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“I Only Skipped Down the Runway Once!” – An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 10’s Amisby Phil Kural -- 03/19/2008
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Truth be told, I was never really much of an Amis fan – until I interviewed her! Sure, she rambled a little bit, but she was so much fun to talk to! What was the deal with the skip down the runway? Did she know the other girls were talking about her behind her back? Who are the girls to watch? Amis had no problem letting her feelings known in my chat with her, so read on to get the skinny!
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Amis! 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?
Amis: I have never really been much of a viewer of the show. That’s probably because I was never really around on the nights it would air. Last year, though, my roommates were religious about watching the show, so of course I would catch a few episodes here and there. They told me I’d be perfect for the show, but I always figured if I wanted to be a model, I would. So the circumstances changed, and I ended up moving home. I had actually gone to a smaller casting first, and I was selected to fly to Chicago to go to the actual auditions. As I went through the audition process, my hunger to win grew, and I knew that I really wanted this.
RNO: What were your thoughts during the semi-finals? Did you think being so unique would be a pro or a con?
Amis: I wasn’t intimidated at all. Everyone knew that I liked to speak my mind and that I can be very personable. I’m confident, but not overwhelming. It was rough, though, since there were so many girls there all trying to be noticed. However, being in the semi-finals and then being in the house were two totally different experiences. When we got to the house, the cameras were EVERYWHERE!
RNO: Did you have any modeling experience prior to being on the show?
Amis: I did a hair show once in Chicago. You know, those shows with the crazy hair? That’s it, though. That taught me very little about the industry, but it was so much fun. I had never done any print work and I had never had a photo shoot before, so that’s probably why that was the hardest thing for me when we made it into the house.
RNO: Okay, so what was the deal with the skip down the runway? You have to tell me you were intentionally trying to piss of Ms. J.
Amis: I had no clue that the repercussions would be what they were! I mean, we walked down that runway like ten times apiece, but I only skipped down the runway once! I just wanted to entertain the firefighters. I thought the whole challenge was kind of childish, though, since we were in those firefighter outfits, so I felt like a kid and wanted to skip – I always skip!
RNO: Did you know that the other girls were talking about you when you were sleeping late before panel? Did it even bother you?
Amis: It didn’t bother me at all. You really do have 360 vision when you are in the house and everyone is trying to cause some kind of drama. I know that it made me look a little lazy, and that’s the way they portrayed me, and that’s totally fine. I got to panel on time, though, so isn’t that all that really matters?
RNO: Have you seen anything on the show that has surprised you or that you didn’t know was going on? What about things said about you?
Amis: People don’t realize that we have no clue what’s going on when we are there. That whole thing with Allison and the Barbie comments caught me a little off-guard when I saw them, and for the first time, I can say that I actually was on Fatima’s side when she confronted Allison on it. There’s no way to know everything that’s going on, so watching the show and seeing certain things has been pretty eye-opening.
RNO: What did you think would be your biggest asset and weakness in the competition?
Amis: I had a good feeling that I would do well before I had actually made it. I felt confident in my personality, but that changed when we made it to the house. I started looking at myself as an underdog, and felt like there was nothing I could do right to impress the judges. However, I’m glad that I made more friends in the house than enemies, and I was very easy to work with on set, which you didn’t get to see.1 2 Next-->
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