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Brittany Brower adds to Bethenny Frankel’s reality star “reckoning,” claims she wasn’t paid for ‘Next Top Model’

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Brower tells the Daily Mail, “People are constantly sending me emails saying they’re watching my season. I’m like great, I’m so glad the show still has a following and it’s still making money, but I get absolutely nothing from it. It’s just such bulls***.”

She claims the contestants on her season were only given money for groceries. At the time, she considered herself fortunate that she lived at home and had parents who helped her make ends meet.

What’s more, she said when her original season was over, she had trouble converting her screen time to modeling fame. “I got some bookings, sure, but I must be honest, some things I wasn’t able to book because I was on Top Model and the designer didn’t want that kind of look.”

Brower says she was paid to return for one of the show’s All Stars sessions — $1,000 an episode.

Brower supported Frankel’s urging reality stars to band together, particularly as networks are relying on reality TV to fill gaps from the SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes. “This is the perfect time to make change happen,” Brower says. “Like, ok, you want us to pick up the brunt of television right now? You want reality stars to be the TV? Well then pay for it.”

Although she admitted that she was in a better position than some of her fellow contestants as she was living with her parents before filming and didn’t have to pay rent while filming, she recognized that some of her co-stars struggled. ‘I was fortunate that my parents helped me out. Other people didn’t. One of our girls had a child, an actual kid she left for a few months in hope to make a better future for her child. ‘You think about the people who are moms and dads and they’re doing these things, humiliating themselves and just hoping that it’s going to lead to something different and at least make some money off it.’ ‘We need those bigger names and bigger people from the big shows to stand with us and try to make a change,’ she added.

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