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Americaís Next Top Model 7: Why Megan is not a Top Modelby Jenn Brasler -- 10/04/2006
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I was disappointed but not that surprised that Megan was the most recent girl eliminated from Americaís Next Top Model. I thought she had a great attitude and was both calm and professional, and I liked that she didnít try to use her motherís death to get sympathy. I also thought that maybe she could make up for Kimís elimination, since I always thought Kim went too early in cycle 5. However, I wasnít surprised to see Megan go this early. Why not? Because of the Top Model Tips.
Tip #1 says that the models should be open and welcome change. (Now that weíve gotten to the makeovers, itís a lot easier to tell which girls follow this tip and which ones donít.) Megan already had short hair, so unless sheíd gotten extensions, there wasnít much the stylists could do with her hair length. But Megan did undergo a drastic color change by going blond. For some, that could be a difficult change to have to deal with, but Megan did well. In fact, she said she liked her new look and color. Megan definitely followed this tip.
The second tip says that girls should know something about the fashion industry. Itís hard to tell if Megan knew anything about the industry; Iím not even sure she had any modeling experience before appearing on the show. In the elevator challenge, she did all right, landing somewhere in the middle of the pack by doing okay with the makeup application and clothing choices. Still, I donít know how much Megan knew, so I canít really apply this rule to her.
The third tip tells the girls to practice their walk. Megan actually followed this rule, as did Michelle - we saw them practicing their runway walks in the house just after Christianís elimination. Interestingly, though Megan was one of only two girls we saw following this tip, she went home. Maybe itís because this weekís challenge didnít involve walking. If she and Michelle had practiced dressing and putting on makeup quickly, then running for an elevator, she might have had the challenge all sewn up.
Tip #4 is that personality counts. Megan had one of the more interesting (and heartbreaking) back stories of all of the girls this season, but that didnít necessarily mean that she had a personality. (If she did have one, she only had two episodes to show it anyway.) Though I liked Megan, I did find her a little boring. Though she never did anything outlandish like Monique and never caused problems with the other girls likeÖ well, Monique, she really didnít do much of anything. In fact, I would say that she was most memorable for looking like Kim. Thatís not something that will keep a girl in the competition.
The fifth tip is to focus on yourself, not the other girls. Megan did this well, avoiding all of the drama in the house. It must have been difficult to focus with all of the problems Monique was causing, but it didnít seem to affect Megan at all. She didnít even join in the other girlsí complaining. This coupled with seeing Megan practicing her walk indicates that she was very focused on the competition, not on what the other models were doing. Too bad that didnít help her turn out even better photos.
The last tip says that the girls should roll with the punches and not fight with the judges. So far most of the girls seem to be following this tip, and Megan was no exception. She seemed to listen to the judges and take in their advice and critiques. She never argued with them and never talked back to Jay at photo shoots, unlike some of her competitors. Megan remained professional throughout her short stay in the process, showing the other girls exactly how they should have acted.
But despite all of the things Megan did right, she was still eliminated second. When you look at all of these Top Model Tips, itís hard to tell why. She was professional, she went with the flow, and she focused on what she was doing. And yet the judges just didnít think she was right to be Americaís Next Top Model. This is where things get tough with the Top Model Tips - even when a model does everything right, she can still get eliminated.
I think that Megan suffered the most in that she was overshadowed by her competitors. There are a lot of strong personalities and loud voices this cycle, and itís hard for a normal, nice girl like Megan to stand out among them. This lack of standing out can be seen as a lack of personality, which is probably why I found her sort of boring. In addition, though Megan tried hard at her shoots and took the process seriously, she just wasnít a good enough model to really stand out, even considering her friendship with Michelle, one of the cycleís early front-runners. Even with all of the tips to follow, it comes down to the modeling itself. If you canít give a good photo, the judges wonít keep you around. Even though she did everything she was supposed to, Megan didnít pull it out in the shoots, and thatís why sheís not a Top Model.
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, Virginia. By day she works for a court reporting firm, and by night sheís a spy for a covert branch of the CIA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. Sheís scared to root for anyone else, since two of her early favorites are now both gone.
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