Rooting for a Lowcountry Top Model

Molly O'Connell is going strong so far on the TV show

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There are things that I'm required to do for this job, like go to fancy events and whatnot. It's not that I necessarily want to do these things, it's that I have to. My bosses make me.

When we heard that local girl Molly O'Connell was a contestant on the 16th and current season of America's Next Top Model, I was instructed by the powers-that-be at the City Paper to watch the show and keep tabs on our Lowcountry representative. That means I have to watch the show. For work. Not because I've been a mostly loyal viewer since I was a junior in high school. It has absolutely nothing to do with that.

We're now four episodes in, and not only is Molly still alive and kicking, but, frankly, and I'm saying this in a totally non-biased-just-because-she's-from-here kind of way: She's one of the best right now. Molly was at the top in the season premiere, and while the second episode didn't go as well, she's been pretty strong throughout, despite the ridiculous weave they decided to give her.

And not only is Molly kicking ass at "panel," but her personality has really been shining through. As someone who's been to a number of Charleston fashiony events, including a couple that Molly herself has walked in, it's funny seeing what a person you've seen wordless on a runway is really like. And I like Molly. She seems like one of the most down-to-earth people there.

So I'm rooting for you, Molly, but I can't lie. Brittani's my favorite right now. I'll bet the two of them end up in the finals.

Speaking of models, Charleston Fashion Week starts on Tuesday. To get revved up, MyTV Charleston will be running a recap marathon of past CFWs this Saturday and Sunday from 7-10 p.m. They'll also be filming this year's events, with 30-minute shows March 23-27 at 10 p.m. There will be a full recap on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. If you'd rather wear sweats and socks instead of high fashion and heels, this might be the way to go. Plus, you can catch that week's episode of ANTM.

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