Another day, another uplifting story about a former reality star. This time it’s coming from Tyra Bank’s infamous CW show, America’s Next Top Model.
Jael Strauss, a former contestent who appeared on the eighth season of the show and finished in an impressive fifth place, has shown up on Dr. Phil where her family and friends attempted to stage an intervention to save her life from a meth addiction.
During her season of the show, Strauss was rocked by the death of a close friend, which caused a struggle for her to even finish the season. But now Strauss is facing those same problems her fallen friend faced in the months leading up to her death, turning from a promising runway model to a full-blown drug addict.
A former winner of the show, Caridee English, caught wind of the fact that Strauss was going to appear on Dr. Phil for an intervention, and nows she’s speaking out against how ill-prepared the show runners get the contestants for life after the cameras turn off.
“They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason,” she said. ”Tyra won’t do anything [for Jael]. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no “Tyra Mail.” I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture. The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. Our agents, our managers… We became instant celebs, but had the portfolio of a rookie model. Even though we just were named “TOP” our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.”
See the heart breaking promo for her Dr. Phil episode below the cut: