Top Model Alum Unrecognizable After Meth Addiction; Cycle 7's CariDee Blames the Show
CariDee English, Jael Strauss
America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss will appear on Thursday's Dr.Phil to undergo an intervention for her meth addiction.
In the preview, the model is barely recognizable after battling the addiction for the past six years. Strauss, who placed sixth in Cycle 8, appeared on the reality show only five years ago.
Cycle 7 winner CariDee English took to Gawker's comment section to share her thoughts on Strauss' illness, and she calls out Top Model for allowing an addict on reality TV in the first place. "Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise," English wrote. "They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television."
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In addition to discussing Strauss' illness, English also discussed her unresolved feelings towards the series. In particular, she claims the show doesn't help guide its contestants once the cameras stop rolling. "I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling business was like," she wrote. "I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture."
Although English's tirade says the show has lost its credibility, she insists she doesn't blame Tyra Banks for the struggles she faced after leaving the competition. "This isn't Tyra's fault. We are all capable of becoming anything," she wrote. "I am saying it would have been a good call to have some after show support... When it boils down to it, there is just not a place for ANTM girls to fit post-show."
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And English, who is still working consistently as a model, doesn't seem to regret her experience on the show overall. "It's not a curse, not even close," she wrote. "I chose to be on the show, and so did all the girls before me and after me, like Jael."
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