In January of 2007, WashingtonPost.com interviewed Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark eight months following her appearance and elimination from the show. Here is the text from the article (Written and posted by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts):
Worn Out on the Runway
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
“My life’s in D.C.,” she told us. “Modeling wasn’t enough for me.”
The ’05 Georgetown grad, who was discovered by casting agents at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, nearly won the Tyra Banks reality show (one gushing judge called the volleyball player a “6-foot-1 Scarlett Johansson!”). It inspired her to quit her research job at Advisory Board Co. last spring and pack her bags for L.A., where she signed with Elite and dyed her naturally blond tresses a dramatic chocolate brown.
She had fun and found work but was worn down by the long hours, wearying travel and endless auditions. “It’s a really difficult industry,” she said. “Every other person you talk to is an aspiring actress or model. It’s a very saturated market. You feel replaceable. I don’t want to feel like in my career that I’m replaceable — I want to feel like I can be loyal to an organization and it will be loyal to me.”
Sound like a job hunter? Albert starts a temp job this week as a legal assistant for a lobbying association, but she’s still floating the résumé. Meanwhile, she’s thrilled to be back with boyfriend John Hallmark (a Hill staffer and fellow Hoya) — and back to being a blonde.
“The whole being-in-L.A., being-a-brunette thing — it’s not who I really am.”
In May of 2006, Fans of Reality TV (FORT) interviewed Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Hepcat):
America’s Next Top Model 6: Interview With Sara, 5/12/06
Finishing the competition in fourth place, regally blonde Sara fell victim to the theme that had been swirling around her as the weeks went by – that somehow by being new to the world of modeling (which we heard a dozen times), and being discovered in a mall by a show recruiter (which we heard five dozen times), she didn’t exude Model Ambition from every pore. If there’s one thing that Tyra has made clear over six cycles, it’s that she wants her winner to eat, breathe, and excrete modeling. So it’s a bit puzzling to see how a contestant so focused on improving herself that she studies the moves of her fellow contestants is seen as “not wanting it enough.” I thought that was good study habits coming to the fore, myself. But hey – I’m still amazed that Sara was able to make it to fourth place without being embroiled in any cat fights along the way. Surely we’re looking at a record holder, and not just for being the girl who Tyra said took the best photo in America’s Next Top Model history.
Good morning, Sara! Congratulations on finishing in fourth place.
Oh, thank you very much.
You have some vocal fans on our site, including your dad. Have you ever stopped by for a look?
My dad? (Laughs) Oh, get my dad off the blogs! I didn’t know this, actually. But from the beginning I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to look at the blogs. Maybe I can go back now, but I’ll have to talk to my dad about this. (Laughs)
Now, we know you came into the process a little differently from the other girls, having been discovered by a recruiter…
In a mall, as they said about a million times. (Laughs)
But had you ever seen the show before?
I’d watched one of the cycles, Cycle 3, with my roommates in college, but I haven’t really been an avid watcher of the show. Actually, maybe if I had, I could have done a little bit better. (Laughs)
Given your height and good looks, surely people must have told you you should be a model before, right?
Thank you! To be truthful, I had been approached in the past, but I’d always had other commitments. I had a strong commitment to my education, and I’ve always been an athlete, so I wasn’t about to quit my commitment to my teammates. This was almost perfect timing, because it was the first point in my life where I could really decide what direction I wanted to go in, as opposed to this pre-determined straight path that I had always been on. I definitely saw it as a little serendipitous that I was in the mall that day, but at the same time, they used against me a little bit. (Laughs) It came back to haunt me.
This is your chance to set the record straight about your intentions, since they kept saying you were unsure if you really wanted to be there. What is your take on all that?
It’s funny because I looked at it as something that was a blessing. I was really excited that I was there and that I got this opportunity, but I felt that people equated being discovered with not pursuing it, and not having a passion for it. I felt like I kept on having to defend myself the entire time I was there, instead of fully focusing on modeling and getting better, I had to model and I also had to prove that I love modeling. And to be honest, when I first came there, I had no idea if I loved modeling or not! I had never done it before. Throughout the competition, I discovered a different side of myself, and I can definitely say that I do want to pursue it now. I’m putting the wheels in motion to pursue it. I’m creating a webpage, and I’m open to moving. That was kind of like my theme on the show, but in no way do I want people to think that I was just shining that on, or that I took it for granted in anyway because I really do think it is an amazing opportunity.
Which photoshoot was your best, in your opinion?
