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"I Took The Judges’ Advice And Ran With It": An Interview with America's Next Top Model 4's Michelleby Phil Kural -- 04/29/2005
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I don't want to sit here and say that I wasn't a Michelle fan, because deep down, I did like her. However, I did find her annoying, and her crying at times was just a little too much to handle. I was fortunate enough, as always, to get to interview Michelle. In this interview, she talks about who she connected with, what she thought of the experience as a whole and whose elimination shocked her the most. In my opinion, I don't think Michelle was ready for this show. She's a good looking girl, but I think the judges tore her up, especially when they knew they could upset her by critiquing her. Janice just had too much of a field day with her.
RealityNewsOnline: Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply? Did you send in a tape or go to an open call?
Michelle: To tell you the truth, I had no idea what America's Next Top Model even was. I was actually called by one of the producers of the show, who had seen my picture on a web page, and asked me if I was interested in being on the show. So we ended up meeting, I made a video, and I kept on moving through the process until I found myself in the semifinals! I never thought I would even get there!
RNO: From the beginning, did you feel like an outcast compared to the other girls?
Michelle: Yeah, I did a little bit in the beginning, but that's only because I thought all the other girls were so beautiful, and I didn't think that I really measured up to them. Over time though, I started to gain more self confidence, which helped me fit into the group a little more, but I'd says I was always an outcast.
RNO: Even though it seemed like you didn't seem to connect with the other girls, was there anyone that you felt a connection with?
Michelle: I'd say that I connected with Tiffany the most, although, when I "came out" to the three girls - Tiffany, Noelle and Brandy - I'd say they all got to know the real me. However, I really got to like Tiffany, and she was always there to listen, as I helped her when she was feeling sad about not having her baby around.
RNO: When you got impetigo, did you know what the other girls were saying about you, and did you feel it was blown out of proportion?
Michelle: God, I never knew they were overreacting the way that they were, or even saying half the stuff that was said. I think it was blown out of proportion, and the fact that we are all cooped up with nothing to do could have had something to do with it. I mean, some of the girls were more upset with it than I was, and it was on MY skin!
RNO: You noted several times that your self confidence had grown from the experience. Could you elaborate a little more on that?
Michelle: When I first started on the show, and went to LA for the semifinals, I didn't even think I was going to get picked. For some reason, I didn't feel like I deserved to be there, and didn't think that I was going to make it any further. When my name was called, I was in shock, since I was just hoping that Tiffany would make it after hearing her story from the season before -- so when they called my name, I didn't even know how to react. From that point on, I just started growing, and after each shoot, I became more confident with who I was.
RNO: You had been one of the last girls called at several eliminations. Each time this happened, did you think you were going home?
Michelle: Until the elimination when I was standing there with Keenyah, I was confident that I would be sticking around. However, for the elimination that I went home, as we were waiting while the judges deliberated, I knew that it was my time to go. The other five girls had worked just as hard as me, and deserved to be there. I knew that I would be the one going home at that point.
RNO: Being a wrestler, and probably a little more rough around the edges than some of the other girls, did you feel that you were at a disadvantage?
Michelle: Actually, I think being a wrestler helped me in the competition. I was toned and had the strength to work though the shoots. Also, I had no problem faking the grace, and I know how to walk in heels. I worked it out, but being a wrestler helped me in the competition.1 2 Next-->
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