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“The Competition was Intense”: An Interview with ‘America’s Next Top Model 2’ Winner Yoanna Houseby Phil Kural -- 04/15/04
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I know, I know – everyone has been asking when I would get to talk to Yoanna. Well, it finally happened, and I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed. Yoanna was down to earth, funny, very energetic, and not boring like I had pegged her before. We had a great talk and within this interview, we tackled such topics as the hardest challenge on the show, the other girls, and what she thought about the judges' criticism.
RealityNewsOnline: How did you get in shape and lose the weight that you lost before the show? Was it exercising, special diets, or what?
Yoanna: It was actually a two-and-a-half-year process. It just started with me cutting down on the junk food, giving up the fast food, etc. Then, I got into working out, and it was just a mentality of learning what my body could handle and pushed myself to the limit.
RNO: From the beginning of the competition, who did you think would be your biggest competition? Was there anyone who really surprised you along the way?
Yoanna: Nobody really surprised me because everyone pretty much lived up to their potential. From the very beginning, when we all first met and started out, I thought that Shandi and Sara would be my biggest competition.
RNO: What are your thoughts on the whole Shandi hot tub fiasco? Why didn’t you try to stop her that night?
Yoanna: I think that everyone is responsible for themselves. I was not there to baby-sit and Shandi was not my responsibility. Honestly, I didn’t know the situation so I didn’t want to butt in. I didn’t know if they had an open relationship, or what was going on, so it was best for me to just stay out of the whole thing.
RNO: It’s funny you say that because your profile on the ANTM2 website says you’re a babysitter!
Yoanna: That’s for five-year-olds, Phil, not people in their twenties!
RNO: Haha, fair enough! Do you still keep in contact with all the girls since you have won? I’m especially curious about Camille.
Yoanna: Oh yeah! Camille and I go shopping together every Saturday! Well, not really. Haha! I pretty much just keep in contact with Mercedes and Shandi. You know us final three – we have to stick together!
RNO: Which of the judges do you think was the most helpful when it came to giving constructive criticism?
Yoanna: All of them were great when it came to the constructive criticism. The viewers don’t see everything the judges say to us. There was so much advice given and it was all helpful, especially what they would say to us privately. Eric was great and even Janice and her kooky self gave some great advice. She was a model once and knows the business. Tyra was amazing as well!
RNO: Each week another contestant was eliminated. Were you surprised that you were hanging around or did you have it in your mind that you were going to win the whole thing?
Yoanna: I never went in there with a nasty attitude saying that I was going to win because I looked a certain way. I had confidence that I would do well and took it one day at a time. I wanted to win so badly and I tried my hardest. There were several times I would say to myself, “Okay, I’m going up against Shandi this week, she’s my biggest competition,” or something like that.
RNO: All the girls I talked to said that you were one of the most fun people to be around.
Yoanna:See Phil! I’m not boring! You called me boring in some of your articles!
RNO: Yoanna! I corrected myself in my other article. I was going on a clip and a profile. You definitely weren’t boring. Are you normally the life of the party?
Yoanna: In a way, yes I am. I don’t usually go to many parties, but believe me, if I’m there, you will know it!
RNO: Are there any goals that you have not yet achieved? What are they and how do you plan to accomplish them?
Yoanna: Well, the show gave me so many opportunities to succeed in the business. I would love to keep with the modeling thing for a long time. The show gave us the boot camp version to make it in the business. You have to realize that it’s still a competition and very intense. I just want to sit back and enjoy all the opportunities that are presented to me because of the show.1 2 Next-->
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