At the age of 22, Jael Strauss was set for a glamorous modelling career after taking out sixth spot on America’s Next Top Model. Now, almost six years later, her life is anything but glamorous.
Since appearing on the show in 2007, the now 28-year-old has developed a methamphetamine habit and lives on the streets.
Her drug use has had a major impact on her health, both mental and physical. As well as fearing for her life, her addiction has left her with rotting teeth and sores covering her body — a far cry from an aspiring model.
Her friends and family are now seeking an intervention and support from TV psychologist Dr Phil. Jael, who was once signed as the face of cutting-edge boutique Hitch Couture, will feature on the next episode of Dr. Phil — and it’s hard to recognise her as the striking model she once was.
Jael is no stranger to the dangers of drug use. During filming of ANTM, a close friend died from an overdose. After contemplating leaving the competition, Jael decided to continue with her dream of becoming a model and dedicated her picture that week to her friend.