Do You Have To Be A Beauty Queen To Get On A Reality TV Show These Days?
It would appear if you want to get on an Australian reality TV program these days it helps to have been in a beauty pageant. Fremantle Media have cast Miss Universe contestant Rachael Finch in Celebrity MasterChef, and Sabrina Houssami in The Apprentice. Both of which premier next week on Ten and Nine.
Rachael Finch at first denied she was to be on Celebrity MasterChef, but that was only after it had leaked out because of her loose lips. If you believe the Daily Telegraph apparently she has been gibbering again, and revealed she has made it through to the semis of the show.
This can only mean one of two things – the 22 year old can actually cook, or George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan are still suckers for a pretty face.
Sabrina Houssami has been getting a lot of pre-publicity for The Apprentice on which she is a contestant because she is a beauty queen plus a member of mensa. An internet search reveals that in March this year she was studying Liberal Studies at the University of Sydney.
Today she was interviewed in the Daily Telegraph and she is saying there is still racism in Australia. Duh of course there is. She also talks about being interested in politics, but wants to gain more experience first. She mentions one of her supporters is the now sacked Minister Tony Stewart, NSW Member for Bankstown. This may mean she is a member of the Labor Party.
She also said having a background in beauty pageants was a disadvantage.
She admits she was frustrated by many contestants undermining her intelligence when they discovered her background in beauty pageants.
“It was an absolute disadvantage,” she says.
“All the contestants underestimated me, so much so they had blinkers on to work I was doing because they would be like, ‘It’s the beauty queen talking’ and wouldn’t take my ideas or suggestions seriously.
“So I had to work doubly hard to get my ideas recognised and have my work acknowledged.”
This trying to be recognised as an intellectual rather then for her looks appears to be a common theme for Ms Houssami. In an article she wrote in Unleashed she bemoans the fact that people judge her by her looks, and also states there may be racism in the pagentry world as she lost out to blonde haired girls on two occasions. She does also reveal in her bio that she wants a career in the media, which may be the reason she went on the show.