THE fur never fails to fly on Australia’s Next Top Model. Judge Alex Perry was savaged recently for saying a size 8 model looked like ‘‘ overstuffed luggage’’ as she posed inside a coffin.
Perry was furious about the controversy, saying he was referring to ‘‘ her modelling skills’’ not her body shape.
‘‘ Somehow everyone thinks I hate fat people . . . I can dress a big girl better than anybody,’’ he says.
Josh Flinn, model mentor on the show who also works as fashion publicist for the Alex Perry label in Sydney, has also been dodging vitriol.
The runway coach says it’s one thing to be criticised on Twitter, but another for people to harass you after gaining access to your mobile phone number.
‘‘ I’m not a celebrity or public figure, I’m a person who works in fashion and does a bit on telly. Alex and Charlotte (Dawson) are much more used to this than me,’’ Flinn says.
‘‘ I don’t even know how somebody got that (Flinn’s mobile number) and left a personal message saying, ‘‘ Alex is such a mongrel and both of you should die’. It’s hard for something like that to be water off a duck’s back.’’
Occasional barbs aside, Flinn loves his job on Top Model, which he sees as the ultimate reality show ‘‘ because it’s realistic’’. It identifies modelling potential, then works out who has what it takes to forge a career.
The success of the show, Flinn says, is testament to the grit of cast and crew.
This year’s Top Model finale will be broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House on October 25.
‘‘ I think we’ve given the public enough credit to let them vote the winner,’’ Flinn says.
‘‘ What I hope is, they (viewers) don’t just think about the personalities, they think about who has learnt the most and who can continue to grow and who is actually going to work as a model.
‘‘ That’s all I want. Personalities should be kept separate because it’s Australia’s Next Top Model, not Miss Congeniality.’’ Australia’s Next Top Model finale, FOX8, Tuesday, 7.30pm