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Hagerstown woman vies for 'America's Next Top Model' title

September 08, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

HAGERSTOWN -- Fledgling model Simone Grove, 19, of Hagerstown jokingly said she got "the short end of the stick" when it comes to height.

Grove stands 5 feet 6 inches tall. But in the world of high-fashion modeling, she is considered too short. Industry standard is 5 feet 8 inches.

This season of The CW's "America's Next Top Model," however, felt Grove was just the right height.

The show, which gives up-and-coming models their break, premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday with a two-hour opener. In cycle 13, only models 5 feet 7 inches and shorter were allowed to audition.

Although Grove is contractually bound not to say what the outcome is, "America's Next Top Model" has posted the top 14 models on its Web site and Grove is not pictured.

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The 2007 South Hagerstown High School graduate has been modeling for nearly four years in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area and has appeared in regional promotions.

Grove said she is "religious" about watching "America's Next Top Model" and was excited to see the show was auditioning for models her height.

The winner of "America's Next Top Model" will be managed by Wilhelmina Models, receive a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl and appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine.

Grove, who calls her style "very grandma-like," auditioned March 8 in Washington, D.C., alongside 2,008 other women. She is a veteran of auditioning for the show; this year was her third time.

She was called back before, but this time was different. On April 18, Grove flew to Los Angeles to be part of the top 30.

"It honestly felt like a dream," she said.

She said she found out that her favorite show is a lot different behind the scenes than the edited version she watches. For instance, she had to be escorted everywhere.

"I loved everything about it," she said of the competition. "If I could, I would do it again in a heartbeat."

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