Jael Strauss, former 'Top Model' contestant, battles meth addiction
Jael Strauss, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model," opened up about her addiction to meth on "Dr. Phil."
Strauss, who appeared on the eighth cycle of "America's Next Top Model" in 2007, has been battling an addiction to methamphetamine for the past six years.
The 28-year-old has been living on the streets, prompting her family to reach out to Dr. Phil.
On the episode, which is slated to air on September 13, Strauss is shown nearing the Dr. Phil stage, before turning around and running through the Paramount Studios lot.
Dr. Phil chased after Strauss and told her, "This is the first time in ten years I've come out here, and it's to talk to you."
During her stint on "America's Next Top Model," one of her friends back home died of a heroin overdose. She was a finalist on the reality modeling series, but was eliminated after the show's eighth challenge.
"America's Next Top Model" cycle 7 winner CariDee English sounded off on Strauss' struggles, acknowledging that the competition offered very little help to contestants during, or after the conclusion of the show.
"Tyra won't do anything. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no 'Tyra Mail,'" English wrote in a comment on Gawker.com. "Poor girl. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason."
Tyra Banks has not commented on Jael Strauss' addiction, or CariDee English's criticism.
Watch a promo from Jael Strauss' appearance on "Dr. Phil" below.