Yesterday (September 12th), Jezebel reported that former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss is battling meth addiction. The side-by-side photo of her face now vs what it looked like back in the Tyra day breaks my heart a little bit.
Tyra won’t do anything. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no “Tyra Mail”. I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. … I am not complaining, I am simply defending. I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models. I am sure the show lost its credibility in producing a top model somewhere btwn making 3 cycles a year and posing on roller coasters. Tyra wasn’t there when the cameras stopped rolling, nor did she reach out.
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Poor girl. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason.
Things are bad. Strauss appeared on Dr. Phil today, confessing that she’s been addicted to meth for the past five years. Strauss was filmed running through the Paramount Studios lot, which Dr. Phil chasing after her.
Meanwhile, Banks is currently making the rounds at New York Fashion Week. She sat next to Ryan Lochte at one show today (September 13th), and watched Marchesa’s Spring/Summer 2013 Presentation yesterday alongside Kim Kardashian and Stacy Keibler.