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Anamaria Mirdita cut from 'Top Model' for being 'too thin' — just a PR move?

Anamaria poses for "Top Model"
Anamaria poses for "Top Model"
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"America's Next Top Model" is nothing if not an after-school special — just starring particularly glamorous people. So it's no surprise when the show makes examples of certain contestants.

Last week Emily was lectured for writing what was perceived as a racist comment in her diary. (No one mentioned that it's also wrong to read other people's diaries without their permission.) Tyra Banks said she hoped Emily had learned her lesson and Emily did not make the final cut for Cycle 15.

This week, on the Diane von Furstenberg challenge, the models were supposed to combat bullying. The experience was cathartic for Kayla Ferrel, 19, of Rockford, Illinois, a lesbian who was called "queer" in school, and Ann Ward, 19, of Dallas, Texas, who was called "giant" for being 6' 2".

Much was made of Ann's height and tiniest-waist-in-the-world before Cycle 15 even aired and the resulting bad PR for "Top Model" is interesting in light of what happened last night to Anamaria Mirdita, 19, of Queens, New York.

Earlier in the show, while the girls were getting to know each other, Anamaria — who is 5 feet 10 inches — mentioned she used to be 130 pounds. She is on a calorie-restricted diet and is now around 110 pounds.

Anamaria is happy with her body. She loves looking in the mirror. She wants to get leaner. She thinks she is awesome.

If "Top Model" wanted to dump Anamaria because she's just plain annoying they may have had a point.

But, as The Frisky points out in an astute commentary, these models were cast after runway walks in bikinis in front of the judges. This is not the first time the ANTM team has seen Anamaria's ribcage. And this is only the second episode, just after last week's premiere when the girls made the final cut; even in the real time of the show her body couldn't have changed that much. So why dump her now?

As Amelia McDonell-Parry writes for The Frisky, "I, for one, found the whole thing extremely uncomfortable—should Anamaria have been cast in the first place? Did Tyra and the producers have an obligation to intervene? And ... did they do a disservice to her and the viewers by eliminating her from the competition as soon as they 'realized' her thinness was a problem and that it reflected badly on them?"

It does seem a little disingenuous to make a speech to Anamaria that she should eat an avocado and a piece of bread with butter, then send her on her way — knowing full well she won't do anything of the sort because she loves her body. And why shouldn't she when she was cast on "Top Model" for having the same body, probably over thousands of other girls?

Nigel Barker and the other judges tried to explain their decision by saying someone like Ann is tall and extremely thin, but naturally so. They can tell that Anamaria is not built to be as thin.

Is that supposed to convince a model to eat more? That's the kind of thing that probably makes someone like Anamaria cut back on the little she was already eating.

As Anamaria herself said, if she's ever turned down for a modeling job for being too thin, then she'll think about gaining more weight. That's the only way any model is really going to change her habits and this show encourages that, whether it intends to or not.

Read my recap of the first episode of "America's Next Top Model" cycle 15 here.


  • PiiNK 4 years ago

    Frankly, I'm glad that they cut Anamaria for being too thin because she was WAY too thin! There definitely is a difference in being naturally skinny because their bodies look healthy and isn't missing muscle mass because of a calorie-restricted diet. Anamaria is in denial of having an eating disorder and probably some type of body dismorphic disorder if she thinks that 130 is "thick" for a girl who is 5'10" After calculating her BMI, its 15.8 and 18.4 or under is considered underweight and needing to gain weight. A woman should NEVER be that low on the BMI rate because that is just severly unhealthy!!!!!!!! If Anamaria were to gain back that 20 pounds to 130, she would still be plenty skinny and her BMI would be 18.7 and 18.5 begins the healthy weight range for someone of her height. I can understand if a model eats a whole pizza and still can't gain weight, that is a natural thinness, but if a girl who is at the low range of a healthy weight thinks she "thick" there is a deeper problem on the surface. I think ANTM was right to send her home because they don't want to send the message that her eating habits are healthy, because they obviously are not.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Anamaria Mirdita is all over the internet, Her photos are everywhere. You can see she clearly has lost a lot of weight and appears very thin. I am not sure if it was fair or if ANTM has a right to eliminate her because of her weight, however, it seems to me like there may be a correlation between her weightloss and her career as a model.

  • Gabrielle_NYC 4 years ago

    I'm so glad they cut Anamaria from ANTM. Her attitude was ... i am better than everyone here. When people act like that they don’t show their ...HUMBLE... side or that there is room for growth (personal and professionally). This doesn’t work for the show. Also, she was so into herself, she didn't take constructive criticism well. Instead, she took on her 'ego-driven' attitude she portrayed vs learning the lesson she needed to learn. She's not a good student. The best reason for cutting her is not that she is just too thin, but that seeing bones come through her body is ridiculous. Her skin didn’t look healthy or plump on her arms. She had not muscle tone. It’s okay to be a zero or a 2 and be thin, but have some definition on your body. Anamaria just looked as if she starved herself vs. working out, eating right. I’m a size zero/2 in many clothes I wear and my muscle definition is strong. I am 5 ft 8 and I can eat a lot and burn it off healthy. People always think I am 10-15 years younger than my age and that’s because I eat right, sometimes 1800-2200 calories a day with healthy fats and whey protein. I do a little cardio and weightlifting. The lifting weights help me burn fat fast and tone my body. I'm very thin all-around; however my bones are not showing. The muscles are defined (not bulky). I am sick and tired of seeing models who look like they are posing for World Hunger. Anamaria has a beautiful face and height. Her body is somewhat disgusting with the bones showing through her ribs. She just needs to tone up her arms and legs. In order to do this, she needs to eat healthy fats (i.e. olive oil, avocado, flax seed oil), proteins salmon, fish, whey protein mix, healthy salads. Plus workout. I could easily eat 2800-3600 calories and workout properly. I could eat whole pizza pies. I'm still a zero/2. My legs and arms are super thin, but they are super strong and don’t flab like chicken wings when I move my arms and legs. Anytime a girl has chicken wings (stretch marks-arms/legs), it’s a huge sign of anorexia or bulimia. They never educated themselves on what to eat, the quantities or worked out much in their life. I see it everyday in NYC. It’s kind of sad, because there are not of sports centers (gyms yes), but not intermural sports groups (athletic clubs). When you work out, your body craves healthy food and drink.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Gabrielle... why don't you tell us how awesome your body is one more time

  • Verity Kae 4 years ago

    Gabrielle... I have an eating disorder. And maybe Im the first to tell you this but it has nothing to do with being uneducated about what is healthy in relation to nutrition and exercise.

  • miss 4 years ago

    Actually, it's to do with a psychological problem that you require help with.... ?

  • JadeTaylorr. 4 years ago

    Okay. ALLL WRONG !!! First ya'll expect her to losee wait for a stupid modling job then ya'll let her go because shes too skinnny? OKAY !! I absoulutly LOVVVE Anamaria. <-- People pretend to be her ALL the time on Facebook & Myspace & all types of other stuff. Shes one in a millon & ya'll need to be appreciativve of that !! pathetic people nowwa dayys. Anamaria keep your head up high & hopefully you'll find somethingg else.

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