Ben DiChiara

April 7, 2008

Ben DiChiaraAt the beginning of the season of Make Me A Supermodel, I thought well of Ben DiChiara and his chances to go far on the show. He was easy to like, being cute, being a newlywed, and being a law enforcement officer. Over time as the weeks went by, I became less enamored, but now that the show is over I am ready to reevaluate my views.

Looking back at things I wrote about him on, I can see that for the first seven episodes I stayed pretty positive about him. I appreciated his body toning, his good attitude, and his respect of gay male valuation. I described him as polite, good-natured, and full of sweetness and light. At the same time, I increasingly realized what a despicable person Ronnie Kroell was, as he was portrayed on the show. Though they were friends and allies, I managed to keep my affection for Ben unaffected by my dislike of Ronnie.

My perception of Ben really changed with episode eight (the ski lodge). The bizarre behavior Ben exhibited during the competitions was just too much, although I was open to the possibility that he was only cracking under the strain of being on the show. Once I started to see him in a negative light, I was willing to think less of him for things like resisting selling clothes at Bloomingdale’s in episode eight. By episode nine, I saw him and Ronnie as being a matched set, and since I strongly disliked Ronnie, I didn’t want either of them to win.

I was further turned against him by reading the comments of the self-proclaimed friends and family of Ben on the message boards. I was appalled by the low-class and ruthless things that his supporters had stated in attacking anyone and everyone that didn’t agree with them.

During the finale, I started to reevaluate my position. The nice way Ben was when April was there is how I had hoped he would always be. It was then that I considered the possibility that Ben is not a bad person, he is just a person who has had a lot of bad influences around him. A person can’t pick their family, but they can make sure that the friends they select are decent people with a good amount of integrity. I hope this is something Ben becomes more aware of in his life.

I wish Ben well and I hope he enjoys much success in whatever future he seeks. I just don’t want him to be brought down by any more Ronnies.

Ben DiChiara Gets Tough

February 13, 2008

Ben DiChiaraIn episode 4 of Make Me A Supermodel, I was startled to hear Ben DiChiara of Nashville show his jail guard side to Jacki when she suggested that he had been sleeping every night with Aryn. He told her to shut her f-ing mouth. Cool. The female models on the show are too bitchy and they need to be put in their place. Still, Ben has been so incredibly easy-going that it seems strange to see him get mad.

Here is the link for Ben DiChiara episode recaps.

Here is the link for Ben DiChiara photos.

MMAS Pages

February 3, 2008

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it or not, but I decided to create screencap pages for some of the models on Make Me A Supermodel. I had created screencaps for all the episodes to use with discussions on so I had them readily available. I started with Ben DiChiara and that is the only one I have done so far. Ben DiChiara of Nashviille is a fan favorite of those who find his friendship with Ronnie Kroell appealing.

For some reason, I don’t feel the same level of interest in this show as I have with AMSM and JDMA. It’s as if there is an extra barrier between the contestants and the viewers that makes it harder to connect with them, and so less interested in whatever happens to them. Perhaps it is the lower brightness level of the video. I imagine that trait was determined in order to make the show seem more artistic and fashionable.

Here is the link for Ben DiChiara episode recaps.

Here is the link for Ben DiChiara photos.

Make Me A Supermodel

January 3, 2008

The casting special for Bravo’s Make Me A Supermodel has ended and I am happy to write that four of my favorites made the initial cut. My guys were Dominic Prietto, Ben DiChiara, Perry Ullmann, Igor Galijasevic, and Ronnie Kroell. Unfortunately, Igor didn’t make it. The remaining ones should all be tough competition during the run of the show, but my favorite of favorites is Benjamin DiChiara.

A pleasant moment in the show was the men did runway and poses in swimsuits. Ronnie Kroell did a puppy style pose with his hair being pulled back. He said how much he liked it. I know we’ve all been there before.

A big negative moment was when Cory Bautista, President of NY Models, said that contestant Nicholas Boyd, who is gay, would be a good runway walker if he were a girl, because it was felt that Nicholas was too effeminate. It makes me sick to my stomach when someone of a class that has been historically discriminated against discriminates against someone else. This makes Bautista a super a-hole in my book. I give a big F U to that loser.

Here is the link for Make Me A Supermodel episode commentary.

Here is the link for Ben DiChiara photos.

Here is the link for Perry Ullmann photos.

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