I think my very favorite picture is from the elephant shoot, but I think my best photoshoot was the bald photoshoot. Tyra said it was one of the best pictures in ANTM history, and I can’t really argue with Tyra, I guess. (Laughs) But I really loved the elephant shoot.
What a neat opportunity that was, just by itself.
It really was incredible. Still to this day it just takes my breath away. It was amazing! But there was that whole, Joanie/copycat part of it that kind of detracted from it a little bit, but overall it was just so beautiful.
What did you think of the comment Joanie made behind your back that was aired in last night’s episode – that you were copying her too much?
To be truthful, this whole element of the show surprised me. I didn’t know it was even coming. Joanie and I are great friends. We hang out a lot – her boyfriend watches the show with us every Wednesday! (Laughs) We’ve definitely grown very close since the end of the show, and I’m not going to lie, it definitely blew me away to hear her say that stuff last night, just because I had no idea. At least with the girls, I thought I had put that theme — not having enough passion, not wanting it enough – I thought I had put that to rest. By no means did I ever want to step on anyone’s toes. I felt like coming into this experience I really didn’t have the fundamental knowledge of modeling that a lot of the other girls had, so I had to watch hard, and I had to listen extra hard just to stay on pace. I would take bits and pieces and try to make it my own, but during that shoot, she did awesome, and I was inspired by her. I tried one pose, that was the leg pose. And I think, partly just because, it really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It looked like fun! It looked like fun to balance on an elephant’s leg, you know! (Laughs) But at the end of the day, the picture that the judges chose was me doing my own pose. For some reason, now that this whole element of a copycat theme came up, it makes it look like I was doing that the whole way through, and I think that was falsely portrayed. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve learned to make it my own. And it’s my favorite one of the portfolio!
Did you get to see any of those pictures from when you were on the elephant’s leg?
No, we only get to see the one they show you.
You didn’t seem to get caught up in any of the house drama – is that a fair assessment, or was there a bitchy side to you that’s on the editors’ cutting room floor?
Sara going crazy! No. (Laughs) I think that’s definitely fair to say. I tried to not get caught up in the drama. It’s not who I am, and it’s not something I want to spend my energy on. It was an exhausting situation just as it was, and I didn’t feel like I needed to expend any other energy on unnecessary drama. There was plenty of it! I’ve been on a volleyball team with fifteen girls with their different opinions in close quarters, so I’m used to that part of it.
Okay, I’m going to read off some names of the other women in the house, and if you could, I’d like you to tell me what you thought of them in a sentence or two.
Joanie: Like I said, Joanie and I are really great friends now. She is a really funny and down-to-earth girl. I think she’s a very genuine and kind person. By no means do I think what she says is any reflection on her personality, it was just a stressful situation. I love her!
Jade: (Laughs) Everyone always wants to know about Jade. I think that in itself a very special quality for her. She has a strong sense of self; she has unflappable confidence, and she does not make apologies for who she is. I think that’s a very admirable quality. She’s a very unique and great person.
What was your impression of Jade’s tears in front of the judges: fake or not?
I have no idea. I don’t feel like I have any right to judge anyone else’s emotions.
Danielle: She’s really hilarious. They could have a whole reel of outtakes just of Danielle, she’s so funny. She’s also very driven, and she came in with her eye on winning. She was very focused and was one of the few people who was able to show her personality to the judges. I think that definitely helped her, because she has such a great one. That’s a very special quality.
Nnenna: She’s probably one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She’s really smart, and absolutely gorgeous. I feel like the whole thing with her boyfriend – being in the situation we were in would put a strain on any relationship, and I think that in no way should be a reflection on the sweet person she really is. I think she is very talented, and I can’t wait to see what she does next because I think she has so much potential for this industry.
Furonda: I absolutely adore Furonda. I talk to her once or twice a week, and she always cracks me up. She’s kind of like Jade in that she’s a very unique person. Some people would ask me, “Did you get annoyed with her,” and I’d be like, “No, that’s just who she is!” She’s hilarious, and she’s amazing. She never made apologies for who she was. She walked around with that tiara like it belonged on her head. I think she is really great.
How about Leslie? I’ve been playing phone tag with Leslie! (Laughs) I think she’s a wonderful person, too. It’s funny, because pretty much the two 18-year-olds (Kari and Leslie) were more mature than the older people on the show. They were just very poised, and I really enjoyed my friendship with Leslie.
Were you surprised with how the judges reacted to you wanting to do some of the same poses as Joanie during the elephant shoot?
