Daria: This Year's Model (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) and Brittany (voice of Lisa Collins) both get their hearts broken by the cruelty of the beauty business in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When Ms. Li (voice of Nora Laudani) accepts kickbacks from a modeling agency and allows it to hold a voluntary contest at Lawndale High, Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff), as usual, objects on principle. She's shocked, then, when agents Claude and Romonica take in interest in her and Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) as candidates for the runway. Both rebel buddies demur, failing even to disguise their contempt for the concept of participating. Quinn and Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson), however, are eager to take part in the competition. Brittany is disconsolate that she herself didn't get chosen, while Quinn has to wheedle Helen (voice of Wendy Hoopes) to get permission. Quinn gets more than she bargained for, though, when it turns out that the modeling session involves body-to-body contact with the male candidates -- an eventuality that has Ms. Li sputtering when she discovers it. Just when the rueful principal is ready to announce the winner at a school assembly, she's interrupted by the arrival of a mercenary team whose gung-ho leader claims to have been invited to the school by Ms. Li herself for a military recruitment drive. It was Daria, of course, who called the soldiers -- just to ram her point home to Ms. Li. It's Quinn, however, who gets the real sharp end of the stick when she learns that Kevin, not her, won the modeling contract.