'It's horrific… No one takes us seriously': Former America's Next Top Model winner slams Tyra's reality TV hit
14:30 GMT, 13 September 2012
A former winner of America's Next Top Model has slammed the hit reality show after it was revealed that a past contestant has developed a meth addiction.
CariDee English, 27, who won the show's seventh season, has told how the experience has impacted
her mental health and despite being crowned 'Top Model' she's
struggled to get people in the fashion industry to take her seriously.
He comments were made in response to a forthcoming episode of Dr Phil which details how ATNM alum Jael Strauss has spiraled out of control since appearing in the popular series.
Disappointed: America's Next Top Model winner CariDee English pictured with the show's creator and host Tyra Banks
Ms English said that she was disappointed with the support that is offered post filming and in particular with the show's host and creator Tyra Banks.
Addressing Ms Strauss' health situation she wrote on Gwaker.com: 'Tyra won't do anything [for Jael]. She
provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their
dream, but after there is no Tyra Mail.
'I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling business was like.'
Despite it being six years since she won the modelling contest, Ms English says that he still struggles to get people in the modelling world to take her seriously.
Shocking: Jael Strauss, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model (left) has spent six years struggling with drug addiction since she left the show (right)
'We became instant celebs, but had the
portfolio of a rookie model.
'Even though we just were named 'top' our
place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom,' she added.
Before appearing on America's Next Top Model, Ms English worked as a photographer, and was also an actor in a sketch comedy group based in Minnesota.
Despite criticizing the show she says she has no regrets about signing-up for it.
She said: 'I chose to be on the show, and so did all the girls before me and after me like Jael.
'I do not regret anything I am so thankful I followed through with my decision to take that track to my dreams.'
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