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“Maybe I Was Just Too Quiet!” – An Interview with America's Next Top Model 7's Christianby Phil Kural -- 09/22/2006
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I really felt bad for Christian. She obviously had her heart and soul in this competition and really wanted to be there. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Christian was the first girl sent packing this season, which I have a good feeling is going to be full of surprises. I had a chance to speak with Christian about her time on the show, and she a had a lot to say, so keep on reading!
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Christian! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk to me today. Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply?
Christian: Hey, Phil! Yes, I had been watching the show since the beginning. I had always wanted to get into the modeling industry, and I figured that the show would be great for some exposure. I had done some runway in the past, but I knew that I needed help with photo shoots, and if I had been around awhile, I figured I could get some experience in that aspect of modeling. You can always hope, but it just wasn’t meant to be!
RNO: Most of the girls I have interviewed in the past admitted that they knew they were going home. Were you really caught off guard?
Christian: I really was caught off guard. Although I was in a group with some very beautiful women, so anyone could have been the first girl eliminated, and I was just hoping that it wasn’t me. However, like I said, I’ve watched the show from the beginning, so when I saw it was me standing next to Melrose, the girl that messed up royally, I knew things were not looking good, since the first girl to go home normally doesn’t make many waves, and they tend to keep the girl that screws up. So when I was in the bottom two with her, I knew what was going to happen.
RNO: Do you feel that you were given any tips or shown anything that would help during your first photo shoot, or was it more like just being thrown in front of the camera and told to make it work?
Christian: No way, we were definitely just thrown into it. My topic was very hard, too, so I think that some girls got off easy. It also seemed like some girls were getting more help than others. I don’t know, really, to be honest, but we were all just thrown into the first shoot and were expected to know what we were doing, and some of us had no clue!
RNO: Why didn’t more people stand up against Monique when she was stealing beds and refusing to compromise concerning house issues?
Christian: To be honest, I’m not really the type of girl to really get into something that doesn’t concern me. It’s just not me. I was cool with Monique, and I did give her some advice after everything went down. I was raised with the Golden Rule. Had someone done the same thing to Monique with the bed, she would have been angry, and I told her that. I try to give people my side of the story without coming down on them, and I think I did that with Monique, it just wasn’t shown.
RNO: Did you feel that imitating Tyra’s poses might possibly end up being used against you?
Christian: It’s funny you bring that up. I never once said that I was trying to be Tyra, or that I was trying to imitate her. In my audition, I was asked to pose like Tyra, and that’s what I did. I’ve always looked up to her, and I was a bit offended that they tried to do that to me. Especially since Tyra knows what that’s like. When she began her career, everyone tried to compare her to Naomi Campbell, even though they were very different. We are told that if we want to succeed in this business, we should study it and know what’s going on. I studied and knew, yet they used that against me, when I never asked to pose like Tyra but was told to do so.
RNO: Do you think the experience was still worth it, even though you were the first girl eliminated from the house?
Christian: Oh, it was definitely worth it. I got some face time on TV, even if it was two hours, and people recognize me now. I think that will help. Also, I’m starting to hear that some people were really mad that I was eliminated so early, which is good since I never wanted to be the girl that everyone thinks should be eliminated every episode. I did learn a lot in the short period of time that I was there, and I lost a lot of the self-doubt that I had prior to being on the show.
RNO: What did you feel would be your strengths in the competition?
Christian: I felt my personality would get me far. Some of the other girls were being very hard to work with and complained about everything, acting like they had so many other things at home they could be doing. I was a bit offended, honestly. I worked hard to get there, so I had no problem waiting a few hours to do a shoot. I didn’t want to be the “Jade” of the group and complain about everyone and everything. I was taught that you must practice at being silent. I figured my personality would really help me, but I guess there was only room for one “good girl,” and that’s Brooke.1 2 Next-->
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