"I Watched Last Season and Was Jealous of the Girls!" - An Interview with America's Next Top Model 3's Kristiby Phil Kural -- 10/17/2004
I have to admit - I thought Kristi would have lasted much longer then she actually did. But why was she eliminated? She wanted it just as much as the other girls, and, in her opinion, even more than some! In this interview, Kristi touches on some of the subjects like Amanda's lost money, how the house was beginning to split, and what her family thought about her posing topless.
RNO:What did you feel was your greatest asset over the other competition and why?
Kristi: I don't think it really worked like that, but if I had to say something, I'd say that I was very concentrated and dedicated to the whole process. I wanted it very bad, and wanted to get better in any way the judges thought I needed to.
RNO:Do you feel that "modeling nude" and "modeling topless" are the same thing?
Kristi: No, not at all. I know that I wasn't nude, but it was still uncomfortable. Just as much as I would have been if I was totally nude, or at least I know it's not totally nude, but the illusion of being nude. The whole thing was just not a fun process.
RNO:What were your primary and secondary reasons for doing the show?
Kristi: My primary reason was because my family had faith in me and thought that I could do it. My second reason was because I remember watching last season, and I was jealous of all the girls and wanted to do it myself. I felt bad for them sometimes and never thought I'd be able to put myself through it, but I guess my inspiration took over and I did it anyway!
RNO:Did Amanda ever find her $100 she said was stolen?
Kristi: Actually, yes, she did find it. It turned out she spent the money, and totally forgot. She apologized to Eva, but Eva never knew that she was being accused of stealing it in the first place.
RNO:After watching the incident on TV, do you feel that Amanda intentionally pushed Eva, or was it an accident?
Kristi: I think it was definitely a mistake, but once it happened, and Eva started yelling, then Amanda just didn't care and acted like it wasn't a mistake.
RNO:Did the girls in the house begin to look like two different sides were forming around the time you left?
Kristi: Yes, sides were beginning to form, but were not decided yet - at least when I left. There was definitely a calmer group and a cattier group. I like to think that I was one of the calmer girls.
RNO:When it was down to you and Jennipher at the elimination ceremony, did you think you were going home?
Kristi: Yeah, I knew it was me the moment we walked back into the room. I was crying all day and pretty much knew that it was me going home, and when I came to really realize it, it was fine. You don't get to see all the attitude I got in the judging room. Jennipher sealed her position in the bottom two with me when she wrote "ANTM" on her butt. She didn't have a strong picture either, but she definitely wasn't going home then.
RNO:In your opinion, who would you say had the worst walk?
Kristi: I would say Nicole, but it's very hard for me to say since I wasn't really watching the other girls and was worried about my walk!
RNO: Is there anything you could have done differently to have escaped elimination?
Kristi: I should have been more willing to try new things. I would have tried harder, but I really don't think it was the whole not being comfortable with being topless thing that got me eliminated. I actually didn't say a word about it when I was being shot, only in interviews. So, I don't think they really held that against me. I did was I was told to do, and that was to be topless!
RNO:What did your family think about you posing topless?
Kristi: They didn't say anything about it, and thought it was quite tasteful. I mean, the ad was for People magazine, so it's not like it was anything over the top.
RNO: If given the chance, would you do the show again? Why or why not?
Kristi: No, I don't think I would do the show again, but not because it's not great. I loved doing the show, but I realized that I had a lot of learning to do. I just don't want to do that learning on TV. I'd rather be at home, and fail and learn on my own, instead of four people telling me that I'm not doing it right. I'd only do the show again if I absolutely knew that I would win.
RNO: Were any girls causing drama that we didn't get to see on the show, or have most of the main things made it into the episodes?
Kristi:All the major things made it on the show. There were many little fights over petty things like makeup or cleansing wipes, but girls like to fight about dumb things, and it really had nothing to do with the competition, it just dealt with a whole bunch of girls living together under one roof.
RNO: How do you feel you were edited? Were you happy with it?
Kristi: I liked the way I was edited. Actually, I was pretty grateful since I wasn't such a huge personality, and I was shown as someone that was there to learn. I wasn't misrepresented. Actually, I'm usually a very loud person, but in a hyper way. While I was in the loft, that wasn't the case, and I guess that's why I stayed in the background at most times.
RNO: Are you still actively trying to pursue a modeling career?
Kristi: Once the show is finished showing, I'd love to begin a modeling career. That's what's on my mind at the moment, but when I'm finished with that, I'd love to get back into drama, which is my major in school.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say, maybe something funny that didn't make the show?
Kristi: There was so much, but one thing that comes to mind is the bags of makeup that we were given. Only some of the girls got bronzer in their bags, and Jay made it a big point to mention how important bronzer was. Therefore, some girls would steal other girl's bronzer if they left their bags lying around. People made it a point to either hide it, or never let it out of their sight. It was pretty funny, actually!
RNO: Thanks, Kristi!
Phil Kural is a recent graduate from Temple University, with a degree in journalism. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback that you may have.
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