Shannon Stewart took part in America's Next Top Model: All Stars competition and her presence on the show and eventual elimination because she would not pose in underwear brings forth the question of why she would join the show in the first place and probably is one of the major reasons why she is not a star model in the fashion industry.
She stated in her interview with Digital Spy (November 11) that she is "nobody's puppet" and that she had told the producers of the show that she does not pose naked or in lingerie as she considers her brand to be "trustworthy".
A model telling employers what she will and will not wear. I am amazed that she is able to get any work because while it is understandable that modelling is not about showing skin it must be incredibly difficult for her agency to book her for shoots in which there is basically no skin showing. The relationships between most agents and models is a partnership based on trust and work ethic and how can a fashion agent enhance her profile when she is seen as a 'cookie-cutter' model who will not push the fashion envelope and create a unique image for viewers.
She stated that she feels she was 'set up' on the show because from the first episode they provided underwear for her to model which she refused because she does not pose in underwear. I think this was a way to get exposure as a 'Christian' model through a highly visible show similar to Kylie Bisutti (ex-Victoria's Secret competitor) and it worked because she went from being someone rarely talked about as being an 'elite' model to someone now being talked about because of her modelling.
Shannon Stewart agreed to take part in America's Next Top Model: All Star competition to expand her brand and she seems to have accomplished that goal by showing herself to ANTM audience as a Christian model. Makes one wonder if getting eliminated based on 'principles' was the plan the entire time?