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    Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Chime in if you have noticed conventions and stereotypes on ANTM:

    Conventions

    1.) candidates must cry at panel

    2.) candidates must wear high heels at panel

    3.) Tyra must show concern about body image, but the winner is thin.

    4.) casting must always include a token gay, a token bitch, etc.

    5.) one contestant must say she is not there to make friends.

    6.) one contestant must have her hair shaved off and be scolded by Tyra for hating it. This contestant never wins.

    7.) intelligent contestants are taken down a few pegs and then eliminated.

    Stereotypes

    1.) gay men in fashion are drag queens (Miss J)

    2.) the black woman with an attitude (fill in the blank, all cycles)

    3.) the outsider (Renee)

    4.) the nut job
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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    The camera loves one model each episode! Sometimes it will love more than one!

    Stereotypes:
    The Crazy Party Girl: (Brittany C4, Jael, Lisa C5)
    The insecure black bitch: (Camille, Bianca)
    The know it all: (Mel Rose, Renee, Elysse)
    The Cinderella Story: (Shandi, Heather, even Furonda)
    The lovable black girl: (Cassandra, Danielle)
    The Jade: (Jade)
    The Tyra Look-alike: (Felicia, Kesse, Saleisha)
    The Jolly Plus-size: (Whittney, Tocarra, Sarah)
    The Shy Girl: (Kahlen, Sarah C6, Samantha)

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    One thing that I always felt was a stereotype on ANTM was that plus size girls had to have "plus size personalities".
    "Ann and Eva... That was just gay!" ~ Toccara

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazinGio07;2664838;
    One thing that I always felt was a stereotype on ANTM was that plus size girls had to have "plus size personalities".
    That would be the jolly plus-size. Not being jolly enough will get you the boot!

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Plus size=no winner.
    medical conditons=no winner.
    honor student=no winner.
    major hair makeover=no winner.
    super religious=no winner.
    attitude=no winner.
    anything that makes your body look akward=no winner.
    no Tyra praise in the 1st 5 episode=no winner.
    exotic dancers =no winner.
    regular dancers=no winner.

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    conventions:
    * there's a girl you think takes consistently mediocre pictures but the panel just keeps her around sending home girls with better portofolios but when she finally gets eliminated you are like "what the..." since you think she had a good week and another girl did worse (e.g. ann (cycle 3), eugena and even jaeda (cycle 7))
    * when there is a nude photoshoot there's always a girl who second-guesses
    * during commercial week there is a girl with a weak portfolio that performs really well and another girl with a strong portfolio who messes her lines or doesn't look natural
    * the girl who places fourth either has had a really good portfolio or she has developed a lot throughout the competition
    * the tyra mail announcing the next elimination

    stereotypes:
    * a blond girl with a strong portfolio in the top three
    * the girl with the "dead eyes"
    * the plus size who loses personality during weeks 6-8 of the cycle
    * a girl with a health problem
    * two girls considered friends in the top three
    * a fan favorite who is eliminated early on

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Quote Originally Posted by BlazinGio07;2664838;
    One thing that I always felt was a stereotype on ANTM was that plus size girls had to have "plus size personalities".
    SO true! Jolly Plus-size Tocarra got cut down eventually because Tyra asked what happened to her "outgoing" personality over the weeks. You had better be ON for Tyra, or else. Play up to the stereotype you were assigned, like embracing the makeover look even if you hate it.

    Despite these conventions I keep tuning in. Is there something wrong with me, or is ANTM just a well produced show that keeps finding new ways to amuse me?

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Quote Originally Posted by BustaK;2664836;
    Stereotypes:
    The Crazy Party Girl: (Brittany C4, Jael, Lisa C5)
    The insecure black bitch: (Camille, Bianca)
    The know it all: (Mel Rose, Renee, Elysse)
    The Cinderella Story: (Shandi, Heather, even Furonda)
    The lovable black girl: (Cassandra, Danielle)
    The Jade: (Jade)
    The Tyra Look-alike: (Felicia, Kesse, Saleisha)
    The Jolly Plus-size: (Whittney, Tocarra, Sarah)
    The Shy Girl: (Kahlen, Sarah C6, Samantha)
    Excellent list. Some of these could even cross over between types, for example Heather as hybrid of Outsider Girl and Cinderella. Jael could even be Crazy Party Girl and Wise Hippie Chick.

