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America's Next Top Model?

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As I’m sure you know, the real next top model will never be discovered through a silly reality show. (Not that I don’t enjoy watching silly reality shows sometimes…) The girl that will actually be the next top model is likely living in New York right now in fact. She’s sharing an apartment in the East Village with 3 or 4 other young models – a model apartment owned or rented by her agency. She might be represented by a top agency, but having booked few jobs, will likely have little money…so when she’s not doing test shoots or meeting with her agent or going on go-sees, she goes to the movies with her boyfriend or shops at American Apparel or goes out to Rose Bar or Beatrice if someone else is buying the drinks. She’s someone a lot like the stunning Michelle V. – one of my favorite new girls. I see these girls everyday and it always brightens my day. Yes, they are beautiful – but that’s not what I’m talking about. What’s exciting to me is just how “New York” the whole model development system is…for me these girls embody the promise that this city holds. Most jobs, in most cities, offer only drabness and mediocrity – no shocking lows and few highs. When I see someone like Michelle though I think, “One-way bus ticket back to Ohio or flight to Paris to shoot with Mario Testino?” Sure booking a huge job is great…but it’s a beautiful thing just to have the opportunity to book it…even if you are sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the East Village…even if you end up back at home tending bar or taking college courses…at least you had a shot at doing something glamorous with your life. She’s been handed a lottery card that hasn’t been scratched off yet…and I hope she realizes just how damn cool that is. Good luck gorgeous. xx eddie

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