America’s Next Top Model is where the world met the beautiful Heather Kuzmich, but she will become more famous for more than just her pretty face. Heather has the neurological disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome.
The disease affects communication skills, social interaction and is a form of autism. Asperger’s was discovered by Hans Asperger in 1944.
But what makes the 21-year-old Ms. Kuzmich different from others with Aspergerâ€™s is that for the past 11 weeks, her struggle to cope with her disability has played out on national television.
She is one of 13 young women selected by the supermodel Tyra Banks to compete on the popular reality television show â€œAmericaâ€™s Next Top Model.” The addition of Heather Kuzmich to an otherwise superficial show has given millions of viewers an unusual and compelling glimpse into the little-understood world of Aspergerâ€™s.
The disorder, considered a form of autism, is characterized by unusual social interaction and communication skills.