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“I’d Let Janice Rip on Me All Day” – An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 3’s Leahby Phil Kural -- 10/01/2004
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Leah might have been one of the prettiest girls this season on America’s Next Top Model, but her lack of experience and nervousness took a hold of her early, and caused her to be the second girl to get cut. In this interview, Leah discusses who she became close to during the show, what she thought about Eva and Ann’s friendship, how she felt about the judging panel, and much more!
RNO: What was your reaction when you found out you were one of the finalists?
Leah: In one word: Disbelief! I felt okay when I was in front of the panel answering questions and was very confident when I went in there, but there was still a part of me that didn’t think I would make it. I actually told my parents that I probably wouldn’t make the finals, and said I’d go back to my old job, but they kept telling me they had a feeling, and they were right!
RNO: Were there any of the girls in the semi-finals that you grew close to and were disappointed didn’t make it to the finals?
Leah: Most of the girls that I became close to actually made the final 14. I was very close to Jennipher for the whole time I was there, and she’s going to move to New York, where I am now, and we’ll probably live together. I also grew very close to Kristi and Magdalena, both of which also made the final 14.
RNO: If the first photo shoot had been a nude one, would you have been able to do it?
Leah: Oh yeah, I would have done it in a second! After all, I WAS the girl that said, “Nude me up!”
RNO: Did you think after the first shoot you would be the one to go home? Is that why you grabbed the envelope before anyone else?
Leah: I was so nervous in that picture, and it showed. The whole thing looks glamorous, but believe me, there is so much you don’t get to see – like makeup running, directions being shouted – it’s pretty stressful. I couldn’t put that aside and let my nerves get to me. I had a little feeling I might be the one going home, so I grabbed the envelope out of nervousness, so that if it was me, I could just run out. I thought it would be me, so I wanted to brace myself.
RNO: What did you think of Ann’s outburst over the whole room-choosing fiasco? Was she really that co-dependant on Eva?
Leah: Keep in mind that I was only there for a little bit, so what I say is based solely on that. I was shocked by the way she acted, but Ann and Eva had a really good friendship, but I don’t think it was a healthy friendship to have during a competition like this one. Eventually, they would have to go head to head, and their friendship would get damaged. They should have put their friendship on hold until after the show was over. Ann is gorgeous and Eva has spunk, both of which show in their pictures, which goes to show that they are in competition with each other. The whole flipping out thing on Ann’s part though was just totally unnecessary.
RNO: From the time you were there, what would you say was the hardest aspect of the whole experience?
Leah: You have to realize, there is no such thing as sleep. If you’re in a car, you can only hope you have ten minutes to sleep. The cameras, the stress, the drama from the other girls and the show – it’s all pretty rough, but the hardest thing is releasing everything in order to pull yourself together and take a good picture. That’s the hardest part of all.
RNO: Who did you feel the closest to in the house? Was there anyone that rubbed you the wrong way?
Leah: I can honestly say that I don’t have a bad thing to say about any of the girls. Everyone had their own personality and they were just being themselves. As far as who I felt the closest to, like I said, Jennipher, Kristi, and Magdalena were probably my best friends during the process.1 2 Next-->
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