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Talent Before Ta-Tas: An Interview with Bethany Harrison from ‘America’s Next Top Model 2’by Phil Kural -- 01/26/2004
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Bethany Harrison was the second eliminated contestant from America’s Next Top Model 2. She was criticized by the other girls for the shape of her body, stood up against Camille for trying to steal the limelight, and spoke her mind whenever she had an opinion. In this interview, Bethany talks about how she dealt with the cameras, what the real deal with Camille was, and what would happen if there was a mud wrestling contest between two of the judges.
RealityNewsOnline: What was your main motivation for doing the show and do you feel that you achieved any goals that you had set?
Bethany: My main motivation for doing the show was basically “Now or never.” Basically, 23 is rather old to begin a modeling career but I wanted to show that I could get in there and that I had what it takes to become America’s next top model. As far as goals, I was happy to make the final 12. I mean, when you think about it, top 12 out of 3,000 or 4,000 girls isn’t so bad. Of course, I didn’t get as far as I would have liked, or won, but getting to where I was turned out to be a goal in itself.
RNO: Were your breasts really that big of a deal? Do you feel they were a main reason you were eliminated?
Bethany: At first, I didn’t really think that my breasts would become an issue. Besides, the judges had seen me in previous rounds and nobody ever mentioned anything about my chest. So I had just figured that everything was fine. However, I wasn’t sure how the other girls would take to me, and you see how that turned out. My breasts may have been the reason I was eliminated, but I’m really not sure. To be honest, I still don’t think I know exactly what the judges were looking for.
RNO: Did you have any previous modeling experience before you applied for the show, or was this your first time? Or, is anyone else in your family involved in the modeling industry who you could have gotten advice from?
Bethany: None of my family has modeling experience or is in the industry. I am like night and day with my family, basically always doing the opposite. I had done some modeling when I was 15, and I actually joined an agency at that time as well. I had also learned a good deal concerning make-up basics and the like. I had done a few runway shows in New York as well, but I was young and wanted to be at home during that time so I gave it all up. Now I’m trying to pursue it again.
RNO: From the time that you had on the show, what would you say was the hardest thing to deal with? Was it learning how to get changed so quickly, the photo shoots, the runway walk, or living with the other girls?
Bethany: Actually, the worst part about the whole thing was the cameras. It was horrible at times. When you wake up, brush your teeth, get a drink of water – the cameras are always there watching you. It was hard adapting to the fact that the cameras were going to capture your every move and there was pretty much nothing we could do about it.
RNO: That’s why I just recap these shows, and I’m not on them. I wouldn’t be able to handle all that.
Bethany: I know, right! I need to start doing what you do!
RNO: While Yoanna complained about her weight and Jenascia her height, you seemed to be very comfortable with your body even though you noted that you were bigger in the chest than the other ladies. Do you feel that you had higher self esteem and confidence than most of the others or were you secretly scared that your chest would be your downfall?
Bethany: It’s funny that you say that. Yes, I have always been comfortable with myself and my body. I am very proud of myself. There is nothing that I need to prove to myself because I already feel that I am a good person, inside and out. It’s also funny that you note me and my body because, oddly enough, some of the other girls had the same chest size as me. Believe me, we compared. However, with me, they happened to make a big deal of it. I know that my body is proportionate with itself, so I’m happy with everything about me.
RNO: Which of the other contestants did you feel the closest too, and besides Camille, was there anyone that you had friction with?
Bethany: I got along the most with Sara and Heather. Heather was my roommate and we learned to adapt to the whole situation together. We had some long talks and really got to bond with one another. Sara became a good friend because we are so similar. We had the same taste in music, movies, and almost everything else. It was nice to meet Sara because it was like talking to one of my friends from home. As far as friction, Camille was it, and she was on and off, so sometimes there was friction, sometimes none. It all depended on the day.
RNO: If Janice and J. Alexander had to mud wrestle, who do you think would win, and why?
Bethany: Haha, I think it would have to be Janice. I say Janice because she is such a strong-willed woman – I loved her. She was so honest. Janice would go out of her way to try as hard as she could and I have faith that in a mud wrestling contest, she would come out on top of J. Alexander.1 2 Next-->
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