America's Next Top Model's Chris Hernandez's Take on Reality TV

America's Next Top Model: Season 20
I'll admit it... I'm a little embarrassed that I watch America's Next Top Model, but I love it and I'm not big into watching reality TV shows. For me, ANTM is the exception because it captures the reality of the modeling world... or at least I think it does. Models sometimes get a bad rap, but anyone who watches this show knows that it's not an easy industry to deal with...So that got me wondering what life is really like for one of these ANTM models.

I got together with Chris Hernandez, one of ANTM's top male model contestants from its 20th cycle, and grilled him about the modeling/fashion industry and his opinions on reality TV.

Q: What's your take on the fashion industry?

"The fashion industry has changed with the emergence of social media. It used to be about your book, looks and modeling skills, the ability to sell whatever it is you are modeling. Now it's more about how many followers you have following you on social media."

Q: What was your experience like on America's Next Top Model?

"It was a great experience and I learned a lot and got to meet some great people. It was definitively stressful, but what competition isn't? I am very glad that I was given the opportunity to be part of ANTM."

Hernandez said the only bad part was that he learned that reality TV isn't always reality television.

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Best Badass Hair Dye Jobs in the Movies for Your Viewing Pleasure and Inspiration

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
I personally love dying my hair. Although I never go crazy with the colors. Being a brunette, I tend to go for safe chestnut colors or reds. But like a lot of chicks I've always had a secret desire to dye my hair some off-the-wall color. So when I see someone in a movie looking bad ass with bad ass hair color it sticks with me and makes me rethink trying something new. So hopefully to inspire fellow chickadees to take a chance and try something different here are some of girls and women in movies I think have rocked the best dyed dos.

6. Scarlett Johansson in Lucy... So I can say I've not really been a big fan of ScarJo... but she won me over when I saw her recently in Luc Besson's Lucy and I think part of the reason was due to her hair. I've thought about going blond in the past and Scarlett's messy blond bob with brunette roots has got me thinking about it again.

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The 5 Best Cheap and Lazy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes of 2014

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Low budget, high concept = solid laughs.
And so it goes that 11 months have gone by, bringing us back to the start of October and the march toward Halloween. For many, this is the most wonderful time of year. We probably all have that one friend who has already decked out his crib with Halloween decorations and has been planning his costume for months.

We all love that friend, even while we're jealous of his costume planning abilities.

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How to Properly be a Hipster

Categories: Pop Culture

Reality Bites
Hipsters...Where did this group come from and when did they first appear? No clue...but they are everywhere. And apparently anyone from their teens until late into their 30s can be a hipster. But as I've recently learned, if someone wants to achieve success at becoming a hipster, there are certain "unwritten" rules that the hipster in training must follow...

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Five Reasons why Australian Guys Are Even Better than British Guys...AND American Guys

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So I'd previously written about why I believe British guys are better than American guys...but as in most cases, there is always someone better. So who can take on both the British and the Australians, you ask??... well, the Australians, of course!

And here are just five reasons that will make that make sense:

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8 Dangerous Toys From Years Past

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Matches aren't the only thing parents shouldn't let their kids play with.

Most parents probably assume that manufacturers have their kids' best interests in mind when they release a new toy on the market, and in most cases they are probably correct. If for no other reason, toy companies want to make as much money as possible, and stories of injured children have a decidedly chilling effect on that goal.

Of course, over the decades, a lot of pretty spectacularly dangerous toys have managed to slip onto the market, and looking back at some of them, it's difficult to understand how any adult could've ever green-lighted these ideas.

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The Man Behind the Voice: This American Life's Ira Glass on Dance, Taylor Swift and Pro Wrestling

Categories: Pop Culture, Stage

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"We know it's a weird premise," says Ira Glass, the radio host of the very literally titled Three Acts, Two Dancers, and One Radio Host, hitting the stage at the Wortham Theater Center on Saturday night. Best known for his day job as the host of the Peabody Award winning radio program This American Life, Glass is aware that mixing the very visual medium of dance and the very un-visual medium of radio is a strange one.

It's even weirder for Glass, who before this production had no relationship with dance.

"Occasionally I would go to a dance show because I would think, 'I should try dance, maybe,'" says Glass. "But I knew nothing about it, knew nothing about the history of it."

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5 Types of Halloween Costumes That Need to Go Away

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Santa does not need to be sexy or a pimp.
I love Halloween. I have ever since I was a child. I was the spooky kid who was into horror movies and who would plan Halloween costumes for months before the holiday arrived. And I'm still one of the spooky people who love Halloween, although I'm far from being a kid anymore.

So I probably take the business of selecting a costume more seriously than the average person, as do many of my friends. And while nothing warms the cockles of my black little heart more than seeing someone with a great Halloween costume, some people choose to wear outfits that make me wish they hadn't bothered at all. There are some broad categories of costumes that I wish people would just stop wearing, because they're awful for one reason or another. Let's look at some of these terrible types of Halloween costumes.

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Lifestyling the Less Rich and Unfamous: Blake Lively's Preserve

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When Blake Lively's lifestyle website Preserve debuted, it drew the expected comparisons to Martha Stewart (a hero of Lively's) and--more sharply--Gwyneth Paltrow's goop. Pretty actresses turning themselves into lifestyle gurus/mavens/experts with a slick website are bound to draw ire, especially since Gwyneth's goop scoop on her "Conscious Uncoupling" from husband Chris Martin. It's hard to explain the push and pull of attraction and repulsion that makes one a goop fan, but it certainly makes one predisposed to curiosity about Lively's take on lifestyle.

Plus who could resist the possibility of stumbling across Ryan Reynolds somewhere along the way?

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3 Legendary Texas Sideshow Performers to Prepare for AHS: Freak Show

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Next month we'll see the return of American Horror StoryFreak Show centers one of the last traveling sideshows in America filled with human oddities like conjoined twins, bearded ladies, crab boys, and the like. Beyond that, not much is known yet, but the trailer above gives a pretty good ook at some of what we can expect.

Texas has been home to a fair number of famous sideshow performers, and in honor of their return to mainstream fiction today we're gonna throw in two bits for a gander.

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