Show of hands, please: Who watched the cycle premiere of America’s Next Top Model last night?
I didn’t. But I did just spend more time than I’d like to admit trying to figure out whether or not the episode is cached on the CW website. I have an excuse—and so do you, if you’re looking for one. We’ve got a Seattleite to keep track of.
Ebonee Davis (Tyra and company have her has Eboni—not sure what’s up with that) is a local talent with Seattle Models Guild and one of 14 girls submitting to Tyra rants and reality show editors in an effort to boost their careers.
I chatted with the Central District native yesterday and asked her if, at the onset of the show’s taping, she wasn’t a little dubious about prior top models and their post-show track records. My point being: We haven’t actually seen any ANTM stars catapult on to Chanel runways or Vogue pages.
‘They didn’t have modeling experience or the background to fall back on,’ said Davis of the show’s past-season where-are-they-now candidates. ‘They don’t see that the experience of the show isn’t correlated to the real world of fashion modeling. I was modeling before the show, I already had career before I went on the show,’ she continued, relating that she feels prepared to use the irreality to further what she’s already got going on (clients in Miami, at Nordstrom, and local shoots with our friends at Jenesequa).
Okay sure. And I hate to be a be a total naysayer, but man, if you’re not dubious about what the show can (or more likely can’t) yield in terms of high-fashion career opportunities, you have to be dubious about what what the irreality can yield, no?
‘Initially, that was one of the concerns,’ Davis told me. ‘I already have a career and I didn’t want to jeopardize it, but everyone knows that reality TV isn’t necessarily real. They can make anyone look any kind of way. I hope they don’t portray me in a bad light but if they do I believe people in the fashion industry will understand that it’s not necessarily a [reflection] of my ability.’ Which to me suggests that we may see Ebonee in some situations this cycle. The trailer for the makeover episode strongly suggests a situation.
I also checked in with Davis’ agent and my contact at SMG, Andrew Burkhardt. ‘I think Ebonee came through it pretty well. I think it can be a good experience, but only if they have a really strong sense of self. Otherwise, it can be pretty traumatizing—all that drama.’
Exactly. All that drama—isn’t that why we watch in the first place?
Are you tuning in to ANTM anymore? What do you think of Davis’s shot of ending up on top?