Jael Strauss, America's Next Top Model Contestant Turned Meth Addict, Featured on Dr. Phil

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Jael Strauss finished fifth on Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model, remaining in the competition despite a close friend dying of a drug overdose during filming.

Now, five years later, the former beauty has fallen prey to the world of illicit substances herself.

Strauss was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil yesterday, as the talk show attempted to stage an intervention for the troubled addict. Watch a dramatic promo for the appearance below and then check out what former ANTM champion Caridee English has to say about Strauss and Tyra Banks...

Speaking to Gawker, English puts some of the blame for Strauss' fall on Banks and other show producers.

"They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show," Caridee says. "All they saw was a personality good for television."

And after leaving the show? After helping to drive ratings to it and, of course, line Tyra's pockets with cash? English says contestants receive no guidance of any kind from Banks.

"Tyra won't do anything [for Jael]. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no "Tyra Mail." I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture."

Look for the craziness to be ratcheted up even more next week on Dr. Phil when Dina Lohan stops by for an interview.


I dnt c how tyra is to blame every girl that has been on antm should consider it a blessing!!!!bt u know what?? Iv always thought that a bwas when preparation meets opportunity tyra gave her the opportunity jael just wasent prepare!!!!


i dont think anyone can blame tyra or the show, whether or not jael was on the show it would have happened anyway, its sad but there isnt any blame to placed, circumstances differ and create different situations in which people react differently, but to blame the show is bit narrow minded , how many models have prospered from the show?. quite a few ..............


Im so sadden to read this, Anytime ANYONE is lost to the world of drugs it kills me. Especially when you know and have see how well they could be and looked before drugs.


Clearly this young woman was no stranger to drug culture as a friend died of an overdose. Modeling may not have been the ideal career path for her. But blaming an addict's using on ANYBODY but the ADDICT is enabling behavior. I hope she addresses her underlying issues and gets treatment and finds recovery.


it is a shame this had to happen. jael could have had problems along the way, during top model that tyra did not know about. tyra prepared the ladies before they got into actual modeling, when the contestants won. hope jael goes back to who she was, during top model. she was my favorite from cycle 8.


it is sad. very, very sad. and my heart goes out to her. But I don't know that anyone should be trying to put any blame on Tyra Banks. I hope this girl gets the help she needs and comes out healthy and happy.


STOP!! I dont think anyone should comment on such a sad sad story, its just sad. Sad. Very sad! =(

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