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LA Times' entertainment editor Joy Press says that the next season winner of America's Next Top Model will score a cover of Italian Vogue. Good grief! Is there no nook or cranny of the fashion world that is immune to the lure of reality TV?
The ramifications of this is pretty major. Though there have already been 14 seasons (!!) of ANTM, the show has yet to produce a, uh, successful, working model—never mind, supermodel. There are lots of reasons for this—most of which can be chalked up to the differing needs of model agencies and reality TV casting agents.
Does the new prize mean that Tyra Banks is actually going to be forced to find someone with real-world modeling chops and potential? Or is Photoshop enough to make any pretty girl an Italian Vogue cover star? It shall remain to be seen.
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