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Friday, April 24, 2009

'Supermodel' contestant has Atlanta connex

click to enlarge Salome Steinmann
  • Salome Steinmann

Before I begin, I just want to assert, in the strongest possible terms, that I do not regularly watch Bravo's "Make Me a Supermodel." But I did happen to catch the first episode of the current season a few weeks back when it was shown right after the "Top Chef" finale and I was too lazy to get off the couch.

If you've never seen the show, it's a rip-off of "America's Next Top Model," using the same competition format as "Top Chef," but without the Tyra drama and with the added twist of having half the contestants be male. Each week, the host, tatted-up bo-hunk Tyson Beckford, has to maintain a straight face while delivering the silliest send-off in the short history of reality TV: "I'm sorry, we can't make you a supermodel."

Anyway, about five minutes into that first episode, I turned to my wife and said, "That girl's going to win." The girl was Salome Steinmann, a coltish 20-year-old from Nashville with short brown hair and facial features that recall a young Rose McGowan. According to the Bravo website, her only modeling experience is six months of working with Click Models of Atlanta.

Steinmann also had the most interesting backstory, having been raised Mennonite, which she describes to another contestant as "like being Amish, but with electricity."

Well, seven weeks on, Steinmann is still on the show and just won this week's episode. Here's Salome's MySpace page if you want to know who you're rooting for.

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