It’s funny, because there’s kind of a disconnect from what happened when I was there and what they showed on TV. I thought that what they were saying to me came across on the show as more negative than what I felt when I was there. It is true, you need to take things and make it your own, and if you’re going to copy, you need to make it better. Sometimes you succeed, and sometimes you fail, and in that case, I failed. It was made an issue, but I feel like at the same time, I know myself that I’m not a copycat, and just because I tried one pose, I don’t feel that’s a reflection on my whole potential as a model.
Was there ever a time when you saw your photo in the judging panel, and thought, “I had a better shot in there, I just know it!”
To be honest, definitely with the ice shoot…I mean, obviously, I have no idea what the whole roll looked like, but when I was doing it, the reactions I was getting from Jay on the set and the photographer made me think, “This is going to be a great shot, I’m going to be so excited to see it!” But when it came up, I was definitely disappointed with the outcome. I have to trust the experts in the industry to pick out my best picture, and I don’t see the whole roll, so obviously, I don’t know.
What about the judges: who was the harshest judge, and who did you feel was pulling for you?
That’s a funny and kind of difficult question for me. I really felt like different judges were pulling for me at different times, and would have nice things to say. I never felt like the greatest champion. In the beginning, I thought Miss Jay was very complimentary of me, and towards the end it was more Twiggy who I felt like had nice things to say about me. Throughout it all, I felt the most confidence and inspiration from Tyra. She really wanted me to get better and I felt that from her.
You’re tall, blonde, and beautiful – do you think being “conventionally” pretty worked for you or against you in this competition?
I don’t know. The haircut I got was definitely not conventional! (Laughs) That gave me a little edge, I guess. I think coming into this, I didn’t really get it. In modeling, what one person thinks is ugly is the most beautiful thing in modeling. Like they always said to Brooke, “You’re so wrong you’re right.” On camera, she looked amazing! So I don’t necessarily think being conventionally pretty hurts you, but I think in high fashion modeling it’s not just the conventionally pretty girls that are the most successful.
On the other hand, people look at you and think “CoverGirl.”
I think that’s a great compliment! I would love to do something like CoverGirl. There really are so many directions you can take in modeling. I really want to explore all of them and see which one I have potential in.
What has been the hardest for you to learn as a beginner in the world of modeling?
I can’t put my finger on one thing, I’ll tell you that. (Laughs) That’s a really good question. I felt like for me it was putting everything together. I was trying to be a sponge and learn everything I could. But when you’re up there, and they’re telling you you’re too tall and you need to make your height work, and you need to find your lighting, find your eyeline – it was just overload. For me, it was just putting everything together and then relaxing. Because when I started to overthink everything, it would show on my face, and I would look tense, and stressed, and I would be stiff. Looking back on it, I do wish I could have just stepped outside of myself and laughed at myself, and told myself to relax and not take things so seriously, because I think that would have helped me.
What’s ahead for you, Sara? Volleyball? Modeling? Grad school?
(Laughs) Well, I’m not “almost a lawyer” – I think that was funny. I haven’t even taken an LSAT! I really want to pursue modeling. I want to just give 100% and dive into it right now and see what I can do. I think going from “the girl in the mall” edit to being top four on America’s Next Top Model I can finally see some potential in doing this, and I really just want to pursue it and take advantage of this opportunity.
You really have come a long way from the mall.
I feel like I have! (Laughs) I still have a ways to go, but I think that I have come a long way and I’m very thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had.
Thanks to UPN for granting the interview, and we’ll definitely be seeing you, Sara!
In May of 2006, WashingtonPost.com interviewed Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark following her appearance and elimination from the show. Here is the text from the article (Written and posted by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts):
D.C.’s Next Top Ex-Wonk?
Washington’s hottest policy wonk won’t be “America’s Next Top Model” after all. But Sara Albert still might leave D.C. for the runway.
The young health-policy researcher with DavidBradley ‘s Advisory Board Co. made it to the UPN reality competition’s final four before she was eliminated on Wednesday’s show. Despite early raves, the judges found the willowy blonde too “stiff,” while rivals carped that she didn’t seem “serious” enough about modeling, what with her fancy Georgetown degree. Yet Albert, who was discovered while shopping at Pentagon City last summer, said she gained a passion for modeling — so much so that she just gave notice at the high-powered think tank.
“It’s such a wonderful company,” she told us yesterday. “I really enjoyed everything I was doing. It was awkward going into work after wearing a thong on TV or when I had a mohawk, but everyone was so supportive. They know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. They said I can always come back.” The former volleyball star doesn’t know yet if she’ll move. “I’m looking at all options. D.C.’s not much of a model market.”
