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“I Just Wanted to Be Pretty and Be Myself!” – An Interview With America’s Next Top Model 7’s Eugenaby Phil Kural -- 12/08/2006
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Okay, let me start out by saying that I was never a big Eugena fan. However, as the competition moved on, I started to like her more and more, and even wanted to see her in the end with MY CariDee. I had a chance to speak with Eugena about her time on the show, and she was what I’d like to call a “top five interview.” Of all the interviews I’ve ever done for ANTM, Eugena was probably one of the most fun, intelligent, and most well-spoken girls I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to. Read on to see what Eugena had to say about how she ended up becoming friend with Monique, what her true passion is, and how she dealt with the judges telling her to change!
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Eugena! First, let me thank you for taking time out of your day to talk with me. Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply?
Eugena: Oh, yes, I definitely watched previous seasons of the show! Being an aspiring model myself, I’ve always taken interest in it, and makeup is my second passion in life, if not just as much as modeling. I always loved the way the photo shoots were set up and I loved the makeup, so I decided to apply for the show, never expecting to be picked!
RNO: Did you ever feel that calling the girls from last season “boring” might have been held against you?
Eugena: Definitely! It sucked because during those interviews, we were told to give our opinion, and that was my opinion! Of all the seasons I watched, I felt that it was the most boring and the only one I really didn’t like. It was held against me for no good reason at all, and then that turned into me thinking that I’m better than everyone else, which is totally untrue. I loved earlier seasons of the show and other people loved season 6. I mean, it’s an opinion!
RNO: Eugena, I’ve only asked you two questions so far and you’ve already showed more personality than we were shown of you on the show!
Eugena: I know, right! That goes to show you that you didn’t really get to see the real me on the show. It’s all in the editing!
RNO: In the first episode this season, we saw Monique pour water on your bed so that she could have it. Why didn’t you do anything to get the bed back from her, and how the heck did the two of you end up as friends?
Eugena: Ha! That’s the question of the year. I knew that Monique was the type of girl that I like to call “wrong and strong.” She was on that bed and had no intention of moving. She wanted it, and that was that. Plus, I didn’t want to have all that drama on the first day, and I didn’t want to get in a fight with her and be thrown off the show. Then I wouldn’t be on the show and I still wouldn’t have a bed! It was midnight and I was tired, so I didn’t feel like fooling around. Plus, the bean bag was more comfortable than the bed anyway!
As far as us becoming friends, it just sort of happened. She came around me more often and we would talk. I really did think that Monique was pretty cool. Plus, I didn’t want to have any enemies so early in the competition, so it was more beneficial just to be friends!
RNO: It seemed like you opened up more as the competition moved on. Is that a fair assessment?
Eugena: Oh, yeah, that’s exactly how it happened. In the beginning, you are thrust into this top model life. The only things you know are the house, the other girls, Mr. Jay, and the photo shoots. I was so caught off-guard by how sequestered we were, and the stress of the competition, that I would withdraw myself from the other girls. However, over time, I realized that I was going to be there for a while, so I just had to suck it up and make the best out of the situation, which I did!
RNO: What is your whole perspective on the judges saying that they didn’t feel you wanted to be there? Did you ever address this with them?
Eugena: No, I didn’t… and I couldn’t! I was so pissed, though, at the end! I mean, I went through so much – I still have scars on my leg from that rickety runway, which is another story in itself. But seriously, throughout it all, and all the stuff they put me through, and the being talked down to and the criticism, I was still trying to change for them. So at the final panel, Tyra pulls out the whole “you don’t want to be here” thing and it’s a big slap in the face to me! If I didn’t want to be there, I would have given up a long time ago. I felt that my actions spoke louder than words. I wasn’t going to break down in front of them and beg them to stay because to be honest, when the judges make up their mind, there is very little you can do to change what’s going to happen. It was my time.
RNO: Do you feel that you were eliminated for the wrong reasons? Was the whole “commitment” thing used against you as an easy way to eliminate you?
Eugena: Yes, I absolutely do think it was the wrong reason. Although, like I said, it was my time. I was prepared to go. I could have begged and pleaded during panel and I could have given the works, but when it’s your time, it’s your time. It wasn’t worth me putting any more effort into it, since I knew they made up their mind, and that was their reasoning to eliminate me.1 2 Next-->
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