Vail native Madison Garton sinks her teeth into ABC’s Bachelor series
VAIL, Colorado – Madison Garton is right where she was born to be, at the center of attention.
The Vail native is one of 30 stunning young women vying for the affections of Brad Womack on this season of “The Bachelor,” the ABC reality series.
It’s a long way from growing up in Vail and attending Vail Mountain School, to New York City and an attention-grabbing appearance on national television.
In this week’s “The Bachelor” season opener, Garton popped in and out a set of veneer fangs. It worked, setting her apart from the 29 other girls, who are all wonderful people, we’re sure.
But c’mon, Garton had everything they had, plus fangs. Womack gave her a rose, the invitation to stick around for at least another week.
Womack told E! Online that the fangs were “sexy” and that Garton is “fun,” which has always been true of the entire Garton clan.
Garton apparently doesn’t tone it down much in upcoming shows.
A video preview shows Garton dressed in thigh-high black boots and a dominatrix outfit. Garton throws her leg onto the table in front of Womack, dropping her boot in front of him, grabbing the back of this head and pushing down toward his boot and ordering him to “Lick this!”
Looking sheepishly up from the shiny black leather boot and toward the camera, Womack raises his index finger to the sky and says, “Check!”
Phone calls and emails to Garton and her family went unanswered Thursday. So that will have to be what passes for information about Garton until she gets the green light from ABC to talk about all this.
Except this: If you’ve been around town long enough, you watched Madison grow up. She’s Tim Garton’s adorable daughter and grew up confident, strong and savvy.
That would explain her spotlight-stealing performance on this week’s Bachelor premiere, which has entertainment blogs humming. It turns out that she’s a member of the New York Underground Vampire Club, whatever that is.
Garton, 25, moved to New York City where she works as an actor and model and uses Madison McKinley as her professional name
You’ve seen Garton in films including “The Smurfs” and “Sex In The City,” and television shows like “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me” and “Lipstick Jungle.”
Star magazine featured her as a “Rising Star” in its Nov. 29, 2009, edition.
The entertainment website mahalo.com explains it this way: The Bachelor is a reality show competition. ABC selects a group of women and one eligible bachelor each season. For season 15, 30 women will compete for the affection bachelor, Brad Womack, who was also The Bachelor for 2007’s season 11 series.
Each week Womack gives a rose to each woman he chooses to keep in the competition. Those without a rose are sent home.
Hometown dates happen when four women remain. During hometown date week, the bachelor travels to meet the family.
In the final rose ceremony, the bachelor has the option of choosing one of the women for a further relationship or choosing no one as Womack previously did.