We were very sad to tell you yesterday that former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss is set to be on Dr. Phil tomorrow for a meth addiction intervention. The episode hasn’t even aired yet, and already there’s been a huge buzz around it — in the form of cycle 7 winner CariDee English voicing her opinion on the matter in a Gawker comment section.
Strauss’ time on ANTM was not without difficulty; on of her friends actually died of an overdose while the show was filming, so it was clear to viewers that she came from a background of either witnessing plenty of drug use or possibly abusing substances herself. But English, having been on the show and experienced the hardships that many former contestants face when trying to actually make it in the modeling world, brought an insider’s perspective. Here is an excerpt of what CariDee had to say:
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.
English also pointed out that being on the show may have exacerbated a preexisting problem:
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.
Wow. Like we said before, we certainly hope the ending to this story is a happy one. We’re glad that Strauss is getting some sort of help, even if it is from Dr. Phil. What do you think of CariDee’s comments?