This season was particularly inspiring for me. From the very start, I had my eye on one particular model who didn't fit the "mold". She is 6'2" and very thin. She has ears that stick out, and she is kind of shy. But one thing I have learned from watching the show is that true beauty is not a perfect face. It is that one flaw that gives interest to a face. This girl, Ann Ward, was kind of an "ugly duckling" in person, but something magical happens when she gets in front of the camera. I saw it from the start, and I rooted for her because she was the "under dog". She had been made fun of since she was a child. I could identify with her because I was an "ugly duckling" myself. (I'm still waiting for the swan part. lol) When it came to the final decision, I was sure they would choose the other girl because, as she herself said, she was the "whole package". She was a girl who knew much about fashion. She had more experience modeling. She had wanted this since she was a child. Her pictures were very pretty. But there was something mesmerizing about Ann's pictures. I felt it would be a terrible shame for Ann's special talent to be lost.
Having said that, I don't like what is happening in the industry. There is too much immodesty and sexuality shown. It's just not needed. We have gotten away from the anorexia of the past, and that look doesn't sell any more. In fact, one model who was on the show was dismissed early in the season because she was too skinny. But I still am unhappy with the lack of modesty in the industry. I wouldn't want a child of mine to be a model because of this reason.
But back to Ann. I want to show you how she is transformed in front of a camera. Here is a picture of her as she appears in her normal life, and then a picture of her in front of the camera. What I love about these pictures is that they show that beauty isn't cookie cutter. And watching the show has helped me to appreciate the beauty in every woman more.