“I truly adored my time on ANTM but my heart tells me I don’t think young girls should pursue the modelling world,” Dawson tweeted to her 52,000 followers.
When quizzed about her change of heart, Dawson responded by saying she can longer be a part of the industry, calling it a “brutal game.”
“Bring it! Hypocrisy since I was a 16 year old that began my career but I can no longer be a part of this machine.”
Dawson also confirmed over Twitter she would not return as a judge on the ninth season (or cycle to fans) of Australia’s Next Top Model. “I will not be part of ANTM again but it has been the greatest show/experience I’ve had in my broadcasting career. #grateful”
Publisher Mia Freedman has spoken out about underage models many times before, below she reveals why she axed the Dolly modelling contest when she was the Editor-In-Chief in 2005.
One of the first things I did when I became Editor-In-Chief of Dolly in 2005 was axe their annual Model Contest. I knew this would not lead to an increase in circulation (as the Great Lisa Wilkinson once taught me: you don’t gain readers by taking something away, you gain them by adding something new to the mix) but I did it anyway and I’ll tell you why in a second.
The Dolly model contest has always been pretty iconic. Miranda Kerr won it when she was 13 and you’ll hear this a lot whenever the subject comes up, as a justification for why it’s OK and even a good thing. ‘Miranda Kerr won it at 13 and look at her now!’ etc.
But for every Miranda Kerr, there are thousands of teenage models who don’t go on to become Victoria’s Secret Angels and marry Hollywood stars (side note: is becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel something we want to encourage girls to aspire to anyway? If that’s the pinnacle of your career, what does that say about the values of the modelling industry?).
So why did I axe it? Because I thought the message it sent to girls – that the most important thing about you is how you look – was an appalling one. A negative one. A damaging one.
It’s not just Dolly. Girlfriend is the same. A 13 year old won their model contest last year too.