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America’s Next Top Model 7: Why Megg is not a Top Modelby Jenn Brasler -- 10/17/2006
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Megg was known as the rock and roll girl, never hesitating to remind us that that’s what she was all about. She definitely had a big personality, and it made her that much more distinct than the other girls. However, her modeling skills just weren’t there. Megg was never the star of the group, and her personality didn’t seem to help her in any other areas of modeling. Despite being memorable, she just didn’t cut it, and the judges let her go. So where exactly did Megg go wrong? Perhaps the Top Modeling Tips can shed some light.
Tip #1 says that models should be open and welcome change. From the beginning Megg was open to anything that came her way. She was great in the very first photo shoot, even among girls who were nervous about posing nude. During the carnival shoot, Jay Manuel her to call upon the nude shoot, obviously considering it her best so far. Megg also enjoyed her makeover, and something tells me that she would have been happy with whatever she was given. She strikes me as the sort of person who can adapt to any and all situations (well, except maybe being on reality TV). Megg took everything in stride and had no trouble welcoming changes.
Tip #2 tells girls to know something about the fashion industry. Like with many of the girls, it’s hard to know what Megg knew about modeling before this experience. In her interview with RNO writer Phil, Megg reported that she hadn’t seen much of the show before she auditioned, and in fact, she was discovered on the Internet, so she wasn’t even the one who chose this experience first. She most likely didn’t know much about the industry before she decided to be on America’s Next Top Model. However, again, I think Megg would have learned quickly and been able to display her knew knowledge of the fashion industry easily.
The third tip says that girls should practice their walk. This is another tip that served Megg well. A.J. picked her to come to Texas and walk in a show, and beforehand, she got to practice her walk. Megg did well on that runway, and the added bonus was that she got some extra practice time that most of the other girls didn’t get. Though Megg didn’t do well in the cobblestone-walking challenge, she did well walking on a normal runway. I’m sure it also boosted her confidence, knowing that she got to walk in a real show before many of the other models.
Tip #4 tells models that personality counts. Of course, Megg had no problems in this department. She was always cheerful, always outgoing, and always ready for fun. Her rock and roll attitude helped prepare her for whatever she was faced with, including strange challenges and other experiences she had never had before. Most models aren’t considered “rock and roll,” but it worked for Megg. She always seemed to feel that the more outlandish, the better, so anything unusual that she was required to do didn’t seem that unusual to her. She almost acted as if she walks on tightropes and poses nude all the time! Thanks to Megg’s personality, everyone remembered who she was, especially the judges, which helped her stand out in a group of girls who could easily be hard to tell apart.
The fifth tip says that models should focus on themselves, not the others. Megg did well with this tip, too. Even with all of the Monique/Melrose drama in the house, she did her own thing (which was, of course, very rock and roll of her). She stayed out of the conflicts, which allowed her to stay focused on the competition and what she needed to do. Thanks to her personality, Megg also seemed to get along with most, if not all, of the other models (Melrose looked to be the only exception), which helped her stay out of any more conflicts and allowed her to focus on what she needed to do rather than what the others were doing.
The last tip says that girls should roll with the punches and not fight with the judges. As I mentioned before, Megg definitely rolled with the punches. Since she was up for anything and everything, she had no trouble adjusting to whatever was thrown at her. The only problems she had were towards the end, when she felt that the carnival shoot went badly. Her head and heart didn’t seem to be in the competition anymore. Still, up until then, she went along with everything easily and always made the necessary adjustments.
Megg followed most of the Top Model Tips, and yet she was still the fourth girl eliminated from the competition. Even her strong personality couldn’t convince the judges that she could be America’s Next Top Model. Like Megan, Megg did almost everything right and still didn’t succeed. That’s because she didn’t do the most important thing correctly - she didn’t shine enough in the photo shoots. No matter what she did well, she just couldn’t turn in an amazing photo, and the judges couldn’t forget it. Despite her personality and attitude towards everything she was faced with, Megg wasn’t good enough in the modeling department, and therefore, she’s 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 she’s a spy for a covert branch of the CIA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. Good luck finding another girl like Megg, casting people.
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