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"You Just Don't Mess with A Girl's Weave!": An Interview With America's Next Top Model 4's Tiffanyby Phil Kural -- 04/18/2005
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Is it even a secret how much I love Tiffany? Well, this interview made me love her about 30x more. When I was connected with Tiffany for our interview, the first thing out of her mouth was "Phil, I love you -- you're my dawg." How can you not love her? Tiffany had a fun conversation, where she revealed to me why she felt so down in the dumps, how often she now talks to Tyra, and if she still follows her rowdy ways. In what will probably go down as the most fun interview I've ever done for the show, Tiffany kept me entertained and laughing from beginning to end. With such a great personality, and true realness, it's easy to see that this girl is going places.
RealityNewsOnline: After what had happened during season three, what made you apply for season four of the show?
Tiffany: Well, my mom and grandmom really pushed for me after what they saw on season three. I was all screwed up after what happened, and didn't want to deal with any of it. My grandmom made me go to anger management, but honestly, that's not what changed me. They would sit there and say "You're angry," and I'd have to tell them "No, I'm not." Finally, I'd get angry since they kept telling me that I was! However, with my grandmom and mom in my corner, I decided to try out again for the show, more determined to make it.
RNO: Do you think that being there before gave you an advantage over some of the other girls?
Tiffany: Oh, hell no! If anything, it put me at a disadvantage. There was that memory of Tiffany -- the girl who had beer thrown in her weave. I couldn't come back to the show, frontin'. People didn't know the real me, and I wasn't trying to front.
RNO: Do you feel as if the editing intentionally made you look ignorant to fancy restaurants and high fashion, or was it accurate?
Tiffany:You know, the editing made it look like I was so stressed! I liked the food, even though some of it was looking back at me. They never showed all the fun I had, and I used to laugh and joke at those dinners. I mean, how could you not love the meals -- they were free, so I knew I could order whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted and not have to worry about paying the bill!
RNO: As the competition went on, what factored into your decision that you weren't happy?
Tiffany: Well, a lot of it were incidents you didn't get to see. I mean, those judges sometimes would just rip me apart every time I was in front of them. There are usually only three people that I care enough about to care what their opinion of me is, and that's my mom, my grandmom and my baby's daddy. It made me upset that the judges were able to emotionally bring me down, when it's very hard to do that to me. I was like Toccara from last season. I got there all bubbly and happy, but they were able to wear me down.
RNO: In a way, did you feel that you had more to prove than some of the other girls?
Tiffany: Yes! Especially after the incident in season three when I told Tyra I was from the ghetto. From that moment on, I was known as the ghetto girl. I was just joking about all that. You know what though, I was real and did my thing!
RNO: During season three, you were known as a bit controversial. This season, you seemed to calm down a lot until the last episode. Have you gone back to your rowdy ways?
Tiffany: I'm still rowdy, but in a fun way! Seriously, I had every right to get mad when that girl threw beer in my weave last season! They are not cheap. What was I supposed to say? "Oh, thanks, you poured beer in my weave, now the glue is running down my face and I'm getting knots. Thank you so much?" No, I was pissed, you don't mess with a girl's weave!1 2 Next-->
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