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Americaís Next Top Model 10 Ė Why Aimee Is Not A Top Modelby Phil Kural -- 04/01/2008
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Back to the ďAĒ girls going home again! Aimee was the fifth girl sent packing this season on Americaís Next Top Model, proving to me that it is truly unlucky this season to have your name start with ďA.Ē The judges said that they felt Aimee was too innocent to be in the modeling industry right now, and really needed some growth. Iím not sure if Iím buying that excuse, since when I talked to Aimee, she made it quite clear that her age was used against her several times. Could Aimee have lasted longer had she followed the Top Model Tips? Well, weíll find out in a second!
Being open and welcome to change is the first tip, and I think Aimee, for the most part, did a good job with this. She seemed like she really was there to learn and do well, and her makeover really did help her tremendously in her photo shoots, so I think Aimee didnít really have much to worry about in that respect. We did see her struggle some, when she admitted that she did not want to pose nude so that she didnít disgrace anyone at home. Since she didnít win the reward, we donít have to hold that against her because it never really came up. However, had there been a nude photo shoot, Iím not so sure that Aimee would have done it. She did seem a little naÔve, but you still have to be able to jump in there, strip down, and pose nude, if asked. The change that did come her way, though, it didnít seem like Aimee had any issues with, and adapted very nicely.
Knowing something about the fashion industry is the second tip. To be honest, I donít think this really came into play with Aimee. She admitted that she didnít have any prior modeling experience before she was on the show, yet the judges loved almost all of her photos, felt she had great skin and eyes, and never really told her that she needed to work on anything. For that reason alone, Iím not going to hold this tip against Aimee. Of course, it always helps to know what you are getting yourself into, and Aimee admitted that she wanted to be a model for a very long time. That makes me want to assume that she had a little bit of knowledge before being on the show, even though in her interview, she told me that her mom wanted her to wait until she was a little older to actually start. Again, though, Iím not going to hold this tip against her.
Our next tip says that you should practice your walk, posing, and working on your flaws. Every time we saw Aimee in front of the judges, they never really talked about any of her flaws. Instead, we constantly heard how much they were in love with her look, especially her skin. So I canít really say that she was working on her flaws or not, since the only negative we heard from the judges towards Aimee was that she was innocent and young. Thatís not really something you can change, so I wonít hold that against Aimee. I donít ever recall seeing Aimee working on her walk, but I donít remember her walking being that bad either, but it never hurts to practice. I do know that it wasnít a standout walk, so thereís always room for growth. We didnít really see much of Aimee as far as practicing or working on flaws, so this area could have used a little more effort.
Our next tip says that you need to have a personality. Personally, I think this is one of the areas that Aimee struggled the most. To be perfectly honest, I canít really tell you a whole lot about Aimee except that her parents are Mormon and that she was the youngest contestant this season. Thatís really all we ever got to know about her. She never really stood out in front of the judges, personality-wise, so there isnít a whole lot to say. I feel that Aimee would have stuck around longer had she made more of an impression on the judges, personality-wise. She was great in photos, but there was no real presence with her. I barely even remembered her until she was standing in the bottom two about to be sent home!
The fifth tip says that you should focus on yourself, not the other girls. Aimee was totally fine with this tip. Even when all the girls were fighting with Dominique and attacking her in her sleep, Aimee managed to stay neutral on the whole thing and didnít really add anything to all the drama. When I interviewed Aimee, she told me that she had been in one argument the whole time she was in the house, so you can pretty much conclude from that that she wasnít much of a trouble-starter. I think Aimee really was focused on herself, and the other girls didnít really affect her in the competition..
The sixth tip says that you should not fight with the judges and must roll with the punches. Aimee never fought with the judges, but never defended herself either. When the judges had a comment for her, or called her innocent, she should have at least tried and let them know that sheís not that way. Aimee never really went out of her way to stand out to the judges. Sure, she never fought with them, and she certainly did roll with the punches, but she didnít stick out to them either, other than knowing she has nice skin and takes a good photo. Thereís so much more to this competition other than taking good photos, and although Aimee did well in one area, she struggled in others. I would have actually liked a little more sass mouth from Aimee with the judges; that way we would at least have something to judge her on!
Our next tip says that you need to show the judges you want to win. Iím really on the fence here with Aimee. Although I do believe that Aimee wanted to win, Iím not convinced that she showed this to the judges. I think almost every judge questioned Aimee in the competition, and none ever felt like she was really in it to win it. She was pretty, but there was nothing making her stand out. Sure, she took great photos and looked good in person, but I never felt that Aimee went above and beyond to show the judges that she was there to win. It was clear to me when I spoke with Aimee that she was there to win, but it just didnít come across at all in the competition, and the second the judges find a good reason to let you go, they will. This could be one of the reasons that Aimee was sent home so early. Her shyness was looked at as innocence, and she was given the boot.
Showing confidence, not cockiness, is the final tip. I never felt as if Aimee was being cocky towards the other girls. She seemed to get along with everyone, she had her head on her shoulders, and she always took a good photo. Aimee wasnít overconfident, but I donít think she had all the confidence she should have had either. I know when you are young and surrounded by many outgoing people, sometimes itís easy to go unnoticed. Thatís exactly what happened to Aimee. Maybe she had all the confidence in the world, but it was never shown that way to us. She kind of just blended in with the rest of the girls until it was time for her to be sent home.
Personally, I think Aimee should have gone a lot further, and I would have liked to have gotten to know her a little bit more. Aimee took some really good photos, and it seemed to me that she really was growing in the competition. However, the judges had questions on her age, innocence, and pretty much werenít sure if she could stack up if she was fully in the industry. I actually sort of agree with them. After looking over the Top Model Tips, though, itís pretty easy to see that it was lack of confidence and personality in front of the judges that led to Aimeeís elimination. That is why Aimee is not a Top Model.
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Phil Kural is an office manager at a dental office, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. You can send feedback to him at email@example.com.
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