America's Next Top Model 16.02 "Alek Wek" Review

As much as reality show contestants are derided for being petulant, immature fame junkies constantly searching for their next hit, there are often times when one will do something pretty darn thoughtful and surprise you. On Wednesday’s episode of Top Model, that person was Ondrei, a stunning 18 year old who had just lost her two brothers in the last couple of months. While most of us would still be on the floor, unable to move or face the world around us after dealing with such tragedy, the sensitive teen seemed to be soldiering on.

That is, until the reward challenge this week. This time, the seasonal acting challenge was moved up from its typical place around halfway through the season, as the ladies were meant to face their inner critics. We got the expected amount of tears and tough backstories (adoption, rejection, death, etc.), but while the other ladies seemed to take solace in actually verbalizing some things, the challenge more or less broke Ondrei’s spirit. Her segment was the toughest to watch because the hurt that she still had was quite palpable and you really just wanted to give her a hug for the duration of the episode. I was relieved when she decided that competing for a modeling contract wasn’t the right place to be at this point, especially because you hear so often of contestants on Top Model who make it pretty darn far and never model again. Seeing that she has strong support from her boyfriend was quite touching and she definitely left in a classy way. Read More...


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