A Gloss spy spotted America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12 runnerup Allison Harvard last weekend in Brooklyn. However, she didn’t spot Harvard at a modeling shoot or fashion show – Harvard was working as a cater-waiter at a wedding and wearing chunky glasses that helped conceal her recognizable eyes. Harvard got press before her season of Top Model aired because of her presence on the website 4chan, where her picture appeared regularly as a meme. However, like many other past contestants, Harvard’s career seems not to have panned out.
Because Top Model casts for drama as much, if not more, than suitability as a model, many of the women who have appeared on the show have not gained a foothold in high fashion. While there are certainly exceptions (Adrianne Curry, the show’s first winner, spends more time modeling for Playboy than anyone else), it appears that Harvard also fell victim to the show’s string of bad luck. Her Wikipedia entry notes that Harvard had “considered” signing with an L.A.-based modeling agency, which doesn’t sound positive or like she’s getting much work.
When a guest at the wedding said, “Wow, you look so much like that girl who used to be on America’s Next Top Model,” Harvard reportedly said “Yes – I look like her because I am her,” walked away, and did not come back to that section of the reception hall for the rest of the night.