Albert, 22, wouldn’t name the “conservative senator” she cited on one episode as her boyfriend’s boss. So is she really tall-for-a-model 6-1 as noted on the show? Or 6-3, as claimed on some Hoya Web sites?
“Six-one,” she laughed. “Girls in volleyball are always exaggerating their height.”
In May of 2006, OrwellProject.com interviewed Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark following her appearance and elimination from the show. Here is the text from the article (Written and posted by Jackie Helm):
Interview with Sara, the 10th eliminated lady from Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model.
By Jackie Helm
Jackie: Hi Sara! Congratulations for making it so far!
Sara: Oh thank you.
Jackie: When you were on the chopping block with Danielle did you know it would be you to go?
Sara: I definitely had a feeling that it was going to be me. I know that I learned a lot through out it. In terms of skill I think that Danielle had me beat at that point in time. I felt like I had a good run and I was proud with how far I got. I definitely felt like it was my time.
Jackie: We kept hearing the mall, the mall, the mall. You mentioned that you felt it was being used against you.
Sara: Whenever they said the mall it did make it seem like “lack of desire” or that I didn’t pursue it at all. But I did feel like it was something that was serendipitous. At the same time it was used against me for the rest of the competition. So I don’t know how serendipitous it really was.
Jackie: Had you considered modeling before the show?
Sara: I definitely thought about it. I was considering pursuing it. I didn’t know exactly how. I knew there were lots of scams and I didn’t want to be a victim of that. But up until that point I had just graduated from college, I had always been an athlete. I had a lot of other commitments that I had finally completed. This seemed to be the right place at the right time. I feel very fortunate that I was there that day.
Jackie: How did you feel to hear Joanie hatin’ on you?
Sara: I was actually really surprised. Up until that point I never knew she had those feelings. Joanie and I are really good friends. We have gotten a lot closer since the show. Her boyfriend lives in DC now and we watch the show with him every week. It was definitely a surprise to me. At the same time I feel like people do say things…it was a very competitive and stressful situation and I by no means ever meant to step on anyone’s toes. I think that during that shoot she did an awesome job and I was inspired by her. But hearing that I am some sort of copy cat…I guess doesn’t seem accurate. I tried one pose that she did. But at the end of the day the judges picked a picture where I was doing my own pose. I am proud of it and I don’t hold anything against Joanie. I think she is a great person.
Jackie: Are you going to continue to pursue modeling?
Sara: Going from being in the mall to being top four in America’s Next Top Model, I can finally see potential and I am pursing that. I also loved it. I had so much fun doing it. I definitely want to pursue it. I am excited that this day has come. Now I can actually go out and do it and give it a go.
Jackie: Are you going to keep your “makeover” hairstyle?
Sara: It’s grown out a little bit but I like the shorter look. It all depends on if I get an agency and what they want to do with it. It was a surprise…a pleasing surprise but I do like the shorter look.
Jackie: What girls are you still in touch with?
Sara: I talk to a lot of them actually. I talk to Joanie, I have gone out with Joanie quite a few times. I’ve talked to Mollie Sue, Danielle and Brooke. I’ve been playing phone tag with Leslie. I talked to Furonda, Nnenna…there are only a few girls that I have not kept in touch with.
Jackie: I appreciate you talking with me today. Do you have any last words or shout outs.
Sara: I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me as well. I am starting a web page http://www.saraalbert.com so I can keep in touch with fans and a point of contact for agencies that may want to pick me up.
Jackie: Thanks Sara.
Sara: Thank you.
In May of 2006, Girlposse.com posted an article regarding Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark following her appearance and elimination from the show. Here is the text from the article (Written and posted by GirlPosse.com Staff):
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 6
SARA ELIMINATED FROM UPN’S “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL”
Sara’s story is what dreams and fairy tales are made of. A girl, innocently shopping in a mall is approached by a woman. The woman first asks if she is lost. (“I looked at her like she was crazy!”) She then asks if the girl would like to audition to be a model. After explaining it would take 15 minutes, the girl thinks “sure”. A few months later the girl finds herself amongst a handful of women competing to be on America’s Next Top Model. How does Sara describe it? “Right place, right time.”
