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'Top Model' Runner-Up Kiara Belen Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

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It wasn't a very golden weekend for "America's Next Top Model" contestant Kiara Belen.

That's because the runner-up from Season 19 of the hit CW reality TV show was arrested early Saturday morning — reportedly for suspicion of DUI.



The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Yahoo that Belen was arrested at around 4:30 a.m. on misdemeanor charges by its Hollywood division and taken into custody.

Belen was pulled over when an LAPD officer observed her driving erratically, according to the police report. She then allegedly flubbed a field sobriety test and was hauled in to the station. She was released on bail at 4:55 p.m. on Saturday.

Belen competed on Tyra Banks's show in 2012, coming in second to eventual winner Laura James.

She's certainly not the first former "ANTM" contestant to experience problems in her personal life. Back in June, Renee Alway (who finished third in Season 8) was arrested in Palm Springs for investigation of burglary, fraud, narcotics possession, and committing a felony.
 
Lisa D'Amato (Season 5, and winner of Season 17's all-star edition) became known for her alcohol-fueled television antics and eventually ended up on "Celebrity Rehab 3." While appearing on the VH1 show, she admitted that she uses "almost any type of drug substance put in front of her," but added that she still didn't feel she had a problem.
 
And Jael Strauss from Season 8 admitted to Dr. Phil that her life spiraled out of control with drugs after her time on "Top Model" ended. She told the TV host that she eventually ended up a homeless meth addict, running off the stage during the interview before eventually returning and agreeing to get help.
 
"Shows that focus on beauty and physique such as 'America's Next Top Model' often reinforce poor coping strategies such as food restriction and drug and alcohol abuse because those behaviors provide a competitive edge in the short term," Dr. Shannon Hanrahan, a licensed psychologist, told Yahoo TV last summer.
 
"But the negative long-term effects are not sufficiently managed. These issues are inherent problems within the modeling industry itself and are not limited to the reality based TV format."
 
Here's hoping that Belen gets the help she needs and nips this problem in the bud before things get worse.

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