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Quote Originally Posted by maria_k_cy;2664958;
    * when there is a nude photoshoot there's always a girl who second-guesses
    Yes, always a nude photo shoot, which has not been really nude since C2! This brings up the issue of using controversial challenges to knock the candidates off balance, creating suspense. The convention of the animal or insect photo shoot serves the same purpose. I worry that sooner or later there will be an accident.

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    Re: Conventions and Stereotypes on ANTM

    Whoo baby.
    My friend and I have been planning to write and film a Top Model satire called "So You Want To Be A Supermodel?"

    The host was Toni Baxster, an aging supermodel who wants to boost her career by pretending to care about other people.
    Our contestants, alphabetically, were:

    Brooke, aka "The First Cut"--the girl who "has potential" but is really just taken as filler space and goes home at the end of the first episode so the more interesting characters can have more screen time.

    Carmen, aka "The Sexy Latina"-- She's a sassy latin chick with big "tracks of land" who loves her culture and constantly speaks spanglish. She is eliminated second for being too "XXX" in her poses.

    Cleo, aka "The Ice Princess"--her father is a republican lawyer from New Jersey and her mother is an android. Cleo was raised around the pageant circut and always tries to do things perfectly. She gets cut fourth for being "too clinical" and "not romantic enough" and promptly malfunctions and burns down the judging room with her laser vision. As a homage to Christina she has souless blue eyes.

    Emma, aka "The Twelve Plus"--Emma is the token big chick who loooves her body and is the only girl to never get a negative edit. Known for being sassy and fierce and hoarding food under her bed, which she then eats like a pregnant lady. She does strongly throughout and is kicked off 7th, just shy of the final three for some BS reason about her "loosing her spark". Aka the producers would never let a "fat girl" win.

    Essence, aka "The Ghetto Diva"-- A loud, driven black girl from NYC who constanlty goes on about how life is hard for a girl from the hood and this is a competiton and she is here to win. She's really talented at screaming, too. She's cut fifth for her abrasive attitude.

    Kiersten, aka "The Blonde Virgin"-- Kiersten comes from the bible belt and is notable for using Jesus as an excuse and being really commercial. Despite her sheltered upbringing and general vapidity, she still manages to snag second place in the end due to her "improvement", but she only gets second because a blonde girl can never win.

    Linka, aka "The Witty Genius"-- Dry as a desert and bitter as a pill. She's the primary comic relief, the most talented model, and the only contestant with half a brain. She continually disproves Toni's assertion that modeling is hard and entertains herself by mocking the other contestants and judges alike with insults that are too highbrow for them to understand. She gets thrid place for "not being motivated enough", which is probably true.

    Roxanne, aka "The Wild Child"-- The heavy smoking, heavy drinking party girl who blazes up on set sometimes and is generally mellow and well liked. She is also notable for her dorky, nonsensical jokes and fluid sexuality. She wins in the end because they basically forgot to eliminate her.

    Sasha, aka "The Spoiled Brat"-- Sasha is very rich and doesn't get why people don't like her. She complains about everything and cries about everything. It's really cool. She's cut third becuase she has a bad attitude--particularly about her makeover, which includes, yes, a "Mia Farrow In Rosemary's Baby" cut.

    Vanessa, aka "The Tortured Waif"--Vanessa is super skinny and when she's not defending herself from accurate accusations of an eating disorder, shes crying about how the other girls think she has an eating disorder. Or purging. Terribly insecure, she's cut sixth for basically being batsh*t crazy.

    ... Well, that's basically that. Thought it pretained, anyway.

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