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"Jay Told Me To 'Lube Up' Before My Shot": An Interview with America's Next Top Model 4's Lluvyby Phil Kural -- 04/08/2005
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I remember before the show started this season that I had said Lluvy didn't seem like she had the "looks" to be on this show. I'm the first to admit I was wrong. I think the great thing about Lluvy is that she is not your typical model. She would be great for runway, and if she can figure out how to pose with her unique features, she could be a breakout star. Alas, it wasn't to be though – at least, not yet! I had a chance to interview Lluvy, and it was definitely my pleasure. Lluvy came across as energetic, goofy, and able to look back and laugh about the experience. In this interview, Lluvy touches on a number of topics, like her reaction to Michelle's impetigo, the kinds of advice she was given, and where her self-confidence is now. Read on to find out!
RealityNewsOnline:What factored into your decision to apply for the show?
Lluvy: I was a HUGE fan of the show, and I had always wanted to be a model. I remember watching since the first season and just saying I wanted to be a part of it. I was in Kansas at one of the times they were having open call auditions, and my fiancé basically pressured me into going, since I didn't think I had a shot.
RNO: So you ended up going to an open casting call, and not even sending in a video? What do you think it was that made you stand out?
Lluvy: Yup, just like you said – I never made a video, it was all pretty much by luck. They liked me in Kansas, and sent me to another audition in Houston. Honestly though, I have no clue how I got picked. At the audition in Houston, I had lost my voice and seriously sounded like a frog
RNO: Did you originally think that your features would be an issue during the photo shoots?
Lluvy: Yeah, I pretty much knew. You have to be realistic about these things, and I knew my features were a lot different than the other girls. What makes it even harder though, is when people are constantly reminding you that you have to work harder because you are a little different.
RNO:Had you done any modeling in the past or had any kind of experience before the show?
Lluvy: I had done a little bit, yes, but nothing big at all. You know, I did that modeling thing Tyra talked to us about with paying the agency thousands of dollars, and it ending up being a scam. I went to modeling school too, but like I said, it wasn't anything "big time."
RNO: Standing in front of Tyra for the third time, did you think that it was your time to go, or were you confident you would have another chance?
Lluvy: Oh God, I knew the third time that I wasn't going to get another chance! It's such a hard process, and I know you see me on the phone with my fiancé crying about getting critiqued, but it's all part of the show.
RNO: Well, did you think the other two times you were in front of the judges that you were going home?
Lluvy: Honestly, no, I didn't. There is always that little feeling that it could be you, but those other two times I didn't think it was me. Personally, I think it was because I was taller them
RNO: You were told over and over that you had so much potential. Were you ever given any pointers on how to channel that potential during you shoots?
Lluvy: You saw this week how I PLEADED with Jay to give me some advice, and he basically just told me to "lube up" before my shot. I don't know – maybe I just didn't get it. I was so confused at times with his advice.
RNO: Speaking of Jay, is he as annoying in person as he seems when he's directing the shoot? Does he ever give out a compliment? Honestly, did the fame go to his head?
Lluvy: Haha! No, he's really not that bad, but I know what you mean. He seemed more fun and outgoing during the first season of the show, but I think he just takes it more seriously now, and he's a lot more focused on the tasks at hand.1 2 Next-->
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