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Bizarre gambits just to keep viewers avidly watching TV model tilts

/ 12:16 AM May 07, 2017

High-fashion models are supposed to epitomize perfection in beauty and sophistication, but some of the model discovery searches on TV quite ironically make a less-than-beautiful impression—because they subject their new discoveries to too many difficult and demeaning tests and challenges.

They rationalize their sadistic approach and “attack” by darkly observing that the modeling trade is cruel and heartless, so they’re merely “toughening up” their young and vulnerable wards so they can survive and succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of the bitchily beautiful.


Trouble is, the shows push their cautionary agenda too hard, reducing some of their ward-victims to defeated shells of their previously lovely and hopeful selves.

It’s also the height of irony that some of the “mentor-tormentors” are woefully deficient in the beauty department. How dare they pontificate about standards of glamour and sophistication when they are the very antithesis of their lofty and cruel pronouncements?


Envy and hatred

There must be envy and hatred at work here—but, their victims can’t protest and defend themselves because the snide and testy tormentors have the power all to themselves.

It’s also off-putting that some model searches have been on the boob tube for so long that they’ve run out of fresh concepts—so they’re now going for the bizarre and even the insane, just to keep viewers avidly and goonily watching.

One model tilt even thought up a “unique” and wackily weird fashion show that required contestants to model far-out creations—not on a horizontal runway, but up and down the side of a tall building!

That’s right, the poor models had to defy the laws of logic, reason and gravity by “walking” vertically or at least diagonally!

Even with the help of trusses, ropes, pulleys and such, the bizarre fashion show was risky and dangerous—and not in the least bit beautiful!

Other “extreme” gambits that haven’t panned out well include some TV model tilts’ inclusion of male contestants, some of whom have turned out to be even more “girlie” than the female bets.


Yes, male models are currently in demand, but they should have a separate tilt all to themselves, so oranges don’t have to be compared to apples—and cumquats!

On a regional modeling competition, the big turnoff was the tilt’s all too obvious ploy of generating viewership by upping its “controversy and conflict” ante.

Contestants were encouraged to bitchily “evaluate” each other, with many hurtful words painfully exchanged.

Again, this was rationalized by the alibi that models have to “toughen” themselves up, and to aggressively promote themselves in order to succeed.

But, does success have to come at such a masochistic and sadistic cost?

Nothing is worth being used, abused and degraded as hastily as that.

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