Wednesday, September 10, 2008

America's Next Top Model: Top Models Really Can Come from Reality Shows

America's next Top Model premiered last week, and it's on tonight. i love the show and the drama, but i've read a couple of articles regarding the show and the lack of actual supermodels that come from it.

it got me thinking: do any of the winners actually ever go onto be super-models?

so far...notsomuch.

i did find an exception, but she didn't come from our ANTM, she comes from the other ANTM, Australia's Next Top Model.

the model is Alice Burdeu and she won season 3 of the show. i think we could officially call her a real supermodel-on-the-rise. here's why:

*since she won, she has been on the cover of Australian Vogue twice

*while in new york, as part of her Australia's Next Top Model prize, Burdeu was signed by Elite Model Management, which led to a variety of runway shows in New York Fashion Week Fall 2008, which included Catherine Holstein, ThreeasFour, Rachel Comey, Charlotte Ronson, Lyell, Proenza Schouler, Koi Swannagate, Tory Burch, Shipley & Halmos, Marchesa, Marc Jacobs, Rad Hourani, and Willow.

*Burdeu was successful at London Fashion Week, booking shows such as Luella, Giles Deacon and Christopher Kane. Milan shows included Moschino Cheap&Chic, Pollini, Daks, D&G, 6267, Jil Sander and Dolce & Gabbana.

*to date, Burdeu has done several shows in Paris for her first season (fall/winter 2008), including Anne Valerie Hash, Cline, Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Sofia Kokosalaki, Rue de Mail, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen and opening Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

*she was recently featured on's top 10 newcomers of fall/winter 2008, touted to be one of the rising stars of the high-fashion world and also on, an online website of Vogue.

*her profile has also been added to New York Magazine, strengthening the fact that she is one of the rising stars of the fashion world.

*Alice appeared in the fall/winter 2008/2009 ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana diffusion line, D&G, in london with top photographer, Mario Testino, and fellow models, Iris Strubegger and Martha Streck.

so it is possible to win ANTM and have a flourishing career (well, sort of...)

tell me: who has been your favorite contestant or winner from our ANTM?


photos: ny magazine,

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