So what is it like for this “discovered” beauty to be famous? “I don’t know if I call myself famous. It is a funny thing, being recognized. But I’m a regular person.” But being “discovered” also has it’s price. Through the show, Sara’s drive and desire to be a model was constantly questioned because of her “girl in a mall” story. I asked her if she ever questioned her drive. “That was the main thing” she answered. “I didn’t know if I had a passion for it. People equate being discovered with not caring. But the passion was growing. But I like modeling. It surprised me.” Fighting that notion was difficult for Sara, and I asked if she thought people should be judged on how well they performed versus how much you want something. “Kind of. That is so true. I felt I had to defend how much I wanted it instead of focusing on what I was doing.”
In addition to having no modeling experience, the “reality tv” aspect of the show was also difficult. “I’m not going to lie – it was hard for me. Thinking about how I was going to be portrayed.” Sara was extremely concerned about offending the people in her life; her family, boyfriend, his family, friends, etc. “Regardless, I knew I was going to go back to a professional job.” Sara added “it was hard. I never forgot about the cameras.”
Her family had their concerns as well, but supported Sara. Her friends had no idea the adventure Sara was on. But once they found out, they were excited. “They didn’t know for so long because I couldn’t tell them. I had to tell them I was at job training for two months.” And while they were excited watching Sara on TV, Sara had some trying moments. “It is very trying at times hearing what the judges said. And last night with the whole Joanie thing – I know it was a stressful situation. She didn’t mean it.” (Referring to Joanie’s comments that Sara didn’t want to be there as much as the rest of the girls.)
Sara LOVED Thailand for many reasons. Independence was one of them. “I really enjoyed going on the go-sees. It was the first time in two months being independent. I was in charge, going around Bangkok.” She also loved the elephant shoot… despite some controversy regarding her copying Joanie’s poses. I asked Sara about that. “I was always watching and listening to the girls who knew what they were doing.” She explained that she was inspired by Joanie. “I only tried one of her poses, and my favorite picture was one I came up with.” Sara’s tone was full of awe as she described the amazing opportunity to stand on an elephant. “I didn’t think of copying Joanie.” As Sara describes it, she saw Joanie doing something that she thought looked like fun. But there are no hard feelings between the former competitors. ‘I love Joanie. We are great friends.”
When asked if she would do it all over again, she replied “Big question. Knowing what I know now, I would love to. It was the greatest and worst experience. It was a very trying experience. It’s not all roses.” To me, that sounded like she may have had regrets. “Hindsight is so 20/20. It sounds like a cliche, but it is true.”
So what’s next for Sara? Will she pursue modeling? “I am!” she exclaimed. “I’m very excited this date came. I want to dive into it 100% and see how far I can go.” She has also just launched her website: www.saraalbert.com. To her fans, Sara expresses immense gratitude. “Thank you! I have read every single thing people have sent to me.”
I would like to thank Sara for taking the time to speak with me, and wish her the best in all that she does.
In May of 2010, AbovetheLaw.com posted an article regarding Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark and her recent employment as a summer associate at prestigious international law firm Hogan Lovells. Here is the text from the article (Written and posted by David Lat):
Summer Associate of the Day: America’s Next Top … Lawyer?
Supermodel Linda Evangelista famously quipped that she doesn’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day. Alas, not all models occupy such a privileged position. This summer, one model is getting out of bed for considerably less than $10,000 a day — to wit, about $3,000 a week.
Sara Albert, who made it to the final four on America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 6, has excelled in yet another reality competition. In a still challenging job market, Sara Albert — actually, now Sara Hallmark, since her 2008 wedding to John Hallmark — managed to snag a summer associate position in the Washington office of a major international law firm. A Biglaw biggie that just got bigger, as it turns out….
So, which fine firm will have its hallways graced by the 6’1” blond beauty?
Sara Hallmark’s home for the summer lies not in the French Riviera or the Hamptons, the usual haunts of models, but at 555 Thirteenth Street, NW — the D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, the firmrecently created from the merger of D.C. powerhouse Hogan & Hartson and London-based Lovells. It’s not clear what type of work Hallmark will be handling at Hogan; a firm spokesperson did not respond to our inquiries about its sizzling summer.
It’s not surprising that Hallmark is in D.C. this summer. She attends law school at Georgetown, where she was also an undergraduate, and her husband works in Washington too. From Politico:
Who was that former contestant from “America’s Next Top Model” that had guests whispering Saturday night at the Bonjeans’ Christmas party [in December 2009]?
It was Sara Hallmark (maiden name Albert) from season six of the hit reality show hosted by Tyra Banks. Turns out the 6’1” stunner is married to John Hallmark, a member of the government affairs team at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Prior to Hallmark’s job at SIFMA, he served as a legislative aide to Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.).
