Renee Alway has been released from prison following a five year sentence.
Fans of America’s Next Top Model know her as the beguiling hopeful of the 2007 series.
However, as the years passed, Alway didn’t quite make the cut for the runways of Paris, London or Milan. Ultimately, she ended up in a Californian prison.
Yesterday, (August 4), she was freed from the California Institution for Women, in Chino, having served five years of a 12-year sentence.
The 32-year-old Michigan-native, looks almost unrecognisable after a few years of hard-time, having shaved her head and had her designer clothes swapped for khaki green prison jumpsuits.
The transition comes five years after she was arrested in June 2013 following a six-hour stand-off with police in Palm Springs, California.
Renee was arrested for numerous offences, including drug possession, burglary, committing a felony while on bail, theft and fraud.
She also had prior arrests the same year for grand theft of more than $400, receiving stolen property and grand theft with a firearm, according to the Mirror.
However, Renee isn’t the only ANTM alumnus to have run-ins with the police.
Jael Strauss spiralled into drug use and meth addiction following a promising appearance on 2007’s season.
In 2015, Renee told ABC News:
It was that point when I sobered up and looked around me, and I said ‘This is my life. This is the path I chose’.
I can’t even pinpoint it, but it was a matter of about a year, where, I didn’t even recognise me anymore. I remember bits and pieces of it. I remember SWAT. I remember having guns.
You get to the point where you’re like, well, you kind of get of like, forget it then, ‘I’m just going to do whatever I do,’ and you’re numb to it, and you just go for it. You’re like, no holds barred.
It’s one thing to fail your parents. It’s one thing to fail your fans and your friends. It’s something completely different to fail your blood, your children.
Talking about the struggle to find jobs, she added:
Just for America’s Next Top Model, and let’s not look at any other reality TV competition. How many of those girls do you see working today? Very few.
Even the winners, most of the winners are just on doing their regular life, or just barely making it in the industry.
I felt like a failure because I couldn’t get past the reality TV stigma that had been put on me … and then there’s the pressure of the fans.
‘Where are you?’ ‘What happened?’ It’s almost like a setup for failure. There are plenty of girls who were eliminated and they’re doing just fine so, obviously, I made choices that brought me here as well.
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