Is the shot going to stay black and white? Is that a stupid question? I'm asking anyway.

So Ann Ward won “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 15 over Chelsey Hersley, my girl Kayla Ferrel and some other people I’ve already forgotten.

Normally I stop caring at this point, but I just Googled Ann Ward and Vogue Italia to see what the heck she’s doing next. They made such a fuss over her before the cycle started and Tyra Banks seems to think she’s going to be A Big Deal.

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Here’s a blurb from Tyra from Vogue Italia, paired with a shot of “The model Ann Ward, photo by Vincent Peters, an exclusive preview of the cover shoot Beauty in Vogue May 2011”:

“America’s Next Top Model is a competition that celebrates the various types of beauty in women. Watching Ann realize that she is uniquely beautiful standing tall at 6’2 is one of the reasons I make it a point to choose contestants that the audience can relate to. Women should understand that there is no such thing as standard beauty. Ann found her beauty in her height and took all the years of bullying she endured and turned that energy into a strong work ethic that led her to be the winner of America’s Next Top Model.”

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Congrats to Ann, but I don’t relate to her. I relate to the idea of awkwardness and shyness and overcoming bullying, but not being a 6’2″ skinny model. I am worried about how Ann will do in the industry without Tyra and company behind her. She still seems awkward and insecure and in The Real World people won’t be rooting for her quite as hard as they did this past season. Maybe they will at first, because of the show, but she’s going to have to cowboy up fast.

Catch up on my ANTM stories in this archive. Or not. Up to you.

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