That never stops being funny.
This cycle's AA representation is in the form of Sheena, a 21-year-old hostess/go-go dancer originally from Honolulu and living in Harlem:
[photo from CWTV.com]
I'm not gonna get my hopes up high for this one because judging by the show's history, Asian gals usually get the boot pretty quickly (or are called "emotionless" by judges) as do contestants that dance for a living.
Alongside Choe, Indian American Julie Titus from 2004, and Japanese/Caucasian American April Wilkner, Sheena will be the fourth Asian American model to compete out of approximately 140 women who have been on the show since its debut. The winners have consistently been white or African American, though a few have been Latina. Those stats don't say much for Tyra and Co.'s perception of Asian American aesthetics in the modeling world. While they say they're all about accepting different body types and faces, they seem to leave out those of Asian descent. But they have no problem whatsoever in imitating Asians. Scroll to :55 to see them in action:
Granted, the success rate for ANTM's winners and participants haven't been outstanding. But with the show's loyal cult following and home on accessible network TV, it'd be a nice platform for Asian faces to affirm their place in American beauty. Good luck to Sheena. She'll be competing against a transgendered model with killer legs; she needs all the support she can get.
"America's Next Top Model" airs on The CW.