“Not eating, not drinking, not talking… It’s like top model prison.”
A group of girls sit in a room, cameras pointed at their faces at all times. They’ve been filming for 18 hours and counting, and it’s been hours since they were allowed water or food.
It sounds like something out of a B-grade horror movie, and the reality isn’t far from this. Except the end product isn’t meant to scare us. It’s meant to entertain us.
This was the reality for contestants on America’s Next Top Model, a show so famous it has spanned 21 seasons.
One of the former contestants, Angelea Preston, competed on the 2011 season of the show and was crowned winner, but stripped of her title once it was revealed that she had previously worked as an escort.
Preston, now 29, is currently in a legal battle with the network – she’s seeking $3 million in damages as a result of this.