Mariah Watchman Makes Early Exit From <em>America's Next Top Model</em>
Reality TV is a cruel mistress.
On Wednesday night, Mariah Watchman, who grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, became the second contestant eliminated on America's Next Top Model. The modeling assignment for the episode was an Addams Family-themed shoot with celebrity judge Kris Jenner and her daughters Kendall and Kylie. When the judges—Jenner, PR guru Kelly Cutrone, and photographer Nigel Barker— and host Tyra Banks reviewed the "best shots" from the photo session, it was clear that they felt Watchman's was not strong, although several models seemed to be in danger of elimination.
Although winning the show would, undoubtedly, have been a nice bullet point on her resume, Watchman is hardly a newbie, and will resume her already-successful modeling career. She has been modeling professionally for five years—since she was 15—and is signed to the prestigious Wilhelmina agency. In her biographical information on the industry networking site ModelMayhem, she details some of her accomplishments: jobs in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Peru; magazine editorials; Miami Fashion Week; and more than 15 fashion shows for such brands as Levi's and Bally.
In her exit interview, Watchman seemed unfazed, declaring that she still intends to be the first Native American supermodel.