A former America’s Next Top Model winner has slammed TV executives for exploiting one of the reality show’s most vulnerable contestants.
Cari Dee English, who won the modelling competition in 2006, has spoken out in support of fellow competitor Jael Strauss.
Strauss, 28, has battled a life-threatening addiction to methamphetamine – also known as crystal meth – and been homeless in the five years since her 2007 appearance on the programme.
The troubled former star opened up to TV’s Dr Phil Mc Graw about her problems recently, prompting other ANTM contestants to come forward with their own well-wishes and opinions.
Now English – who won a $100,000 Cover Girl Cosmetics contract and a deal with Elite Models after her 2003 triumph – says Strauss should never have been allowed to take part in the competition.