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Did you catch the pair of supermodel cameos on ABC's Desperate Housewives last night? During Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) and Angela's (Drea de Mateo) trip to New York City, Heidi Klum (playing herself) berated Gaby for her bad behavior back when they modeled together. And Paulina Porizkova (herself) recoiled from Gaby's attempted embrace, snapping, "You treated me like dirt, and now you want a hug?" The encounters were a revelation for Gaby, who somehow didn't know that in her modeling days she was "the queen bitch diva"—as her agent so delicately put it.
In other words, Desperate's exec producer, Marc Cherry, called in a few supermodels just to make a side plot pop. Both beauties delivered a comedic point about Gaby and went on their way. And it worked: Klum and Porizkova added a little sizzle that only actual celebrity models could add.
But what's in it for these wealthy and established supermodels? Klum seems to be doing all right for herself over on Lifetime's Project Runway -- where she's not only the host but also an executive producer. (Not to mention all the jealous "oohs" and "ahhhs" she recently inspired, when she strutted down Victoria's Secret's runway just weeks after giving birth.) When Starpulse.com asked her about the Desperate appearance, she was ready with an answer. "I love being a bitch, because I'm really a bitch," Klum joked. "I'm just trying to be nice."
As for Porizkova, she did get sacked from her judging gig at The CW's America's Next Top Model last year. Considering her recent, short stint on CBS's As The World Turns in January, she might be looking to TV for her next career opportunity. And a little exposure on Desperate Housewives couldn't hurt. In her latest blog entry for the Huffington Post, she referred to her "frequent bouts of self-doubt and the occasional humiliation of being a celebrity past her prime." I guess when you come of age in the modeling world, being 44 years old is akin to being 80.
And to think, we all grew up wishing we could be models!