Molly O’Connell

IMG Passes on “Top Model” Molly O’Connell…WTF?

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I’ve seen a lot in my days of bitchily covering ANTM happenings. Girls talking to plants. Runners-up gracing more than just a few extra covers than the winners of their respective cycle. Hell, an ent from ‘Lord of the Rings’ even won Cycle 14.

But IMG’s recent passing up of Molly O’Connell really has me scratching my head.

The fact that Brittani Kline (repping PA, holla!) won Cycle 16 is still as baffling to many as Jade’s decision to turn down an invite to All-Stars, airing in September. But the fact that Kline was given the leg-up over O’Connell was the real shocker. O’Connell’s portfolio is one of, if not the, best portfolio the show has ever seen. Her bitchy attitude was much in line with how Paulina Porizkova described the actual industry successes in her blog posting last week on the Huffington Post.

So why did IMG, a top international agency, pass? No one knows for sure.

“Yep, now I get to search for new agencies. How fun,” O’Connell’s twitter says after she posted an update about a meeting with the famed agency, “Whatever, Life goes on I guess.”

The life of this topic certainly does. At least for the countless hoardes (ok, all 10) of us who still obsess over this show like Camille McDonald to a fame whoring opportunity.

Perhaps Kline sprinkled some gremlin dust on O’Connell as she slept (they’re roommates now, living in Hoboken, New Jersey. Oh the places the limelight will take you) seeing as her position with the agency was sort of, well, bought.

IMG reps and guest judges alike seemed to adore O’Connell’s look, at least judging from what we were shown on television this past cycle. Perhaps it was Tyra’s way of “spicing things up” to give us a “dramatic” twist of events during the finale in crowning Kline the winner. Fans were certainly shocked, and lunches were unavoidably tossed from their containing stomachs.

The future is still bright for Ms. O’Connell. I have no doubt she’ll be joining the ranks of Mollie Sue, Elyse, and Fatima as a high fashion queen of foreign editorials and hipster fanboys wet dreams.

Best of Luck, Molly. Lord knows you’re not going to need it.

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