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ANTM: Demelza Unwittingly Highlights The Problem With The Australian Modelling Industry

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 27, 2008

The finalé of Australia’s Next Top Model is next Tuesday, so both finalists are working the press in the rush for last minute hits of Foxtel’s big red remote control button. Naturally this means both girls are having a go at each other (because it just wouldn’t be interesting if they were encouraged to support each other), and this is what 16-year-old Demelza Revely has to say about her rival, 21-year-old Alexandra Girdwood:

“I guess I’d be a little more concerned if I was her,” Reveley said.

“I mean, she’s 21 now, so she’s kind of running out of time to do this and to make it in this industry.

“There is a short shelf-life being a model and that’s just the way it is.

“I’d feel worried if I was in her shoes.”

The worst thing about all this is that she’s probably right; even if Alex wins, the Australian fashion industry does seem to be possibly even more obsessed with age than its European and American counterparts. It seems that overseas, if you have the right look, you will work, whether you are 15 or 28. And when you combine the need to be a certain size with the need to be of a very young age, you get into decidedly dangerous territory – just ask Demelza, she might be the right age, but she’s had to lose 10cm from her hips.

(Incidentally, if you want incisive and hilarious commentary on AusNTM, head to PetStarr’s hysterical blog, Bland Canyon. There’s only one wrap to go but there’s an afternoon’s worth of archive to trawl through.)

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One Response to “ANTM: Demelza Unwittingly Highlights The Problem With The Australian Modelling Industry”

  1. tina_sparkle said

    ugh. way to go, ANTM. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you’ve reinforced the message that as long as you’re pretty and can pout, you can behave like a vicious troglodyte and be rewarded for your behaviour without fear of consequence or accountability. because after all, being attractive makes bullying acceptable. and alex perry will still love you anyway, so isn’t that what counts?

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