Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Model with Asperger's on America's Next Top Model

In case you haven't already heard, the reality TV show "America's Next Top Model" features a contestant named Heather who has Asperger's syndrome. You could have knocked me over with a feather because I found this out just by flipping channels over dinner! Feminists reading this blog may have varying perspectives on the profession of modeling and why people actually watch ANTM, but regardless, Heather's a fellow woman with a disability taking a step outside most people's comfort zones. So Heather, good luck to you, and here's hoping that your fellow contestants and American viewer learn a few things about people with behavioral differences. FYI she made it through the first round with very positive comments on her modeling from the judges (and snarky immature comments from some of her fellow contestants---Heather, tell those girls a thing or two about why diversity is okay!).

If you would like to know more about Heather, the link to her contestant page is below.