Australia’s Next Top Model – Clare Not So Posh After All
Clare Venema the stunning 16 year old on this year’s season of Australia’s Next Top Model, has been stereotyped on the show as a “prissy princess”.
In this week’s NW Magazine she reveals she is more working class then she has been portrayed on the show.
The article states:
Debating champ, school leader, fussy eater – Top Model contestant Clare Venema has made a name for herself as the “prissy princess” of this year’s competition.
But the stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth, with Clare revealing to NW that her mother was homeless as a teen (for reasons she doesn’t know), while her dad is a rail employee who’s worked hard to provide for his family.
“My parents have worked for everything – my dad’s a train driver and my mum was homeless at my age,” tells Clare. “So they’ve had to drag themselves up from the gutter to get me and my sister a good education,”
Clare feels she’s been unfairly typecast as stuck-up by both the show’s producers and the other contestants.
“I think you kind of get stereotyped from day one, and it’s really hard to break that,” says Clare. “It does get really frustrating when I get called a prissy princess, because I know that isn’t me.
“And it’s really bad when people have expectations of you and you feel like you need to rise to their expectations of you. It’s a really tough thing to break.”
The portrayal of Clare as uptight has led to bullying at the hands of fellow contestant Cassi Van Den Dungen, with growing tension between the two eventually resulting in the infamous “shower scene”, in which Cassi barged into the bathroom as Clare was showering and verbally and physically threatened her.
While Cassi was later reprimanded and sent to anger-management counselling over the nasty confrontation, Clare admits she’s never told Cassi about her family history.
“Cassi didn’t really know all of that,” says Clare. “And after the whole shower incident I just tried to distance myself from her as much as possible, so I didn’t really get a chance to tell her about where I come from and everything. So she had the stereotype of me that she wanted to have and she just clung on to that for dear life.”
The 16-year-old’s well-modulated accent has also made her the target of teasing from some of the other aspiring models, but the Adelaide student says her voice is just the result of getting a scholarship to a private school, St Peters Girls.
“I know that I do have a manner of speaking well,” says Clare, “but it’s because I’ve been lucky enough to have a good education.
“And that’s only because I’ve worked hard and I’ve got a full scholarship to go to a good school. If that makes me a prissy princess, then I’ll wear that badge of honour.”
It would appear on ANTM if you show half a brain or an inclination to study you are going to be portrayed as stuck up as Alamela Rowen was in last years show. This is not great role modelling by the show’s producers, since a high proportion of their audience is younger girls.
I also found this story from last year where it shows Clare has has modelled in Milan. I think she will go close to winning this year’s series.