I have an obsession for America’s Next Top Model. Okay. There. I said it. I’ve seen every episode of every season at least two times (and some episodes in the range of ten times.)
I think it’s pretty obvious that I love competition. That’s just my nature. And, I’ve secretly always had this desire to be a model. Ridiculous, right?
Well, this may only sound ridiculous because society has put a body-type stigma on models. A model has to be at least 5’7″…I mean, that is the minimum height requirement to even tryout to be a contestant for America’s Next Top Model. (It was a sad day for me when the ANTM crew came to Kansas City this year and it wasn’t for a “short girl” season.) Society also has put a weight stigma on models. Models should be “thin” (in quotations for a reason) and if you are not “thin” then you cannot be a model or you could be a plus-size model, which from what I’ve seen looks pretty much like an average person.
Please don’t get me wrong…I am not putting down models or modeling in any way! I love models (especially this former one!), I can’t get enough ANTM, I drool while watching the Victoria’s Secret runway show every year, and I’ve always had the desire to be in front of a camera. What I am getting at is the fact that the world has created a stigma on how a model should look.
Which leads to our own body dissatisfaction.
My own body dissatisfaction.
I am grateful, however, that at this point in my life I have the knowledge and skills to understand that it’s just a stigma. I love all five foot three and however many pounds of me. I cannot change what God created to fit into a stigma that the world created…and I don’t want to anymore.
By golly, if I’m ever going to be on America’s Next Top Model, it will be because Tyra Banks has decided to do a season on girls of any shape or size or height or weight or ethnicity who cherish their bodies and who have a determination to change the world’s (yes, even the fashion industry’s) emphasis on body-types.
Tyra, are you reading this? (Mr. Jay…Ms. Jay…anyone?!) Hi, my name is Angela. I’m 5’3″ and want to be on your show! I will even cut my hair for you if you want…or dye it, or curl it, or even wear a weave! My husband might never talk to me again, but if it’s in the name of eliminating body-type stigma, then I’m in! I promise! Please and thank you!