Paulina Porizkova doesn’t have much faith in America’s Next Top Model — despite being its newest celebrity judge! She even says the CW reality show’s winning mannequin is “not necessarily going to be a supermodel,” in the new issue of TV Guide (out Thursday).
“The fashion business takes pride in creating their own: 'You don’t tell me who’s the next top thing. I’ll tell you.'” Paulina, 42, a former model who was emblematic of superstar catwalkers during the '80s, also doesn't have much faith in the future of the biz — which she characterizes as “vicious.”
“Models are not superstars anymore. With cheap computer retouching, anybody can be a cover girl. You can be 50 and have acne, but look gorgeous by the time they’re done with you. Models are back to what they were in the ‘70s: clothes hangers.”
And those aspiring to fame and fortune via fashion shoots may be in for a rude awakening. "[They want to be models] for the same reason I did — they’re looking for love. They think, ‘I’m on TV; people will realize that I’m worth something,’ ” Paulina says. "But once the TV’s over and they join the real world, it’ll be a whole different thing.”