymous for "whichever former contestants would agree to come on the show."
It’s one thing for a show like Survivor or The Amazing Race to do an all-stars season, but for Top Model—remember when these girls actually wanted to be models?
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It’s like people who graduate from college, and then stick around, finding ways to be involved as an alum (whether it's in your respective sorority or fraternity, or if you tried to give campus tours or be orientation leaders) or finding ways to keep writing for that college newspaper you used to write for or performing in those college theatre productions you used to be a part of or drinking regularly at the college pub you used to frequent.
In college, you may have been the big fish in the small pond, but once you’re out in the real world, you can’t keep going back to that pond. You’ve gotta grow and move on to the bigger ocean, and if you can’t be at the top out there, then find a way to make it work. If you keep hanging around your old stomping grounds, people expect you to be the kind of person they remember (the first All-Stars photo shoot was a rehashing of their “ANTM personalities,” and Bre was constantly fighting to prove to the judges she’d grown up and was no longer the crazy teenager they used to know), and where’s the growth in that?
It’s great for girls like Shannon and Bre and Lisa to get the exposure, but at the end of the day…where are they heading?