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“I Just Wanted to Be Pretty and Be Myself!” – An Interview With America’s Next Top Model 7’s EugenaPage 2
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RNO: Did you have a feeling that Melrose was going to be picked over you when it was the two of you standing before Tyra, or did you still feel that you had a chance of advancing to the finals?
Eugena: No, not at all. I knew it was going to be her over me. Overall, I think the judges felt that she was more competitive and that she did better than I did. Melrose is a very strong competitor and she knows what she wants. I think the judges saw that and felt that she was a better fit in the finals than I was.
RNO: It seems like this season most of the girls ended up in little cliques, more so than in seasons past. Did you feel that you were in any specific “group” of girls, and was there anyone you really didn’t bother with at all?
Eugena: Yeah, I’d say that our house was separated by two rooms. There were the introverts and the extroverts. In one room, you would have Megg, Megan, the twins, AJ, and sometimes Anchal. In the other room it would be me, Melrose, Brooke, Jaeda, and CariDee. There was definitely a division, and I was usually with the extroverts.
RNO: In the beginning of the competition, the judges viewed you as one of the weaker girls, but as the weeks went by, you gained their respect. At what point in the competition would you say was the turning point for you?
Eugena: I’d say it’s when we got to Barcelona, that was my turning point. It’s just that we weren’t in LA anymore and we couldn’t and weren’t doing those crazy, out-of-the-box photo shoots. It was way easier for me to do the commercial, the photo with the bull, and… well, maybe not the water – that was crazy! But, you know, I just decided that I wasn’t going to hold back anymore. Better yet, I wasn’t going to suck anymore! It was more realistic in Barcelona, and we were doing a lot more realistic modeling.
RNO: You don’t think wearing a big, fake weave was realistic?
Eugena: Ha! I just wanted to be pretty and be myself! I didn’t want to wear that big weave. It’s just that the photo shoots in LA weren’t realistic. The floating in air? Beyonce and Jay-Z? Fabio? You know what I mean!
RNO: Of your two previous times in the bottom two, once with Monique and once with Brooke, did you believe that you were going home either of those times?
Eugena: No, I never saw myself as going home. I came into this whole thing knowing that I would get to the top. Even when I did badly, I still carried myself through and believed that I would move on. I didn’t want to look or be defeated, so I kept on going and was never swayed by anything that was said to me. No matter what it was – my commitment, the dead eyes, whatever! It was always scary and nerve-wracking to be in the bottom two since there was always that possibility, but refused to believe it was me.
RNO: Obviously you were rooting for CariDee to win over Melrose, but did you think that Melrose had a shot at pulling away with the win?
RNO: Ha! No? Not at all?
Eugena: Nope, and it’s not because I felt like Melrose did horribly, but it’s because CariDee exemplified what a top model should be. She is genuine, likeable, a great personality, amazing photos and a story. She’s everything that Tyra and the judges were looking for. I didn’t think Melrose stood a chance.
RNO: Admit it! You loved it when CariDee accidentally ripped a hole in Melrose’s dress and sent her stumbling!
Eugena: That was funny! I don’t know why Melrose was crying, though. I mean, seriously! Although CariDee is pretty clumsy, and that was a total CariDee moment right there. I just thought it was crazy and funny!
RNO: So what is in the future for you? Do you see yourself continuing to try and pursue the modeling path? Do you want to stick with makeup, or are you ready to try something new?
Eugena: Oh, it’s all tied in together! I can’t do one without the other, so I get to have the best of both worlds, and the best part is, I will get to learn about them all as well. I would love to be able to switch over between the two of them and just get the experience. I want to make the most out of my time on the show. I spent two months doing all that and went through many periods of being uncomfortable to not capitalize on it the most I can!
RNO: What are your other plans? What do you plan on doing in case modeling isn’t something you want to do, and what is the plan B for the future?
Eugena: It’s going to work! That’s the only plan I have because I know that if I keep on track and make the right decisions, it will work out for me. I won’t be happy unless I’m doing something in this industry, and there is nothing that is going to sway me or make me feel otherwise. This is what I want to do and that’s that.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to your fans and fans of the show?
Eugena: I just want to thank all the fans for watching the show, and remind them that you can’t always believe everything that you see on TV!
RNO: Eugena, thank you so much! It has been an absolute pleasure interviewing you, and I know that you are going to do great!
Eugena: And thank you for having such an interest in me!
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