''America's Next Top Model,'' ''The Real Housewives of New York City,'' and ''The City'' are some of many shows that feature models

By Lesley Savage
Updated March 13, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

There’s been a notable migration of models to the small screen lately. Here’s a handy field guide to the various species and their habitats.

The Wannabe
Traits include bitchiness and an inflated ego, plus an unhealthy obsession with Tyra Banks. See: Aminat on America’s Next Top Model.

The Overreacher
Often seen trying to escape its natural environs to become a TV star. See: Tyson Beckford, cohost of Make Me a Supermodel.

The Cougar
Dwells at clubs and charity events, and flocks toward younger male models. See: Kelly Killoren Bensimon on The Real Housewives of New York City.

The Ex-Nudie
Tries to camouflage self as smart businesswoman, yet still clings to centerfold past. See: Brande Roderick on The Celebrity Apprentice.

The Model
The rarest of TV specimens remains where it belongs — on the catwalk and in the glossy pages of fashion magazines. See: Allie on The City.

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America's Next Top Model

Tyra Banks searches for the next great supermodel

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