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Former America's Next Top Model turns drug addict, and winner blames show

6/12/2014
 Former America's Next Top Model turns drug addict, and winner blames show Former America's Next Top Model turns drug addict, and winner blames show

America'S Next Top Model finalist Jael Strauss has gone from high fashion to meth addict, and former winner Caridee English insists the show is to blame. The 28 year old was close to nabbing the grand prize in 2007, when she place sixth in cycle eight of the CW's modeling competition, and now she is set to appear on TV once again, but instead of walking the runway, she will be facing TV host Dr. Phil McGraw in an effort to tackle her full blown addiction to methamphetamine. In a preview of this Thursday's (13Sep12) Dr. Phil episode, the TV self-help guru attempts to convince a barely-recognizable Strauss to seek help. And, after seeing the footage, America's Next Top Model season seven winner CariDee English took to celebrity blog Gawker.com to voice her opinion on Strauss' unfortunate situation, turning the blame for her comedown on the pressures of starring in the reality show. She wrote, "They (producers) should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television... Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise." In addition, English adds that after she was crowned champion, ANTM bosses did not help her book jobs or learn insider tricks of the fashion industry, as she felt they should have. She continued, "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 was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture... It would have been a good call to have some after show support... When it boils down to it, there is just not a place for ANTM girls to fit post-show."

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