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ďI Donít Want to Piss Anyone Off!Ē Ė An Interview with Americaís Next Top Model 10ís Allisonby Phil Kural -- 03/07/2008
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Allison may have come off a little condescending, but to be honest, I thought she was one of the most ďnaturally beautifulĒ girls in the house. I have to admit, I was shocked when Tyra and company sent her packing. As usual, I had a chance to sit and talk with Allison about her time on the show. I finally got to the bottom of her rivalry with Fatima, what she could have done to stick around longer, and who the girls are to watch from here on out. Read on, my friends, to see what Allison had to say about her time on the show.
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Allison! Thanks for taking time to talk with me today. Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply?
Allison: It seemed like a good opportunity at the time, and I knew that some of the girls on the show actually broke into modeling and are making money. Being on the show really felt like it would give me some good exposure, so I figured, why not?
RNO: It was made pretty clear that you had previous modeling experience before being on the show. How much did you really have?
Allison: I usually worked in the Asian market before, and that was really different. As for why I ended up going on the show, though, I had just finished up with high school and wanted to take a year off. I came across an article in the paper that said they were having open calls, so I took a chance and went.
RNO: Did you feel that having the extra experience would give you a leg up on the competition?
Allison: I did, but what ended up resulting was that it hindered me. I always thought of modeling as very posey, and more modeling 101. It wasnít the right way, but after I got some guidance from Mr. Jay, I really learned how to work on my angles. Honestly, I think you have a better chance of doing well on the show if you are a blank slate. Then you can learn what the judges want you to, instead of having any preconceived notions.
RNO: Letís talk about the editing. Do you feel the editors showed you being so confident in order to build up to your elimination?
Allison: I think so Ė maybe. I tried to avoid watching the episode as much as possible, so I didnít have to regret anything that I said. I think everyone at one point or another says things that they donít mean, or wouldnít normally say.
RNO: Were you shocked when you were sent home over Dominique? You were obviously visibly upset.
Allison: I wasnít shocked when it came down to the two of us. I knew I was going then. It was no secret that the judges didnít care for my personality, which I could tell when Paulina was giving me my critique, and I tried to smile more, but I knew that the judges liked Dominiqueís personality, and that she was a fun girl. In the beginning of the elimination, I had no idea it would be me, but when I was in the bottom two, I knew I was going.
RNO: Your rivalry with Fatima, was it as intense as it seemed, or was it played up when the cameras were around?
Allison: I wasnít the only girl that got in arguments with Fatima. Iím not sure what the deal was with the other girls and her, since it wasnít my business, but maybe a lot of it had to do with the fact that we were in a competition with one another, and having to live with one another. It was all the stress that brings out an ugly side in all of us. It was weird, though, since Fatima and I got along great during the semi-finals!
RNO: Looking back, do you think you gave 100%, or do you feel there is more you could have done in order to stick around longer?
Allison: I think I would have tried to come off a lot more humble to the judges. Itís water under the bridge now, though. Itís the past. I canít do anything to change it, so I have to just be happy that I got the exposure and my name out there.
RNO: Have you seen anything on the show that has shocked you? Maybe something you didnít realize was going on until you saw it on TV?
Allison: No, not really. I mean, it was a built-in studio in the house. It doesnít look the way it does on TV. There are cameras everywhere, and everything was kept on a schedule. We had microphones strapped on all the time. I think I was kept in the loop, though.
RNO: What were your true feelings about your makeover? Have you stuck with the new look?
Allison: I kind of stuck with it. I didnít go back to the hair color I originally had, and I liked the color the judges gave me, but that washed out pretty quickly after I was eliminated, and my roots were beginning to show. I decided to just go back to my natural hair color, which is a light brown, and keep it the same length. Iím happy with it, though!
RNO: What is something about you that viewers/readers would be shocked to find out that we didnít get to see on the show?
Allison: Well, my taste in music and movies, really. Iím a weird girl, and to be honest, my taste in movies is a lot like Laurenís. Well, not exactly like, but we like the same type of stuff, you know?
RNO: So from this point, who do you think the girls to watch are?
Allison: I think Whitney, Lauren, and Aimee are all girls that you should keep your eye on. I canít say who has the most potential, since I donít have an eye for that and itís not my expertise or place to say, but I think all the girls that are there have potential; otherwise we wouldnít have been chosen.
RNO: You had stated that it wasnít your time to go, and that others were much weaker. Who were you talking about?
Allison: Iím trying to think Ė I said a lot of things, so itís hard to remember. I probably meant that more in a personality sense, not a modeling sense. I donít want to piss anyone off!
RNO: With the experience that you have, do you still plan on trying to pursue a full-time modeling career?
Allison: For sure! My name is out there now, so hopefully someone will see me and want to work with me. Since there is a confidentiality issue with the show, we canít really pursue anything until we are sent home. Now I can actually go out and look for an agency, but I love building my book up.
RNO: What are your future plans other than modeling? Is there anything else you are looking to pursue?
Allison: I would love to do TV. Acting, too. Even if I could get into hosting. I took a year off from school because this is something that I really wanted to pursue, so Iím going to do it for a little while.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show?
Allison: To all my friends, anyone rooting for me, and to all the fans, thank you so much! The support means a lot, and you havenít heard the last from me!
RNO: Thanks, Allison!
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Phil Kural is an office manager at a dental office, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. You can send feedback to him at email@example.com
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