Reality TV

Danielle Scott: The Right Fit

Danielle Scott: The Right Fit

Danielle Scott hurries into La Colombe on Lafayette on a rainy, grey Tuesday afternoon. She folds her black umbrella that she took from her office and texts: “Hello! I am here.” After she is spotted, Scott heads over to the back corner table of the crowded café. She quickly grabs […]

 
 

Kate Moss: Supermodel to Supermodel

Kate Moss: Supermodel to Supermodel

All hell broke loose when Kate Moss’s relationship with Johnny Depp was over. Together, they were the epitome of “cool” in a grunge 90’s culture smoking cigarettes wearing jeans paired with leather jackets with their long, stringy hair. They were always together, always — but something changed in 1997 after […]

 
 

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

Pedro Rodriguez isn’t afraid to smile despite years of drug addiction and homelessness that have left his teeth eroded and discolored – the only indication of his past that remains. On this brisk March morning, he is running around the basement kitchen of the New York City Rescue Mission like […]

 
 

An Artistic Version of Reality

An Artistic Version of Reality

Devon Leaver recalls sitting in a room of a New York City apartment with a small group of fellow high school teenagers. She remembers a producer handing her a stack of photographs and saying: “Study these. You’re going to have to ask him questions.” What followed was a months-long journey […]

 
 

Project Runway’s ‘Problem Child’

Project Runway’s ‘Problem Child’

BY DANIELLE STROLIA On reality TV, there’s always that villain. That one person other contestants just can’t get along with, that one person that viewers are just waiting to watch crash and burn. Unfortunately for Kenley Collins, second runner-up on the fifth season of Project Runway in 2008, that person […]

 
 

Could this be tv’s first vegetarian chef?

Could this be tv’s first vegetarian chef?

“What does the meat really add to lasagna?” asks Cindi Avila as she shakes her brunette head almost knowingly. Sitting in a booth at the vegan restaurant Blossom on the Upper West Side, the vegetarian chef, mother of two and entrepreneur takes a bite of her lentil rings, which look […]

 
 

Reality Star to SAT Tutor

Reality Star to SAT Tutor

The blistering Guatemalan sun beat down on the hungry and sleep deprived contestants as they awaited instructions and swatted away mosquitos that latched onto the sweaty bodies in the 100-degree-plus heat. In the jungle, home to jaguars, tarantulas, and crocodiles, these 18 people were competing for a $1 million and […]

 
 

A Reluctant Model, Twice Bitten

Harvard's quirky image is a bloody success.

Allison Harvard leans back on her overstuffed, beat-up, and altogether comfy-looking gray sofa. Her lithe, pale arms are behind her head, awkwardly, as if she is intensely aware of the fact that she is being scrutinized and trying to be more casual. She looks and sounds equally tired and cheerful. […]

 
 

Truehart’s Thorns on “The Bachelor”

Truehart’s Thorns on “The Bachelor”

Before a studio audience, “The Bachelor Pad” broadcast its season finale live last August. Camera crews swarmed as all the season’s contestants stared at Rachel Truehart, who sat next to Nick Peterson, eager to hear the pair’s final decision. If Truehart and Peterson stuck with their previously agreed to decision,

 
 

America’s Fourth Favorite Dancer

America’s Fourth Favorite Dancer

It was Las Vegas week of the hit reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” which meant contestants were tested on their ability to quickly learn choreography in different dance genres. Contemporary dancer Ade Chike Torbert had narrowly missed elimination after the ballroom round but had one more chance. […]