The couple is not new to the area. The two met as undergrads at Georgetown University and were married in Baltimore in August 2008.
Sara Hallmark’s interest in law should also come as no surprise. In the fifth episode of ANTM, the contestants were called upon to dress up in the outfits of their “dream careers.” Hallmark’s choice? Prosecutor. (It’s not clear why she didn’t choose “Law firm partner,” which would have allowed her to dress up just like a prosecutor, but with more money.)
Is Hallmark cut out for the law firm world? Her credentials are impressive. From her contestant bio on Buddy TV:
Sara Albert was born in the year 1983 in Davis, California and was a full scholar at a Georgetown University, where she majored in Psychology, minored in Government and was a member of the Volleyball Varsity team. She graduated cum laude in 2005.
Before she was on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6, Sara was working as a Marketing Assistant for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. One of her favorite television shows is Law & Order, while one of her favorite movies is Pretty Woman. She likes to keep updated by reading People Magazine.
People magazine? Well, it might not be the Harvard Law Review, but it’s better than Us Weekly.
Sara made it to the Finals [of ANTM], and even though she didn’t have any modeling experience before the show, she was able to impress the judges with her natural talent. She worked her way up to the Top 4, and some of her best work include her runway shows and the CoverGirl commercial. There were times that her passion for modeling was questioned, which often frustrated Sara, who insisted that she was just as passionate as the other girls.
Let’s hope that Hallmark shows more “passion” for due diligence and document review. Good luck at Hogan Lovells, Sara!
Do you have a noteworthy summer associate at your firm, a la Sara Hallmark or Kaavya Viswanathan? If so, please email us (subject line: “Summer Associate of the Day”).
UPDATE: Sara Hallmark isn’t the only model-turned-law-student out there. In a recent piece for the Washington Post, Dean Christopher Edley of Berkeley Law mentioned that his school boasts “a New Jersey physics major who models underwear.”
July 22, 2010
In February of 2007, FoxNews.com posted an interview between Cycle 6’s Sara Albert-Hallmark and John Gibson, host of The Big Story With John Gibson, regarding the controversial topic of too-skinny models and whether there should be laws against being too thin in the state of New York . Here is the text from the interview (Transcribed by Voxant, Inc. and posted by Fox News):
N.Y. Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Too-Thin Models
JOHN GIBSON, HOST: In “Big Health”: skinny models. They represent what is considered beautiful in our society and what many women aspire to be. But constantly being photographed on the catwalk puts pressure on them to do whatever it takes to maintain that bony, pallid, rail-thin look. And that puts them, and those who look up to them, in danger.
OK, good so far. Nobody is for starving models.
But now a New York lawmaker is alarmed by waifish models and is calling for new laws to establish weight standards for underage models — the fist such ban in the United States. Joining me how is Sara Albert, a model, and a contestant on last year’s reality series, “America’s Next Top Model.”
So, Sara, this is about to be law in the state of New York, that you can be actually illegally skinny. What do you think of this?
SARA ALBERT, MODEL: I think that having extremely skinny models definitely promotes an unhealthy image and lifestyle. It might promote eating disordersin young women. You know, models are role models, whether they like it or not. However, I am a little bit unsure about making that law, especially with a focus mainly on models and weight restrictions on them.
GIBSON: Didn’t a model die recently from essentially starving herself to death?
ALBERT: Yes, a model from Brazil. She was 21 years old. She actually died.
GIBSON: This is her picture right now.
ALBERT: Yes, it’s very sad. You know, back in September Madrid was the first to take action. I am happy that this issue is finally getting the attention that it needs in the U.S.
GIBSON: Well, look, we see these skinny models, but we don’t see every runway show. I don’t go. You are more involved in it, or were. Is this really the problem that this lawmaker is making it out to be?
ALBERT: Well, it is definitely a very big issue. However, you may hate them, but there really are skinny girls out there. Just having a body mass index restriction is not a tell-all for health. It can actually be employment discrimination.
GIBSON: Did you find this a hard life to keep up with, this kind of thin standard?
ALBERT: For me, in particular, I definitely felt a lot of pressure to be thinner. I am taller; I’m 6’1″. I’m taller than the average model. It really is a numbers game. You need to fit the measurements of the designers. I just, with my body type it is natural for me to be a size zero. So there is definitely that pressure out there.
GIBSON: Sara Albert, formerly a model, talking about the skinny models, it may be illegal. Sara, thanks very much. We appreciate it.
ALBERT: Thank you.