The water, wobbly runway – whatever the heck that was. The moral of the story is that if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. I’m wild and crazy, but I’m not like, really down the next. And I think that’s very, very important to have in the modeling industry, because you’re going constantly.So you’ve learned to take the “class, dignity and respect” route. You were portrayed on the show as having a wild and crazy personality. You’re on, you’re going, you have to think of new things, you have to be innovative, you have to be creative.Cari Dee also addresses this particular issue in regards to the models’ tough professional careers after they leave the show with their “Top Model” titles: “I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And critics and industry love to give us all shit for not being the next big supermodel. 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. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM. I chose to be on the show, and so did all the girls before me and after me like Jael. and for anyone who can’t see this, look up instead of looking down at me, at us. I love to inspire people out there to go after what they want, let nothing hold them back. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise.We all have done well, and we all had to do it on our own. I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. Tyra wasn’t there when the cameras stopped rolling, nor did she reach out. (ARRRGG I feel deeply that I have contributed more, and have more to offer professionally in The Arts than someone being taped from the shore of Jersey) I truly did the show because I am a model…. (pun intended)The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. I do not regret anything I am so thankful I followed through with my decision to take that track to my dreams. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show.Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Hepcat): She’s here, she’s blonde, and she’s definitely on top! I tried out – I got the application from the Internet, and I drove to the Cities, and it was a process of elimination from there.Cari Dee English, a photographer from North Dakota, was crowned the winner of America’s Next Top Model. You say that you wanted to model when you were younger, but you had a skin condition that kept you from trying. I really liked the Circus Freaks – I liked how it came out. On the water shoot, you got hypothermia – this was all explored on the show.Of course I was worried that the designers were going to be mad at me, but I apologized. I’ve been in theater and acting before, and I know that anything can go on at any moment, and if it does you do not let it show. Were you surprised that you received so much criticism from the judges for the final runway show? A lot of people expect a model going on this show to automatically be great, but it’s a learning process. I’ll show everything because I’m not thinking, “this is SO important.” There’s a whole different motive behind it. What can you tell us about her that we wouldn’t necessarily know from watching her on TV? Her life as a cover girl Take a look at newsstands and you can find Cari Dee on the cover of (check out page 58 of the June 2007 issue to see Cari Dee modeling some supercute summer hairstyles! This year has been a total whirlwind for Cari Dee, 21, who recently landed a national ad campaign with JC Penney.Do you think she was just trying to psyche you out? She is so smart and so full of knowledge that’s even beyond her comprehension. She moved from her native small town of Fargo, ND, to Williamsburg, NY (a trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn).
I loved a lot of people, I got close to a lot of the girls, and had great conversations. We got really close during the time in Barcelona because…I don’t know! I saw her on the cover of a magazine, and it was beautiful and smart.
All they saw was a personality good for television. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.” Come to think of it, “Top Model” contestants do fall off the radar once they’re off the show.
Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. When was the last time you saw one of them strut a major fashion week runway or grace the pages of a significant editorial post-filming?
Everything happens for a reason.” It’s no secret that reality television shows frequently opt for wild, attention-seeking personalities — that’s the backbone of the entire institution, right? Obviously, Tyra can’t guarantee successful careers once models leave the show, but do you think she should have a responsibility to keep tabs on former contestants to ensure that they’re doing OK? She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no “Tyra Mail”.
But Jael’s meth addiction brings into question how much responsibility shows like this should have regarding contestants once they’re off the air. 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 was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture. Even though we just were named “TOP” our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. I feel accomplished, and I have turned the business of “Cari Dee” into one I am proud of and love.