I orginally posted this in the "media link" but this is a better fit.
The question has come up many times as to who has had the most successful "post" ANTM career. I decided to check the number of modeling pictures posted from each season on the All-AMTN.net website
. While this is totally not scientific at all, she is pretty good at digging up photo shoots from the girls on their post ANTM careers. I don't know how she finds them all. It's the most comprehensive site out there. So, for better or worse, that is what I used.
I am not sure on the amount of actual runway work the girls have done because I think the bulk of the photos are from editorial work. The results were a bit surprising and interesting. I made two lists: the girl with the most success from each season, and then a top 10 overall list of all seasons. These numbers were pulled as of July 31st. Again, this is a very gross measurement but we don't have much to go on. Some of the girls may of had a bigger photo spread, leading to bigger numbers but one girl may of had a cover shot which might be more prestigious. Meaning a 5 page spread in a Target ad is not the same as a Vogue cover shot. However, I do think the numbers add up to a fairly indicitive picture of the total amount of work the girls are doing, regardless. One cover shot doesn't mean much if you are barely working and that's all you have done. Also girls who are huge on the runway may not have alot of editorial work. Though, I don't think any of the ANTM girls are seriously working the runways. Thus how to define "success"? So, at this point, since I didn't have a way to weigh all those factors, I mainly went on just pure numbers.
The "Most Successful Girl" from each season:
- Season 1: 595 photos - Elyse Sewell
- Season 2: 112 photos - Sara Racey-Tabriz
- Season 3: 279 photos - Ann Markley
- Season 4: 110 photos - Michelle Deighton
- Season 5: 263 photos - Lisa D'Amato
- Season 6: 256 photos - Mollie Sue
- Season 7: 131 photos - Melrose Bickerstaf
- Season 8: 101 photos - Jaslene Gonzalez
The "Top 10 Most Successful Girls" across all seasons:
- 595 - S1 Elyse Sewell
- 279 - S3 Ann Markley
- 263 - S5 Lisa D'Amato
- 256 - S6 Mollie Sue
- 224 - S3 Adrianne Curry
- 186 - S3 Eva Pigford
- 157 - S5 Kim Stoltz
- 147 - S6 Joanie Dodds
- 131 - S7 Melrose Bickerstaf
- 129 - S1 Katie Cleary
1. The overall winner by far is S1 Elyse Sewell. She has been living in Hong Kong, working full-time as a model and is the only one I know of who has made an actual career out of just modeling. She also has had a very long run of several years now and is still going strong. S2 Ann Markley has done alot of work in Europe, especially Italy I believe.
2. However S2 Yoanna House is a close second, even though she only has 96 photos posted. But since she has her own weekly TV show on the Style network, I think that counts huge. No other girl, any season, has this level of weekly exposure (yet). Following up along these lines would be S1 Adrianne Curry who was on "The Surreal Life" and also got her TV show with the limited run of "My Fair Brady".
3. On the Top 10 Overall list, the season most represented is Season 3, with three girls. The other Top 10 Successful Girls are spread out pretty evenly:
S1 - 2 girls
S3 - 3 girls
S5 - 2 girls
S6 - 2 girls
S7 - 1 girl
4. On the overall Top 10 comparison list, there are no representatives from Season 2 (but the S2 Yoanna sucess is addressed above), nor anyone from season 4 or 8. Now, since season 8 is the most recent, we can give them a pass for now, since maybe enough time hasn't passed yet to build up large portfolios. However, what does that say about all of the girls from Season 4 (won by Naima Mora)? A huge bust.
5. I find it interesting that on the "most successful from each season" list, S2 Yoanna and S8 Jaslene are the only actual "winners" of their seasons. The rest of the girls that have been more successful were "losers" who yet, seem to have done more modeling work. I think Jaslene may turn out big numbers. As a model, she really does seem to have alot of potential. We will see. This could mean one of two things regarding the "winners" who have not done well. Either 1) the judges really don't know what they are looking for/doing and are picking winners based on a whole slew of other factors that don't translate well to actual modeling success, such as "personality" or what not. Or, 2) the winners really are the best of the bunch, but by the fact of winning ANTM and being stuck with that label turns into a major liability that actually hinders their success. My hunch is more towards number 1.
6. Thoughts anyone on all of this? :-)
Edited by LunaNegra, Jul 31, 2007 @ 1:07 PM.