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“So I Hear I’m YOUR Mercedes?”: An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 2’s Mercedes Scelba-Shorteby Phil Kural -- 03/25/2004
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This is it, folks – the moment I’ve been waiting for! My interview with MY Mercedes! As you know, Mercedes was the eleventh person cut this season from America’s Next Top Model 2. Even though she struggled with lupus, Mercedes was still portrayed as the fun-loving, quirky girl. She didn’t win the whole thing, but in this interview she discusses why she doesn’t think that was so, why Yoanna took home the prize, and what she thought about being called 'commercial' all the time!
RealityNewsOnline: Hi, Mercedes!
Mercedes: Hey! I’ve been waiting to talk to you! I read all your stuff, and from what I understand, I’m “YOUR Mercedes?”
RNO: That’s right, I love you so much!
Mercedes: Aww, I love you too.
RNO: When you first applied for the show, did you think that having lupus would put you at a greater disadvantage when it came to being selected?
Mercedes: Oh yeah, I definitely thought it was going to be a problem. On the application, it asked if I was on medication and if I had any illnesses, so of course I had to list it. I never thought I was going to get picked after that, but I did! And I can’t believe how far I made it!
RNO: We saw dozens of times when the judges would tell you that you looked “too commercial.” Did they ever give you any advice as to how to stop looking that way and to look more high fashion?
Mercedes: Actually, they did! The judges told me to go out and buy an issue of Vogue, and I did! That helped me to figure out what they meant when they were telling me to be more edgy and how to position myself. Not to mention the great makeup tips!
RNO: When the competition first began, who stuck out to you that you thought would be your greatest competition, and why?
Mercedes: There was nobody in particular that really stuck out as my greatest competition. Everyone there struck me as different and worried me. I mean, Sara was an exotic beauty, April was a beautiful Asian woman, so everyone was different and beautiful in their own way.
RNO: You were one of the final two remaining to be called at two elimination ceremonies, once with Camille and once with April. Did you think that you were going home either of those times?
Mercedes: Oh, I knew when I was up there with Camille that I wasn’t going home. I was so upset because it was my first time being up there like that. But from the comments that Camille was getting from the judges, I knew her time was up. With April, I thought I was done. April was so great in her photos that I figured there was no way I was going to survive that one. But lo and behold!
RNO: During the finale, you stated that Shandi was your greatest competition. When she was eliminated, did you think that the prize was pretty much yours?
Mercedes: Nope, not for a second. Everything changes all the time and you can never have a true sense of confidence when it comes to thinking that you are not going home. Yoanna had a beautiful face and I knew the judges loved her. I was still worried, and didn’t think for a second that I had the win in my pocket.
RNO: Which photo are you the most proud of, and are there any that you wish you had the chance to take over?
Mercedes: Oh, I would love to take that underwater photo over again. It looks like I’m being strangled! My best picture, in my opinion, was the final shot, the beauty photo. I finally got the whole edgy thing down and it really shows in that photo. I loved it!
RNO: Did anyone’s elimination surprise you, and on the flip side, was there anyone that you think got to stay around longer then they probably deserved?
Mercedes: I don’t think anybody really got to stay around longer then they should have. The judges knew what they wanted and made their cuts according to that. However, I didn’t think Sara was going when she did. She was just so beautiful, but I guess that she was lacking something at the time that the judges really wanted.1 2 Next-->
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