Jael Strauss, who placed 6th on cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model, is going on Dr. Phil tomorrow. She’s supposedly close to losing her battle with meth addiction.
She tells Dr. Phil that she’s been struggling with doing meth for 6 years, and that her addiction has rotted her teeth and destroyed her skin. For the record, here is a picture of her before, at 22 and now, at 28.
Ugh, that is not how you are supposed to look at 28. The fact that she is now living on the streets doubtless does not help.
I think we get rattled by stories like these for reasons other than “we hate to see people destroy their prospects.” I think part of our unease is because we often think that if we were, oh, skinnier, or more beautiful, or wealthier or something, then we’d be happy all the time. And then we see people like Jael Strauss, who seemed blessed with a lot of privileges, and she is clearly so unhappy that she’d do anything to escape her problems. And that means that even if we woke up tomorrow suddenly looking like a model, it wouldn’t make us happy. Because it clearly has not made Jael happy.
Just don’t do meth. Promise? Really? Okay, good.