I know, shocker right? A modeling show completely based on appearances plays a disturbingly huge role on what society sees as beautiful and vamps this image constantly. OH MY GOD I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! (insert eye roll here)
To be completely honest this is a rant. A rant that has been…
I completely agree with everything you just said… But there’s a critical flaw to your theory. The show is called AMERICA’s Next Top Model… and by adding things like social media, and the first season of guys, Tyra has given AMERICA the chance to speak. No longer is it about who Tyra, Miss J, Twiggy, or Nigel think has the most talent. It’s in America’s hands now. The social media option really changed the show. I agree with you personally, because I personally feel the old panel of judges, and the TALENT based competition made for a fascinating show. That being said though, it was definitely unique to see how far some of these contestants came, aided by social media. Yes, AMERICA ultimately voted for the typical blonde (in this case fake blonde) beauty this time around, BUT, for the FIRST time in ages, that typical beauty really got a run for her money. Since when has America openly embraced a gay man like Cory? I’m beyond disappointed that he didn’t win, and I feel he deserved it, but just look how far he made it! Look at Marvin… Look how far he made it too! He isn’t your typical skinny blonde either. America may still be struggling with sexual orientation, stereotypes, and broadening what we as a country call beauty… But I think things are really starting to change, and I feel ANTM 2.0 kind of reflected that change. I applaud Tyra for having the guts to change up her brand.
And don’t give up on America just yet. I think there’s a lot of great change on the horizon, socially.