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Following a Dream: An Interview with Sara Racey-Tabrizi from ĎAmericaís Next Top Model 2íby Phil Kural -- 02/26/2004
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Sara was the hardest elimination on the show thus far, according to Tyra. However, she was labeled ďtoo sexy,Ē struggled to make her father accept that she wanted to be a model, and missed home very much. In this interview, Sara talks about how much fun really went on, which shots were the most fun, and why the judges told her she was practically ďvomiting sexy!Ē
RNO: Several times during your final episode, you noted that you wanted to win more than any of the girls. Why did you want to win so badly?
Sara: I know itís going to sound like the same old story, but from when I was eight, I knew I wanted to do modeling, and when I was 13, I REALLY knew I wanted to do modeling. I had actually planned on moving to New York City to pursue a modeling career right before I was cast for the show, so things just fell into place. I did some modeling locally, in Seattle, but nothing big time. I wanted to win so bad, it has always been my dream.
RNO: When it was just you and Yoanna standing in front of Tyra, did you think that you would be the one going home, and how emotional was that elimination ceremony?
Sara: To tell you the truth, I had a gut feeling that I was going to be the one eliminated. I didnít want to believe it, of course, but I had a feeling it was my time to go. Plus, they kept throwing the ďsexy cardĒ at me, so I knew it was going to be my downfall. You know what though, sixth place isnít so bad, so Iím still very proud of myself. As far as the elimination ceremony goes, it was much more emotional then what you saw on TV. It was very sad and everyone was crying.
RNO: I know you said that you have a bad knee, but we never found out why. Did you have an accident, or an operation on it?
Sara: Iíve actually had three surgeries on my knee since high school. When I was a senior, I was playing volleyball, and I tore my knee up. Iím very athletic and love to stay active. However, ever since I tore my knee, and had the surgeries, it has never been 100%. Itís fine right now, but I know it will never be the way it originally was.
RNO: Do you get recognized on the streets? What have peopleís reactions been to your appearance on the show?
Sara: Oh, its crazy sometimes! Hordes of people come up to me sometimes asking for autographs and just wanting to talk about the show. I went to a basketball game last week and a 70-year-old man came up to me asking for an autograph, telling me how much he loves the show. I didnít even know the show had such an eclectic fan base! I even signed a baby stroller last week. I love it though, itís fun.
RNO: Did you find that learning model traits like makeup, runway and movement were tough, or was it harder just living with the people that you were competing against?
Sara: Well, the makeup and runway really arenít that big of a deal. You are going to grasp them eventually, so itís either you got it or you donít. The hardest thing was being away from your family for so long. Itís like you are shut away and have nobody to talk to Ė well, you have the other girls, but sometimes nobody can really console you the way a mother can, and I am very close to my mom, so it was rough being away from her for so long.
RNO: Which photo shoot was your favorite to do, and which one was your least favorite?
Sara: My favorite shoot was the one we did with the Steve Madden shoes. I loved the way that photo came out. I liked doing the Angelina Jolie photo too because I got to act very sexy and Angelina is a very sexy woman. My least favorite was the underwater shoot. It really sucked to have to take in all that salt water, and what you didnít get to see was everyone being so nauseous when the shoot ended from swallowing so much salt water. I had a really cool shot, but the shoot itself was horrible.
RNO: Here comes the most obvious question: What happened with your dad? What did he think about your stint on the show?
Sara: We have talked on and off since the show has started to air. I think he is set in his ways with not wanting modeling to be my career, and I am set in my ways with wanting it to be. Iím not sure if itís a cultural thing on his part, but I respect his opinion and hold nothing against him. We are just going to move on from here. I donít think heíll ever fully understand, and at this point, I donít think I expect him too. Iíll always love him though.
RNO: Since Camille got flack from the judges, she seemed to calm down her bossiness. Was she really making an effort to change, or was it all an act?
Sara: Sorry to say, but it was all an act. Just keep watching the show, and you will see what I mean. Camille got slapped around at the last elimination, so I think she just knew it was time to shut up for a little while. You know what though, thatís Camille and that is who she is. You canít fault her for the way she is. She is a very beautiful woman, but doesnít understand that you have to bite your tongue sometimes. Sheís burning bridges and if that is the way she wants to go, good luck to her.1 2 Next-->
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