Anamaria Mirdita was a contestant during Cycle 15 of ANTM.
The Queens, New York native was 19 years old during her stint on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 15.
During her initial interviews, Anamaria made it clear that she was obsessed with IMG Models, as all her favorite models were represented by that agency. She said, “IMG is numero uno.”
While being reviewed by the judges, Mr. Jay commented that she exuded elegance and grace, although she wasn’t as strong during the Cynthia Rowley shoot in that first episode.
Anamaria was called first during selection of the final 14 girls.
During episode 2, Anamaria opened the episode by stating, “I’m more high fashion and more versatile. I think I’m awesome; maybe it’s because I’m from New York.”
She also made it a point to state on camera that she’s on a calorie-restricted diet. She felt that being a model, that’s how it should be. While talking with other models in the house, she revealed that she used to weigh 135, but now weighs 110.
During the four-stories-high runway challenge, which took place at Hollywood and Highland (modeling fashions from Diane Von Furstenberg), she was a strong performer, although she tripped and fell at the tail end of the runway when finished. Following the runway challenge, Anamaria commented that all the other girls had a “busted” walk.
During the teen bullying photoshoot with photographer Deborah Anderson, Mr. Jay commented that when he looked at Anamaria, he didn’t see a tall and slender model; he said he saw nothing but bones. He said that his major concern about her was her body. When Anamaria revealed that she’s trying to get lean, Mr. Jay said that she didn’t need to get lean. During an on-camera interview, Anamaria said, “All the girls here are pretty, but they’re all small town and all American. By saying this, she defended that she wasn’t trying to be mean, it’s just the truth.”
While reviewing her photo in panel, Nigel said that she was very thin and should remember to turn her pelvis away from the camera. Tyra said that the reason they chose that particular final photo was because she was covering her body. She said that the rest of Anamaria’s film showed too much of her body, which looked very unhealthy and made Tyra feel very uncomfortable. She said, “There’s a point where fashion experts say ‘this is too much’.”
Diane Von Furstenberg commented that beauty is health. If you’re not healthy, you lose your beauty. Ana’s rejoinder to the judges was that she liked her body. she liked looking in the mirror and seeing her abs.
Despite her obvious previous modeling experience and her strong performance on the DVF runway, Anamaria landed in the bottom two with Terra White.
Before Tyra announced who was eliminated, she told Anamaria she was in the bottom two because the judges were concerned about the message her body type might send to young girls.
Ultimately, Anamaria became the first girl eliminated from Cycle 15. Before leaving panel, Tyra told Anamaria:
I don’t want you to lose work because somebody says you’re too skinny. You might be the healthiest girl in the world; you might be able to race me down the block and leave me panting behind you, but it might not hurt to eat some avocado and a little bread with butter on it … so you can book jobs and project an image that doesn’t feel as if you’re hurting your body.
During Anamaria’s exit interview, she stated:
I’m shocked. I wasn’t expecting it. I was the first to be called at casting and the last to be called in panel. They said I was too skinny. I like my body, personally. If I get told by multiple agencies that I’m too thin, then we’ll do something about it. Hopefully I can make it on my own.
While Anamaria’s fellow competitor, Chris White, was interviewed by Reality News Online, it was revealed that Anamaria had cancelled several of her post-show interviews with the media following her appearance and elimination from the show.
To read Anamaria’s post-elimination interview with Wet Paint, click here.
Since the show, Anamaria has taken a semester off of school to pursue a modeling career. She says that if that doesn’t work out, she’ll probably go back to school to be a chef.
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